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OFFBEAT: William Shatner, Dean Cain and Stan Lee among stars at weekend's Chicago Comic Con

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2012-08-07T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: William Shatner, Dean Cain and Stan Lee among stars at weekend's Chicago Comic ConBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Actress Sean Young will forever be connected to the role of Batman's villainness Catwoman, even though she never had her chance to play the character, currently being played on big screens this month by Ann Hathaway in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Back in 1992, while "Batman Returns," directed by Tim Burton for Warner Bros., was getting underway, Young started her own very public campaign about why she should be cast in the role.

She even dressed up in her own homemade Catwoman costume and took a limo to the studio sound stage where the filming was starting to make her own kooky pitch to Burton, who wasn't so keen on the interruption.

She also flew to New York City to appear as a guest on Joan Rivers' syndicated daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" to plead to the public for support, again, wearing her cat suit and even pouring a bag of real kitty litter on her chair before sitting in it for the interview. (Visit the online version of this column at NWI.com for the clip of her interview with Rivers.)

In the end, of course, the role went to Michelle Pfeiffer.

Young, 52, is among the parade of stars with comic book and sci-fi connections headed to the Windy City this weekend to mingle with fans and sign autographs at the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con event at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road in Rosemont this Thursday through Sunday.

Here are some of the other scheduled notable names attending: Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, William Shatner, Tom Felton (the young blonde bad guy from the "Harry Potter" films), Scott Bakula, Nina Dobrev, Bruce Campbell, Broadway's Denis O'Hare, Sam Trammell, Hayden Panettiere, Dean Cain, Laura Vandervoort, Holly-Marie Combs, Brian Krause, Jon Bernthal, Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocco, "Beverly Hill 90210" stars Luke Perry and Jason Priestly, Joey Lawrence, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, James Masters, Juliet Landau, Amber Benson, Amy Acker, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Katrina Law, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Lauren Holly, Scottie Thompson, Colin Ferguson, Lou Ferrigno, Dean Stockwell, Frank Vincent, Colin Cunningham, Avery Brooks, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, Kevin Sorbo and Doug Jones.

In addition to the celebrity autograph booths, there will also be Q & A panels each day and plenty of collectibles and memorabilia tables for rare finds to purchase. There is a fee charged for autographs and photo opps with the stars.

Tickets are on sale now at wizardworld.com/chicago and cheaper to buy in advance, rather than at the venue. Tickets range from $35 for a one-day pass and up to $75 for a four-day pass. Children 10 and younger are free. The event runs from noon until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and then 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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