Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza.

The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.

More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend the sold-out event, where studios will offer exclusive previews of their latest properties.

Television is making a bigger splash than in previous years, with several shows diving into the 6,500-seat exhibition hall that’s traditionally been movies’ main home at the convention center. “This is the year that we’ll see as much TV (as film), especially in Hall H,” said Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of RottenTomatoes.com, which aggregates film and television reviews.