Ender's Game is going to Comic-Con ... WITHOUT Orson Scott Card

As the marketing machine gears up for this sci-fi epic, there's one face that's noticeably absent. 

San Diego's annual Comic-Con is still the mecca for all things geeky. So, naturally, it's the place where all sci-fi things great and small come to promote what they're working on.

It's no surprise, then, that Ender's Game will be looking to make a big splash at the con. In addition to the expected panel, Summit Entertainment will also be providing an eight-room interactive Ender’s Game exhibit. That's pretty cool, even by Comic-Con standards.

As for the panel proper, it will take place on July 18 in the famed Hall H, where the line to get in never ends. On the panel will be star Harrison Ford, producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood and co-stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. Everyone. Well, almost. The man who wrote the book series upon which the film is based, Orson Scott Card, won't be there.

While Card has long been known for his gifts as a sci-fi creator, in recent years he has also become infamous for his very public anti-gay views. His stance hasn't gone over very well with many people (fans included), and so it seems likely that Card is being purposefully kept at arm's length from promotion for the Ender's Game film adaptation in order to prevent fans from attempting to start a boycott.

Whether or not that's a good thing, we can't say we're surprised. After Card was fired from a Superman comic due to fan backlash at his involvement, we almost assumed he wouldn't turn up for Comic-Con.

But now it's official -- no Orson Scott Card for San Diego Comic-Con.

(via Deadline)