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William Shatner wheelchair Comic-Con: Shatner in wheelchair? Not captain's chair

Actors William Shatner and Betty White speak onstage at TV Land's Legends Of TV Land Panel during the 2014 Comic Con International Convention at Hilton Bayfront on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Actors William Shatner and Betty White speak onstage at TV Land's Legends Of TV Land Panel during the 2014 Comic Con International Convention at Hilton Bayfront on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for TV Land

William Shatner surprised Comic-Con fans when the 83-year-old Shatner needed a “push” to get onstage at the 45th annual Comic-Con International celebration of the pop arts in downtown San Diego. The wheelchair-bound Shatner was not in the captain’s seat this time, though he still had full control of the helm. The iconic Star Trek star just needed a bit of a shove to get going. Wheel me out Scotty!

Shatner himself explained to the crowd last week: “I was riding a horse and had an accident. The horse got off scot-free. I did not. I wrecked my leg.” Video taken by ABC News shows Shatner in his “wheels,” alongside Betty White and Scrubs star Donald Faison. Jack Black made an appearance as well, and showed the crowd that his “Kung-Fu Panda” martial arts skills were still intact.

Despite his injury, Shatner said he was determined to make his Comic-Con appearance.

“I was not going to miss it,” the animal lover and Legends of TV panelist said. “In a couple of days I'll be fine, but right now I'm in a lot of pain.”

Writes Hollywood News Daily: “Shatner’s leg and foot pain was so bad that he was spotted being wheeled out of Comic-Con without a shoe on his right foot, likely because of the pain wearing a shoe caused his injury.”

Shatner’s Twitter followers – 18,000 strong – were relieved to learn that his injuries, which Shatner has not elaborated on, appear to be only temporary. Shatner tweeted out a pic of himself showing Betty White an asteroid nugget that was millions of years old, and of course asking the aged White if she perhaps remembered it.

Backstage at Comicon: Here I am showing my 4 million year old asteroid piece to @BettyMWhite. http://www.whosay.com/l/MUr8Tnf @WilliamShatner

Comic-Con 2014 had “plenty of major news and also some letdowns,” says Access Hollywood. Among the noteworthy takeaways was our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from the upcoming Batman v Superman film, but fans of the “Jurassic Park” reboot were disappointed that there were no teasers other than a poster.