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Monday, June 24, 2002

BIRDS OF PREY'S TV JOKER

Stuntman Roger Stoneburner, who played The Joker in The WB's Birds of Prey pilot, told The Continuum he was happy to see the property make it to the series stage.

"It was pretty cool and I'm happy to see that it was picked up and will even shoot in L.A.," Stoneburner told The Continuum. "This way many stunt people will be working on it and hopefully I will be called back to reprise The Joker, with Mark Hamill doing the voice. He really has the great voice for that character; (he's) just not tall and scrawny like me."

Stoneburner told The Continuum how he got the part.

"In the stunt industry there is a 'bible' called the Stuntplayers directory, which I am listed in," Stoneburner said. "The producers of Birds of Prey picked my picture from that book, with the help of Hiro Koda, the stunt coordinator. Although I have a shaved head, they apparently saw the likeness to the Joker. Hiro is a top-notch martial artist and was the fight coordinator for, I think, both The Mummy and The Scorpion King and he's been coordinating the fights recently for Daredevil.

"So, Hiro called and said, 'These guys want you to come in for The Joker.' That's it. I had no idea it was THE JOKER. I don't follow comics, so I just went in blind and had the producers look at me in the flesh."

Stoneburner was asked by the producers to smile as big as he could. "At that point I knew which Joker they were talking about," he said.

In the Birds of Prey pilot, The Joker briefly is seen in a confrontation with Batman and Batgirl and then shooting Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) in her apartment.

Alex Daniels, who was the Batman stuntman in Batman and Robin and the OnStar commercials, did the stunts as Batman in Birds of Prey.

Birds of Prey will air on Wednesday nights beginning this fall. Look for more on the show soon here in The Continuum.


X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE

Curt Geda, the newest director of X-Men: Evolution, told The Continuum that his first episode will spotlight Juggernaut.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's a lot of fun," Geda said during The Continuum's visit to Film Roman last week. "I even got some friends who had worked with me on Superman or Batman or Batman Beyond. I told them, 'It's just like the things we've always done.'

"The bigger scale is much more fun to me. I love the action."

"I've never seen Juggernaut played so well," Marvel Studios' Craig Kyle said of the episode. "He was great in Season 1, but this time around, oh boy!"

Geda joins the X-Men: Evolution directing staff with the departure of Steve Gordon, who is remaining with the show as character designer. Geda's many credits include the Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker movie.

"The scripts I've gotten are among the best I've ever worked on, so it's a lot of fun," Geda said of X-Men: Evolution, which is entering its third season on Kids' WB!.

Look for more from Geda on X-Men: Evolution soon here in The Continuum.

WITCHBLADE TV SCHEDULE

TNT has released a scheduled and upcoming loglines for Witchblade.

Following is a rundown:

"CONSECTATIO"

Today, 9 p.m.; encores on Tuesday, 11 p.m.

Obsessed with his feelings for Sara Pezzini and possessed by the spirit of Kenneth Irons, Ian Nottingham contracts with a group of deadly assassins to murder Sara. But when he later regrets his decision, will it be too late to call off the killers and save Sara?

"STATIC"

Monday, July 1, 9 p.m.; encores on Tuesday, July 2 at 11 p.m.

When a rock star meets his untimely demise, Sara and Danny are called in on a series of strange homicides. But when Sara discovers that the killer is using a trail of mayhem to lure her into a trap, her investigation turns into a fight for the Witchblade.

"NAILED"

Monday, July 8, 9 p.m.; encore Tuesday, July 9 at 11 p.m.

When a psychotic serial killer with a penchant for young girls -- and a fetish for their fingernails -- becomes obsessed with Danny's niece, Sara must rely on the Witchblade's visions to find the girl before she becomes the killer's next victim.

"LAGRIMAS"

Monday, July 15, 9 p.m.; encores Tuesday, July 16, 11 p.m.

Sara experiences love at first sight when she meets the man of her dreams. But her perfect love turns into a perfect nightmare as a jealous Ian Nottingham reveals her lover's true nature. Sara is faced with the impossible dilemma: can she kill the man she loves?

"HIEROPHANT"

Monday, July 22, 9 p.m.; encores Tuesday, July 23, 11 p.m.

A killer known only as "V" tries to take over New York's organized crime syndicates, leaving a swath of mayhem in his wake. But when the evidence gathered at the crime scenes turn up the fingerprints of Sara's long-dead father, she must trust the Witchblade's powers to overcome her feelings and wage battle with the greatest evil she has ever faced.

TNT has planned a Witchblade marathon on Sunday, Aug. 26, beginning at noon. Episodes will include "Emergence," "Destiny," "Agape," "Consectatio," "Static," "Nailed," "Lagrimas" and "Hierophant."


BRIEFLY

  • Here's a first look at covers to Uncanny X-Men #412, Uncanny X-Men #413, X-Men Unlimited #38 and Ultimate X-Men #22. Look for Marvel solicitations after midnight on Tuesday here in The Continuum.

    GIVE'EM A CLICK

  • Spider-Man finished 10th at the box office in its eighth week of release last weekend with an estimated $4.4 million. The film's domestic total stands at $390.2 million and it should pass the $400 million within 10 days.

  • The Blade II DVD and VHS will now be available to purchase or rent on Aug. 30.

  • Men in Black II director Barry Sonnenfeld will appear on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday.

  • Coming Tuesday: TV news - and much more!!!
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