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Thursday, August 29, 2002
BIRDS OF PREY UPDATE
Production of the first season of The WB's Birds of Prey is well underway in Los Angeles.
Filming has just started on the third episode, "Prey for a Hunter." The "Pilot" episode - which will kick off the series on Wednesday, Oct. 9 - had several scenes re-shot, most particularly those involving Dr. Harleen Quinzel as Mia Sara has replaced Sherilyn Fenn in the role.
Sources told The Continuum that the stunts and special effects for the series are "amazing" for television.
In other BoP news:
* The Clock Tower set has been redesigned. During The Continuum's visit to the set this summer, the designers said the goal was to make the set a little brighter than the gray walls originally used. The clock itself will be kept and plays a big role visually at the end of "Pilot."
* The WB has released three more publicity photos from the series. Click on the thumbnails above for larger and fuller images.
* Mark Hamill will remain as the voice of The Joker.
* Barbara Gordon will appear as Batgirl beyond the "Pilot" episode.
* Look for more on Birds of Prey soon here in The Continuum.
IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews or Image Comics titles arriving in stores next week, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Savage Dragon #100, Liberty Meadows #27, Stupid Comics #1 and World Class Comics #1.
X-MEN: EVOLUTION UPDATE
Greg Johnson, story editor of X-Men: Evolution, provided The Continuum with details of early episodes for third season.
The new season kicks off on Sept. 14 with an episode called "Day of Recovery."
"'Day of Recovery' deals with the aftermath of the mutant reveal, and the X-Men's effort to rescue some of their fallen comrades," Johnson told The Continuum. "There are some interesting developments due to the power struggles within the ranks of the mutants, as well."
Look for Mystique and Storm to play key roles in the episode.
Although Kids' WB! hasn't announced its schedule beyond Sept. 14, it's likely that new episodes of X-Men: Evolution will air for three more successive weeks.
Following "Day of Recovery" is "The Stuff Of Heroes," written By Bob Forward; "Mainstream," story by Johnson, written by Michael Merton; and "The Stuff Of Villains," written by Adam Beechen.
Johnson also told The Contiuuum that he is writing scripts for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle show. "I'll be doing that until I get word on a pickup for X-Men," Johnson said.
MUTANT X UPDATE
The Continuum has obtained five new images from "Past as Prologue," the second-season premiere of Mutant X set to air in syndication the week of Sept. 30.
The episode will pick up where last season left off. Michael Easton will return as Gabriel Ashlocke for three episodes, including the opener.
Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images from "Past as Prologue."
In other Mutant X news:
* Victoria Pratt, who plays Shalimar, said she continues to do many of her own stunts. "I do as much as they let me," she said. "Things like jumping through glass, no. I'm insured for jumping from three stories. They won't let me jump from 10, but three is fine."
* Don't look for any Marvel guest-stars in the show.
"Originally when we developed the show we thought about that," said Tribune Entertainment's Seth Howard. "But we really felt this show could be the next evolution of super-heroes in their own universe. These guys don't wear costumes and they don't go out and battle Green Goblins and things like that.
"So it's much more grounded in our world and I think we're going to keep it that way."
Howard said he was particularly pleased with the second Mutant X comic Marvel published. "I hope they do more," he said.
* Look for more Mutant X news later this week here in The Continuum.
SERIES III OF MARVEL LEGENDS
The series includes Wolverine, Thor, Ghost Rider and Magneto in their "classic" looks.
The figures will come with bases and comics, similar to the others in the line.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Toy Biz/Marvel news soon here in The Continuum.
FIRST LOOK: THOR #54
Thor #54 will arrive in stores next week from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by Dan Jurgens, with art by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna.
Marvel did not release any story information with the solicitation of this issue.
Thor #54 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.
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