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Thursday, January 30, 2003


The Daredevil movie will be featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of TV Guide dated Feb. 8-14.

The cover to the issue features Daredevil stars Ben Affleck (unmasked) and Jennifer Garner with the tagline "The World's Sexiest Man! TV's Sexiest Woman! The Hottest Comic Book Movie Ever!"

The Daredevil cover follows previous TV Guide covers featuring Smallville and the Spider-Man and X-Men movies.

"She was really tough," Affleck said of Garner in the story. "It made me feel like, 'Wow, I'll look like a real wuss if I complain.' She could easily kick my ass, and often did." Michael Clarke Duncan, who costars as crime lord Kingpin, agreed.

"At first, I thought Jennifer as one of these cutesy girls who used a bunch of stunt doubles," he said. "But she did this stunt where she kicks off the wall and does this split, and I was ready to marry that woman right then."

Another blow to Affleck's ego came courtesy of director Mark Steven Johnson's request that he dye his hair red to play lead character Matt Murdock - lawyer by day and vigilante by night.

"I grew it out long because Mark wanted the look of one of those Japanese cartoons, where they have that overly spiky kind of hair," Affleck said. "I was glad I did, except when I was wandering around in my real life with this big red Afro. I looked like Ronald McDonald."

Colin Farrell, who plays Bullseye, also worried about coming off like a clown.

"I just tried to run with it and have a laugh doing it, but sometimes I felt ridiculous," he said. "I'd kick a pane of glass and I basically looked like someone having an epileptic fit. You just hope that all the (computer-generated effects) they put in later will make you look cool."

As for Garner, she said she was a complete Daredevil novice before the film. "Growing up, it never occurred to me to read a comic book," she said. "I grew up in a family of girls." There is talk that both Affleck and Garner may sign on for additional Daredevil films, as well as rumors of a spin-off centered around Garner's character, Elektra. But the Alias star claimed she isn't feeling any pressure.

"This movie thing is fantastic, but I have a day job that I love," she said. "Unfortunately for Ben, (the pressure) rests more on his shoulders. I will bask in his success, and if it doesn't do well, I'll be like, 'Oh, Ben, too bad.'"

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In other Daredevil news:

* Entertainment Tonight will show another exclusive clip on Thursday, this one featuring more of the first meeting between Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios.

* Topps' Daredevil trading cards are now available.

* Look for coverage of the Daredevil press junket and world premiere soon here in The Continuum.


For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include X-Men Unlimited #41, Rawhide Kid #1, Spider-Girl #57, Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules #2, Thor #59, The Punisher #21 and Exiles #22.


For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Justice League Adventures #16, Batman/Aliens II #2, Detective Comics #779, The Sandman Presents: Bast #2 and Zero Girl: Full Circle #4.


For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Evo #1, Tomb Raider #26, Hawaiian Dick #2 and Fathom #1/2.

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The Continuum has obtained a first look at two new characters appearing in an upcoming episode of Kids' WB!'s Static Shock episode.

The characters, Anasi and Osebo, will appear in the episode "Static in Africa," which is scheduled to air on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Anasi, a spider-themed character, is a hero whose voice is performed by Carl Lumbly, who also stars in Alias and does the voice of Martian Manhunter in Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series.

Osebo is the villain of the episode. He is voiced by Michael Jai White, who starred in the Spawn movie.

Roscoe Lee Browne, whose many credits include the Kingpin in Fox Kids' Spider-Man series, also is a guest-star in the episode.

"Static in Africa" was written by Dwayne McDuffie.

Look for more Static Shock news on Friday here in The Continuum.


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