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Saturday, July 19, 2003
COMIC-CON: BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, the animated movie being released on DVD on Oct. 21, was screened for the first time before a capacity crowd at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday.
The Continuum has also obtained these first images from the film. Click on the images for larger views.
Here's how Warner Home Video describes the movie:
"When a new vigilante in the guise of Batwoman appears in Gotham City, she is so ruthless and destructive that Batman feels compelled to stop her. As he tries to uncover her secret identity, he comes to realize that she has targeted a criminal consortium headed by Penguin, who is trying desperately to export a cache of high-tech arms out of Gotham City.
"Eventually, Batman comes to suspect that Batwoman is Kathy Duquesne, the spoiled daughter of criminal kingpin Carleton Duquense, who is Penguin's partner. But just when Batman thinks he's got the goods on her, evidence points to another woman, and then another. By the time Batman realizes who the mysterious Batwoman really is, she has been captured by Bane, whom Penguin has hired to oversee the export of arms. It's up to Batman to save her, defeat Bane and stop the shipment of arms before it leaves Gotham Harbor."
The cast includes Kevin Conroy as Batman; Kyra Sedgwick as Batwoman; Kimberly Brooks as Kathy Duquense; Kelly Ripa, as Rocky, a Bruce Wayne employee who Batman suspects might be Batwoman; Elisa Gabrielli, Harvey Bullock's new partner who Batman suspects might be Batwoman; David Ogden Stiers as Penguin; Kevin Michael Richardson as Carleton Duquense; Efram Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred; Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon; Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon; Hector Elizondo as Bane; and Eli Marienthal as Robin.
Prior to the screening, Warner Bros. conducted a press conference with supervising producer Alan Burnett, writer Michael Reaves, producer/director Curt Geda and Conroy. Look for more on Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman press conference soon here in The Continuum.
In related news:
* Look for Mattel to have a Batwoman toy line and Pizza Hut to have a Kids Meal tie-in with the film.
* A representative of Warner Home Video told The Continuum that, while there have been discussions of boxed sets of DVDs from the Batman animated series and it might happen, nothing is currently scheduled.
COMIC-CON: BATMAN PANEL
Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti are the new art team on Catwoman beginning with #25, writer Ed Brubaker announced at the Batman panel on Friday at Comic-Con International.
"I've been a fan of his since I was a little kid," said Brubaker of Gulacy, who recently worked with Palmiotti on the Reload mini-series.
For much more news from the Batman panel, CLICK HERE.
COMIC-CON: VERTIGO PANEL
Grant Morrison has signed a two-year exclusive deal with DC Comics, it was revealed at the Vertigo panel at Comic-Con International on Friday.
Morrison, whose recent work includes The Filth at DC and New X-Men at Marvel, will end his New X-Men run with #154.
For a rundown of the panel, including the latest from Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, CLICK HERE.
NEW MUTANT X DVD
ADV Films has announced a Sept. 16 release for Mutant X: Season One, Disc 4, the fourth DVD volume of the first season of the syndicated television series Mutant X.
Mutant X: Season One, Disc 4 includes two complete episodes: "Lit Fuse" and "In the Presence of Mine Enemies."
Here's a description of the episodes:
Adam leads the Mutant X team on a mission to protect Ashley Elliot, a beautiful mutant whose insatiable consumption of electricity is causing city-wide blackouts.
"IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES"
The Mutant X team embarks on a dangerous rescue mission to save Jesse's mutant girlfriend-a computer genius who has been kidnapped by the GSA.
Mutant X: Season One, Disc 4 is a DVD-only release in English.
Extras include: widescreen video and Dolby Digital sound;
outtakes; episodic photo gallery; character profile: "Emma;" cast biography:
Lauren Lee Smith; original TV promos; and ADV previews.
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