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Thursday, July 24, 2003
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include JLA #83, Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity #2, Green Lantern #167, Empire #1, Hellblazer #186, Red #1 and The Losers #2.
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE
Scott Rummell told The Continuum he has returned for the second season of Cartoon Network's Justice League as the voice of Aquaman.
Rummell couldn't go into detail about the two-part story, although he did say that Mark Hamill's Solomon Grundy is also involved.
"It's lots of fun and there are surprises," he said.
Rummell talked to The Continuum during a signing with Justice League producer Bruce Timm and castmates George Newbern, Carl Lumbly and Phil LaMarr.
Although Aquman appeared in just two episodes of the first season of Justice League, the character is a fixture in Matell's toy line and remains popular.
"Of all the voices I've done, Aquaman is the one that people come up to me and say, 'do that one,'" Rummell said.
In other Justice League news:
* A source told The Continuum that it's "likely" there will be a third season of the series. A representative of Cartoon Network could not confirm yet if this was the case.
* Look for more on Justice League very soon here in The Continuum.
BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN UPDATE
David Ogden Stiers is providing the voice of Penguin for the upcoming Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman animated movie.
The voice of Penguin had previously been performed by Paul Williams.
"We wanted to experiment a little and bring a little more big boss element to it," said supervising producer Alan Burnett. "David Ogden Stiers is one of the most amazing voice actors I've worked with, and I really like what he did on this."
The movie is not the first association Stiers has had with the DC Universe. He played Martian Manhunter in CBS' never-aired live-action Justice League pilot.
In other Batman news:
* Warner Bros. has released a menu shot from the DVD. Click on the image above for a larger look.
* Burnett on reports of a new Batman animated series, basically rebooting the character: "Whatever new development on Batman, I would just wait and see. Things are changing all the time."
* Burnett said there are no current plans for another animated Batman movie.
* Look for more Batman news soon here in The Continuum.
THE SIMPSONS GUEST VOICES
X2 star Ian McKellen and Daredevil star Jennifer Garner are among the guest voices for the upcoming 15th season of Fox's The Simpsons.
Upon arrival at Heathrow Airport, The Simpsons are welcomed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, guest-starring as himself, and they run into run into McKellen and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, providing their own voices. Unfortunately Homer also runs into the Queen in her royal coach. Meanwhile, Grampa Simpson pines for a British chippy named Edwina, guest star Jane Leeves, who he met when he was stationed there in 1943.
Jerry Lewis lends his voice to Professor Frink, Sr. in The Simpsons Halloween trilogy, "Treehouse of Horror XIV." Garner and boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, playing themselves, also stir up tricks and treats in the annual special.
The season gets off to mad start with guest voice Glenn Close reprising her role as Mother Simpson in the season premiere episode "My Mother The Carjacker." On the lam for years, Homer's shady Mom returns to Springfield only to have the police catch up to her once and for all. Desperate not lose her again, Homer busts her out of jail by taking control of the prison bus she's traveling in.
Other guest voices include documentarian Michael Moore, Mr. T and the late Robert Stack as themselves, and Jackie Mason returns as Rabbi Krustofsky. Later in the season, American Idol's Simon Cowell lends his voice to a brutally honest elementary school admissions screener.
EDITOR'S NOTE: COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL
Comic-Con International ended on Sunday, but The Continuum's coverage continues throughout this week with more than 30 stories and interviews.
Here are some links to previous stories in case you missed them recently.
* For stories from Preview Night, including an interview with Mike Mignola about the Hellboy movie, CLICK HERE.
* For the CrossGen Comics panel, CLICK HERE.
* For the WildStorm Productions panel, CLICK HERE.
* For a look at the Hellboy movie trading cards, CLICK HERE.
* For a look at the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman movie, CLICK HERE.
* For DC Comics' Batman panel, CLICK HERE.
* For DC Comics' Vertigo panel, CLICK HERE.
* For the Spider-Man sequel panel, including a first look at Doc Ock, CLICK HERE.
* For comments from Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry about appearing in a third X-Men movie, CLICK HERE.
* For the Smallville panel, CLICK HERE.
* For an interview with Spider-Man 2 producer Avi Arad, CLICK HERE.
* For DC Comics' super teams panel, CLICK HERE.
* For Phil LaMarr talking about the Static Shock/Green Lantern team-up, CLICK HERE.
* For the Hellboy movie panel, CLICK HERE.
"I didn't get to fight anyone," she said. "I was upset. (I want to) do something with martial arts, something tough."
Paquin also related a story about buying a can of Dr Pepper with her image on it. "It was possibly the most surreal thing I've seen," she said.
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