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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

MUTANT X UPDATE

Tribune Entertainment has begun releasing new images from Mutant X, the syndicated television series that begins its third season next month.

The images are the first of new cast member Karen Cliche, who plays Lexa Pierce, a mutant who can manipulate light. Cliche starred in another Tribune show, Adventure, Inc., last season.

Returning cast members include Victor Webster as Brennan Mulwray, Victoria Pratt as Shalimar Fox and Forbes March as Jesse Kilmartin.

Mutant X will begin its third season the week of Sept. 29 with the episode "Into the Moonless Night."

Other upcoming episodes include "Wages of Sin" the week of Oct. 6, "The Breed" the week of Oct. 13, "Where Evil Dwells" the week of Oct. 20 and "The Taking of Crows" the week of Oct. 27.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Mutant X images on Thursday here in The Continuum.





JESSICA BIEL IN BLADE: TRINITY

Jessica Biel will play Abigail, Whistler's daughter, in Blade: Trinity, the third movie in the New Line Cinema franchise.

Biel, best known for her role in The WB's 7th Heaven, is also starring in New Line's upcoming remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Biel's other movie credits include Rules of Attraction and Summer Catch.

Blade: Trinity, written and directed by David Goyer, is expected begin shooting next month in Vancouver. Goyer also wrote the first two Blade films.

Wesley Snipes returns as Marvel's vampire hunter, and Kris Kristofferson is back as Whistler.

Look for more on Blade: Trinity soon here in The Continuum.



BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN UPDATE

Curt Geda, producer/director of the upcoming Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman movie, said the design of Batwoman had a little influence from Batman Beyond.

"The biggest trick with Batwoman is that her face had to be completely covered," Geda said. "There could be no hint at what she looked like, so that was a crucial element. And that seemed to lend itself toward Batman Beyond."

The other necessity of the design is that Batwoman had to look somewhat similar to Batman.

"I had to stick to fairly close to the gray and black, some simple color schemes, and, of course, with the style of this Batman, it had to be fairly simple, too," Geda said. "Batgirl wore blue and yellow, so it was just trying to find something that made her attractive and still in the Batman universe."

The character designs overall stay close to the history of the Batman world in the Warner Bros. Animation universe.

"The period of about five years ago, these are pretty much the designs," Geda said. "There were some slight changes, like with Penguin, who we wanted a little bit more menacing."

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman will be released on DVD and VHS on Oct. 21.



ULTIMATE SIX PREVIEW

Marvel Comics on Wednesday released a preview of Ultimate Six #1, the launch of a six-issue mini-series teaming Spider-Man with the Ultimates against a band of super-villains.

The book, which arrives in stores on Sept. 17, is by writer Brian Michael Bendis, penciler Trevor Hairsine, special contributor Joe Quesada and cover artist John Cassaday.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

"The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Sandman and a final mystery member rounding this 'Sinister Six' have been taken prisoner by Nick Fury & S.H.I.E.L.D. Why have they been brought together? And more importantly - what happens when they escape?

"Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the rest of the Ultimates prepare to bring them back into custody and thwart a horrific plan hatched in the mind of Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. But where is Ultimate Spider-Man when the Ultimates need a hand?"

Ultimate Six #1 will be 40 pages and will cost $2.99.

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WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO UPDATE

In case you missed The Continuum's coverage of Wizard World Chicago, here are some links:

For DC's Superman panel, CLICK HERE.

For Top Cow's Witchblade panel, CLICK HERE.

For DC's Vertigo panel, CLICK HERE.

For Marvel's Ultimate panel, CLICK HERE.

For Marvel's X-Men panel, CLICK HERE.

For DC's DC Universe panel, CLICK HERE.

For the Aspen panel, CLICK HERE.

For the Marvel panel, CLICK HERE.

For the WildStorm panel, CLICK HERE.



BRIEFLY

  • The 7th Helper, originally scheduled for November release, has been moved back by DC Comics to be released in the second quarter of 2004.

    "November tends to be a very crowded month for new, high-profile projects," said Bob Wayne, DC's VP - sales and marketing. "We've decided to wait for a more appropriate time to release The 7th Helper, when the marketplace is not quite as crowded with projects starring core DC Universe characters."

    DC will announce the new release date for The 7th Helper when it is set.

  • Coming Thursday: DC news -- and much more!!!



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