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Friday, November 14, 2003


The recently released trailer for The Punisher movie showed tropical settings and sunny scenes, but even though the film is set in Florida, it will have a street feel.

The scenes of Frank Castle and his family's reunion in the trailer don't take place where The Punisher ultimately does his business. In the film's story, Castle goes to Tampa after his wife and son are killed.

During The Continuum's recent visit to the set, producer Gale Anne Hurd was asked why the film was shot in Tampa.

"First reason is that's where the script is based," Hurd said. "Frank Castle was on a number of different operations in the field. This is where his last undercover op was. It's unfortunately where things went down in a such way that his family paid the consequences. So's he come back for vengeance. For punishment."

In other Punisher news:

* Marvel's Ari Arad, a co-producer who lived in Tampa during production, said that while The Punisher isn't as well known as characters such as Spider-Man and The Hulk, that there is a built-in following for the film.

"The Punisher is actually pretty popular now, especially since about 2000," Arad said. "But he's actually always been pretty big. He's always been a big seller. And everybody knows that skull. It's almost one of those things that even if you don't know the Punisher, you've seen the imagery. We always looked at it as a marquee character."

* For The Continuum's feature on Punisher Thomas Jane, CLICK HERE.

* Look for more news on the film soon here in The Continuum.

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The WB has released a fourth image from "Shattered," this Wednesday's new episode of Smallville.

The image shows John Glover as Lionel Luthor and Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor. In the episode, Lex locates Morgan Edge (Patrick Bergin) and gets him to admit to dirty dealings with Lionel, but before Lex can take it to the authorities, someone tries to kill him at the mansion. Barely surviving, Lex flees and asks Clark (Tom Welling) for help. However, when Clark returns to the mansion to investigate he finds nothing amiss, and begins to wonder if it really happened, especially after Lionel announces Lex has had a psychotic break and must be institutionalized.

In other Smallville news:

Artist Tom Derenick said he is providing work for the TV show, DC's Smallville comic book and Warner Bros.' Smallville Ledger website.

"The third season marks a serious attempt to tie the events from the television show to the Smallville Ledger web site and the DC comic books series," Derenick said. "Each will fill in gaps and compliment one another more than any licensed property has ever done in the past."

Derenick supplied a sample of his art from the Urban Legend article currently featured on the web site, which features news articles from the fictional newspaper that cover events and people from episodes of the show.

The fifth issue of the Smallville comics will arrive in stores on Wednesday and follows Clark during the three-month gap between Season 2 and Season 3.

"These combined forms of storytelling will help make the Smallville experience more enjoyable for all fans of the series," Derenick said.

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DC Comics on Thursday announced that it is collecting George Perez's run on Wonder Woman into four trade paperbacks.

In 1987, after completing work on the maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Perez begain his run as penciller and co-writer Wonder Woman.

DC will collect the entire 24 issues penciled by Perez, beginning in February with Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals, a 192-page trade paperback collecting Wonder Woman #1-7. The first two of these issues were written by Perez and Greg Potter, while the rest were written by Perez and Len Wein. Art on all seven stories is by Pérez and Bruce Patterson.

Each volume of the series will feature a new cover by Perez. Gods and Mortals will include an introduction by Perez as well as a gallery of some of his rarely seen Wonder Woman art.

"I'm thrilled to see these issues collected," Perez said."The series holds a fond place in my heart because of working with Karen Berger, Len Wein, Bruce Patterson and everyone else, not to mention getting my first taste of full creative control with a major character. There was lots of rich, fertile ground to till with Wonder Woman, and she was always fun to draw."

Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals will arrive in stores on Feb. 18 and will cost $19.95.


SQP has released its solicitation information for March.

For a complete rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.


Oni Press on Thursday announced that its original graphic novel, Jingle Belle: Dash Away All, will not be released this month as solicited and that a Dec. 31 date is being targeted for the comic by Paul Dini and Jose Garibaldi.

"Sometimes, books just get away from you," said Jamie S. Rich, editor-in-chief of Oni Press. "It's never one action, but the build-up of many, and what was begun as an endeavor with certain expectations suddenly becomes an endeavor where those expectations are no longer possible.

"The main thing is, we just started late. We had an artist change just before it was time to solicit, and when Jose Garibaldi stepped in, he was knee-deep in Maria's Wedding. While we thought we had enough time to pull off both books, we didn't really account for the need for Jose to recharge. Similarly, Paul wasn't able to start as early as he liked, and other commitments got in the way, demanding more of his time than any of us expected. Before we knew it, September was ending and we were nowhere close to where we needed to be. Which is bad on a holiday-themed book.˛

According to Oni, instead of bringing in other artists to finish the book, the decision was made to postpone the release.

In other Oni news, the publisher updated the status of Too Much Hopeless Savages. The third series starring the characters began last June, with a script by Jen Van Meter and art by Christine Norrie and Ross Campbell. The second issue came out in September, two months behind schedule. The third was due that same month, with #4 to follow in November.

Due to the severe lateness of the title, Oni will be canceling the original solicitation for #3 and #4 and relisting them for March and April of next year.

"There were several contributing factors to this," Rich said. "We felt that the situation was too out of control, and we needed to pull it in. Chynna Clugston-Major had stepped in and penciled #3 for us, helping Christine catch up, and veteran letterer Tom Orzechowski has agreed to letter the rest of the book, but nearly two months later, we're still not finished.

"However, for once the reasons for our lateness are happy ones. It's because our two main creators on the books have been or will be having babies! Jen Van Meter began Too Much Hopeless Savages while carrying her second child, and suffered some delays as a result. And midway through drawing #2, Christine Norrie became pregnant with her first child. This new experience, coupled with her duties on Bad Girls and her illustrations for an upcoming novel by Sarah Grace McCandless, ended up taking more time than expected."


  • Lynda Carter, star of television's Wonder Woman, will be a guest-star on ABC's Hope and Faith on Friday, Nov. 21. In the episode, "Phone Home for the Holidays," Carter plays Summer, the latest conquest of Jack, Hope and Faith's playboy dad played by Robert Wagner.

  • Christopher Reeve, who starred in four Superman movies, will be featured on ABC's 20/20 on Friday night. Reeve will be interviewed by Barbara Walters about his rehabilitation from a paralyzing injury.

  • Last Saturday's episode of Teen Titans on Kids' WB! ranked No. 4 overall for the morning in Boys 6-11 (6.6 rating/26 share), No. 6 in Male Tweens (6.1/28) and among the top 10 overall program spots in Boys 2-11 (5.1/21) and Tweens 9-14 (4.1/22).The series took the No. 6 broadcast spot in Kids 2-11 (3.7/17) and the No. 5 spot in Kids 6-11 (4.5/20).

  • Coming Saturday: Comics news -- and much more!!!


    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Saturday, Nov. 8, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Nov. 7, including Dark Horse solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Nov. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Nov. 5, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Nov. 4, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Nov. 3, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Nov. 2, including the DC panel at Las Vegas, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Nov. 1, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 31, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 30, including IDW news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 29, including Marvel Comics movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 28, including Marvel Comics movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 27, including Marvel Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Image Comics solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 24, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 23, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 22, including DC Comics first looks and Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 21, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 20, including Star Wars and Halle Berry news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 18, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 17, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 16, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 15, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 13, including Hulk and Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 11, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 10, including Dark Horse's solicitations, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 9, including Avengers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 8, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

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