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Monday, December 15, 2003

DC COMICS FOR MARCH

DC Comics will release its solicitation information for March on Monday after midnight.

Check back here then for a complete rundown, with more than 100 images.



SPIDER-MAN MOVIE UPDATE

The Spider-Man 2 movie trailer debuted online on Monday, giving fans their first chance to see Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus in action.

John Dykstra, who is returning as visual effects supervisor, said the tentacles are a combination of presentations.

"I don't think that in this one there won't be any more CGI tentacles than are necessary," Dykstra said. "In the first film, Spider-Man was computer-generated when he needed to be. The great thing about this movie with Alfred creating the persona of this character, it gives us an opportunity to animate with personality these tentacles.

"So what you're going to see is combination of puppeteering, which means practical tentacles operated by individuals who are on set the same time Alfred is wearing the tentacles, and CGI tentacles where we'll add the tentacles after the fact."

Said Molina: "In an ideal world, the more that we can create the scene with the tentacles strapped on to me, the better.The tentacles are such an important part of the character, obviously, so that whenever we can shoot the scene, integrally as it were, with me and the tentacles interacting, the better it is. There are always going to be technical or physical limitations to that.

"It's a combination of the two, but I think we always try to go with the real deal whenever possible because it pays off dramatically, it pays off visually and it pays off in every way. It just kind of makes it a much better experience all around."

The trailer can be viewed at www.yahoo.com and will be seen in theaters beginning Wednesday with Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Look for more on Spider-Man 2 soon here in The Continuum.





KIDS' WB! UPDATE

Static Shock and Astro Boy will have their season premeires on Saturday, Jan. 17 on Kids' WB, the network has announced.

Static Shock will be entering its fourth season on the network. The season will kick off with an episode involving Batman Beyond.

In addition, Static Shock will join the weekday line-up as the series airs six days a week, beginning Monday, Jan. 5, in the 3:30 p.m. (ET) time slot.

Here's how the network describes the fourth season:

"Action abounds in the fourth season of Static Shock as Static and Gear unearth an underground group of metahumans whose exposure to sunlight can be fatal, help African superhero Anansi protect the secret of his power, save a gifted young athlete from the criminal clutches of a powerful supervillain, get jolted into a face off with the Green Lantern, who may have gone renegadem and discover that world famous NBA All-Stars have a super secret of their own. The captivating season premiere takes Static on an electrifying adadventure into the future as he teams up with Batman to save his adult Static-self."

Astro Boy is a new show on the network. Here's how Kids' WB! describes the series:

"The classic icon of Japanese animation, based on the original manga character from the popular comic book series launched in the 1950s, ASTRO BOY tells the story of youthful, atomic-powered robot, Astro. A reluctant superhero fighting for justice and peace for humans and robots alike, Astro possesses awesome abilities and a highly advanced artificial brain. Termed kokoro in Japanese, Astro is able experience all of the same emotions as humans. Mankind's only hope to surviving the onslaught of rebellious robots is a robot himself...the fearless, selfless, incorruptible champion known as Astro."

Here is Kids' WB!'s new Saturday morning lineup, beginning Jan. 17 (all times ET):

* 8 a.m.: Jackie Chan Adventures.

* 8:30 a.m.; Astro Boy.

* 9 a.m.: Teen Titans.

* 9:30 a.m.: Xiaolin Showdown.

* 10 a.m.: Pokemon Advanced.

* 10:30 a.m.: Mucha Lucha.

* 11 a.m.: Yu-Gi-Oh!: Enter the Shadow Realm.

* 11:30 a.m.: Static Shock.

Here is Kids' WB!'s new weekday lineup, beginning Jan. 5 (all times ET):

* 3 p.m.: Jackie Chan Adventures.

* 3:30 p.m.: Static Shock.

* 4 p.m. Pokemon.

In other Kids' WB! news, the network has ordered an additional 26 original episodes of MegaMan NT Warrior from ShoPro Entertainment for a second season.

The second season will launch in spring 2004, bringing the commitment to a total of 40 episodes.



TOP SHELF FOR APRIL

Top Shelf has released its solicitaion information for April.

For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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CROSSGEN FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six- and seven-page previews of CrossGen Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Way of the Rat #20 and Brath #10.

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BRIEFLY

  • Dead @17 #1, Viper Comics' debut issue, is sold out from Diamond Comics Distributors. "Since the release of issue #1, we've filled several purchase re-orders; none of us at Viper anticipated such a response to our debut title," said Jessie Garza, Viper Comics president.

    The publisher reports the second issue has gone to backorder. Dead @17 #3 will go on sale on Jan. 7.

  • Coming after midnight: DC solicitations -- and much more!!!



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