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The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

PUNISHER MOVIE UPDATE

Producers of The Punisher movie told The Continuum that while Frank Castle's primary motivation is the murder of his family, it's not the sole reason for what he does.

"This is a guy who has always abided by the law and only used those abilities when he was given orders," producer Gale Anne Hurd told The Continuum. "And to have that whole sense of right and wrong turned on its head when he's powerless to do anything about his own family. And the fact that he's never going to get justice from the system that he upheld for so many years, that he devoted his life to.

"And that's what created The Punisher. It's more than just his family. It has to do with this whole system in which he has been a willing soldier not giving him the justice that he feels is deserved when killers walk free."

Said co-producer Ari Arad: "There's always the modicum of not getting a fair shake. But with him, it's at every level. He's always done the right thing, and has been taken advantage or seen injustices."

In other Punisher news:

* Artisan Entertainment has provided The Continuum with the above image of Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, given aid by Joan, played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

* New standees promoting the April 16 release of the film are now in theaters.

* Look for more Punisher news soon here in The Continuum.

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CATWOMAN, CONSTANTINE MOVIES UPDATE

As part of its 2004 preview, Warner Bros. has announced release dates of July 30 and Sept. 17 for the Catwoman and Constantine movies.

Here's how the studio describes Catwoman:

"Catwoman is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips (Halle Berry), a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product.

"When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat. With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience becomes Catwoman, a sleek and stealthy creature balancing on the thin line between good and bad.

"Like any wildcat, she's dangerous, elusive and untamed. Her adventures are complicated by a burgeoning relationship with Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt), a cop who has fallen for Patience but cannot shake his fascination with the mysterious Catwoman, who appears to be responsible for a string of crime sprees plaguing the city."

Here's how the studio describes Constantine:

"Based on the DC Vertigo comic book Hellblazer, Constantine is a science-fiction suspense drama about renegade occultist John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Katelin Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles."

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Teen Titans #7, Action Comics #811, Batman: Death and the Maiden #6, Gotham Central #15, Superman: Secret Identity #1, Hawkman #23 and Fables #21.



BARRY KITSON EXCLUSIVE TO DC COMICS

Empire artist Barry Kitson has signed a three-year exclusive agreement with DC Comics.

"I'm exceptionally happy to be part of DC's plans for the next three years and flattered that they should display such confidence in me," Kitson said. "DC has always been a great company to work for, but I don't think I can remember a time when there was such an air of enthusiasm and anticipation about the future, so I am particularly honored and excited to be part of what's happening.

"I'd also like to say thank you to DC for their support for Empire. Without their faith in the project I don't think Mark [Waid] and I could ever have completed the first arc. For the immediate future I'm concentrating on a major JSA mini-series written by Kevin Anderson which will give me the opportunity to draw all the original JSAers for the first time and allow me to work again with Senior Editor Peter Tomasi."

"Barry Kitson is a longtime member of the DC family and we are extremely happy that he will working with us exclusively for the next three years," said Dan DiDio, DC's VP -- Editorial. "Barry's style is synonymous with quality and there is no better place for him to be applying his craft than here."

According to DC, a collected edition of Empire #0-6 will be solicited in the "near future."

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DC COMICS MINIMATES

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has announced it has awarded the rights to its DC Comics Batman and Justice League (JLA) franchises to Play Along in order to create a world of construction toys that will be designed and developed by Brooklyn based, Art Asylum.

The new line, titled C3, will be based around the block figures known as Minimates.

"We feel these powerful properties -- Justice League and Batman -- will make for dynamic construction sets that will appeal to fans of all ages," said Kelly Gilmore, Vice President, Toys and Theme Park Licensing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "Art Asylum will develop innovative and creative toy lines to compliment these exciting brands."

The line will debut at the mass market Toy Fair in New York and will be launched at retail in fall 2004.

Art Asylum will launch the Batman line based on art from its core comic book collections and will follow with lines from the upcoming movies and the forthcoming new animated series. With Justice League, Art Asylum will create products based on the hit TV series currently airing on Cartoon Network.

Products will retail from $9.99 - $39.99 and will be available at mass market and specialty retailers in North America.


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BRIEFLY

  • Kids' WB! has released a new promotional image of Astro Boy, the animated series set to premiere on Saturday, Jan. 17. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

  • Christopher McDonald will reprise his role as the voice of Jor-El in the third season of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series, The Continuum has learned. McDonald also provided the voice of Superman in the Batman Beyond episode "The Call," which featured a futuristic Justice League.

    Look for more Justice League news soon here in The Continuum.

  • CrossGen Entertainment has provided The Continuum with a six-page preview to Brath #11, which reaches stores on Wednesday.

    The issue is written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Alcatena and colors by Jason Keith. It will feature a preview of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and will cost $2.95.

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



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