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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

THE BATMAN UPDATE

Rino Romano is doing the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Batman, Warner Bros. Animation confirmed for The Continuum on Tuesday night.

The Batman is Romano's second big comics hero gig. He voiced both Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in Fox Kids' Spider-Man Unlimited.

"I am absolutely a huge comics fan," Romano told The Continuum. "I was always a comics junkie and a television junkie, but I always saw them separately. I just wound up doing cartoon voices."

Romano's other recent animation credits include NASCAR Racers, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles and Godzilla.

Warner Bros. Animation also provided The Continuum with more of the voices actors in The Batman, including:

* Kevin Michael Richardson as Joker.

* Allastair Duncan as Alfred.

* Steve Harris as Evan Bennett/Clayface.

* Tom Kenny as Penguin.

* Ming Na as Detective Ellen Yin.

* Gina Gershon as Catwoman.

* Adam West as Mayor Grange.

In other The Batman news, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with its master toy licensee, Mattel, and VEIL Interactive Technologies to merge action figure and vehicle play with interactive television. The technology, exclusive to WBCP and Mattel for 2004, represents the first time a toy line will use the technology to enhance both the toy and TV experience.

VEIL (Video Encoded Invisible Light) technology transmits encoded digital data -- in the form of graphics, storyline components, gadgets and other features -- directly from The Batman series. The encoded data, captured exclusively by Mattel's new line of Batwave toys based on the series, unlocks new capabilities in the toys and provides more information about the show and its characters. Like the series, the toys will debut this fall.

"The Batwave line is an extraordinary and sophisticated new way for kids to watch and play with their favorite characters -- whether the TV is on or off," said Matt Bousquette, president, Mattel. "This is the kind of toy that really satisfies today's kid because it not only enhances the viewing experience of the show, it actually pulls the child into the storyline in an imaginative as well as interactive way. It's the next generation toy for a new generation kid."

Each episode of The Batman will be encoded using VEIL technology, an invisible data stream embedded in the video picture that is transmitted to and received by the removable module with LCD screen. The module is the component that brings the Batman action figure and Batmobile to life.

While watching the show, the toys can be activated to receive the encoded signal. After the signal is received, engine graphics, diagnostics, gadgets, story line background from the show, character information, power-ups, and more, are activated within the toys. In addition, when the show is on, the Batman action figure and the Batmobile vehicle recognize the show's signal and "come to life" and react with lights, motion, and sound.

For a rundown of Batwave toys, CLICK HERE.



DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 18, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Batman: Gotham Knights #50, Birds of Prey #64, Lucifer #47, Wonder Woman #201, DC: The New Frontier #2, Robin #123 and Outsiders #9.

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DAMION SCOTT ON ROBIN

Damion Scott, who had a 3-year run on Batgirl, takes over as interior and cover artist on Robin in May with issue #126. Scott, fresh off of drawing Spectacular Spider-Man, joins writer Bill Willingham with an issue that's a jumping-on point for new readers.

"I'm definitely excited about this," Scott said. "Working on Robin is going to be fun. I always wanted to draw Robin, so I'm glad to have the chance. And I never liked pencilling for another inker as much as I like doing the whole art job myself."

"Among the many good reasons for bringing Damion on Robin, I'd like to point out one selfish one," Willingham said. "The best moment in writing any comic book story occurs when the drawn pages start coming in and I get to really see the story for the first time brought to life by the vision, imagination and skills of a talented artist. Bringing Damion on board means I get to look forward to many such perfect moments. So, really, it's all about pleasing me."

"We're pleased to have Damion back at DC where he belongs," said Dan DiDio, DC's VP -- Editorial.

Robin #126 marks a turning point for the series, as Tim Drake has relinquished the cape and mask and Batman's new partner-in-crimefighting makes a dramatic debut.

Robin #126 will arrive in stores on May 19 and will cost $2.25.



NEW ANGEL EPISODE

The WB has released three images from "Smile Time," the Wednesday, Feb. 18 episode of Angel.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When a popular children's show begins to steal the life forces of children by hypnotizing them, Angel (David Boreanaz) goes directly to the studio to uncover the evil doings. Upon entering the building, Angel triggers a spell that transforms him into a puppet. In a race against time, puppet-Angel and company must find a way to reverse the spell, save the lives of hundreds of children and return Angel to his normal vampire state. Meanwhile, Nina (guest star Jenny Mollen), the werewolf Angel befriended, returns to declare her romantic intentions, but puppet-Angel is too embarrassed to reciprocate."

The episode was written and directed By Ben Edlund

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NEW TEEN TITANS EPISODE

"Date With Destiny," a new episode of Teen Titans, will premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. (ET) on Cartoon Network.

Here's how Cartoon Network describes the episode:

"A creepy criminal known as Killer Moth threatens to destroy the city with a flying army of mutant moths unless Robin takes his spoiled-rotten teen-age daughter, Kitten, to her junior prom. So while the other Titans are scouring the city in search of Moth's secret hideout, a reluctant Robin has no choice but to endure his date with destiny."

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  • The WB has released two new images from "Obesession," the episode of Smallville scheduled to air on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.

  • Static Shock is moving to a new time period, 8:30 a.m., in the Kids' WB! line beginning this Saturday.

    The lineup now includes Jackie Chan Adventures at 8 a.m.; Static Shock at 8:30 a.m.; Teen Titans at 9 a.m.; Xiaolin Showdown at 9:30 a.m.; Pokemon Advanced at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh!: Enter the Shadow Realm at 11 a.m.; and íMucha Lucha! at 11:30 a.m.

    As a Valentine's Day stunt the network is having the Teen Titans play host to Saturday's programming.

  • The current issue of Flaunt magazine, #51, features a two-page spread created by Kyle Baker, writer and artist of DC Comics' Plastic Man. The feature is titled "The Compendium Of All Essential Male Knowledge; A Complete List Of Everything A Young Man Needs To Know! Ever!"

  • "It's just about the best printing job I've ever seen on one of my cartoons," Baker said. "Excellent paper stock. That might sound goofy, but it's always a joy when the printing does one's artwork justice."

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

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    COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

    * For Thursday, Feb. 5, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Feb. 4, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Feb. 3, including Daredevil news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Feb. 2, including CrossGen news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 31, including X-Men: Evolution news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 30, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 29, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 28, including Marvel solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 27, including Kevin Nash talking about The Punisher movie, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 26, including movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 23, including Blade: Trinity and Hulk movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 22, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 21, including CrossGen Entertainment and Devil's Due solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 16, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Image Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 13, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 12, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 11, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 9, including a feature on Image Comics' Patient Zero, as well as Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 8, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 5, including Mutant X, Smallville and Justice League news, CLICK HERE.


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