Friday, May 7, 2004
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED UPDATE
Cartoon Network announced Friday morning that it will be airing the Justice League: Starcrossed movie earlier than expected.
The network has revised its May schedule and will air the three-part episode on Saturday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.
The episode concludes the second season of Justice League and leads into the third season, renamed Justice League Unlimited.
As part of the Warner Bros. Animation panel last weekend at WonderCon in San Francisco, producer Bruce Timm previewed the first part of "Starcrossed." The DVD version, at least, will contain a special opening title sequence, featuring the creators' and cast members' names.
The episode was written by Rich Fogel, Dwayne McDuffie and John Ridley, from a story by Fogel. It was directed by Butch Lukic and Dan Riba.
Justice League: Starcrossed will be released on DVD on July 13.
Look for more Justice League news soon here in The Continuum.
SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE
Columbia Pictures and Major League Baseball Properties have agreed to remove the Spider-Man 2 logo from the in-field bases that will be used during Spider-Man 2 Weekend June 11-13.
The move came a day after the announcement for the promotion, which will continue without the logos on the bases. Baseball fans rejected the idea; in a Detroit News poll, 69 percent were not in favor of logos on the bases.
"We don't want to do anything that takes away from a fan's enjoyment of the game," said Geoffrey Ammer, President of Worldwide Marketing for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. "While we initially asked for the bases to be included in the MLB promotional package, they are only one element of a much larger family event with Major League Baseball. Spider-Man 2" weekend will be a very exciting, fun and unique promotion and we want to make it a great weekend for baseball fans everywhere."
"As stated when this partnership was announced, we think this is a terrific promotion for Major League Baseball and Columbia Pictures and a great opportunity to reach out to children and families," said Bob DuPuy, President and Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball. "The bases were an extremely small part of this program; however, we understand that a segment of our fans was uncomfortable with this particular component and we do not want to detract from the fan's experience in any way.
"We are pleased to be moving ahead with all other elements of this groundbreaking marketing partnership and will continue to pursue new and innovative ways to market the game and engage baseball fans around the globe."
Spider-Man 2 Weekend will take place at 15 Major League parks the weekend of June 11-13.
In other Spider-Man 2 news:
* the advertising campaign for the film began in earnest on Thursday night with a spot during the series finale of NBC's Friends.
Click on the thumbnails below for images from the spot.
* For The Continuum's coverage of Spider-Man 2 star Tobey Maguire's appearance at WonderCon, CLICK HERE.
ELEKTRA MOVIE UPDATE
Will Yun Lee, who starred as Danny Woo, Sara Pezzini's partner in TNT's Witchblade, is the latest addition to the cast of the Elektra movie, which began production earlier this week.
Lee, 29, will play the head of the Hand. His other feature-film credits include Torque, Die Another Day and Four Reasons.
He joins a cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic and Terence Stamp.
Rob Bowman is directing Elektra, which is filming in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Look for more on Elektra soon here in The Continuum.
The WB has released six new images from "Covenant," the third-season finale of Smallville set to air on Wednesday, May 19.
Here's how the network describes the episode:
"Things come to a head in Smallville when Kara, a beautiful girl (guest star Adrianne Palicki) with superpowers, who claims to be from Krypton, comes to entice Clark (Tom Welling) to fulfill his destiny. Overwhelmed, Clark turns to his parents (John Schneider, Annette O'Toole) for advice but is shocked when Kara forces Jonathan to finally reveal the deal he made with Jor-El. Also, Clark makes a discovery that ultimately redefines his relationship with Lex (Michael Rosenbaum), and Clark's relationship with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) takes a final turn."
Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Here's how Oni describes the book:
"Scott Pilgrim follows the title character through Toronto and the subspace freeway in his own head as he practices with his rock band, dates a high school girl, goes to parties, and tries to woo the literal girl of his dreams. Along the way he gets a helping hand from the other dudes in the band, his rockstar sister, and his roommate Wallace, a veritable encyclopedia of obscure facts and videogame special moves. Standing in the middle of his road to bliss are seven people each with a special relationship to his ideal woman and a fantastic power and/or fighting style. While the new series might seem far off from the subdued and touching emotion of his first book, Scott Pilgrim isnıt so much a departure for OıMalley as it is a showcase for another side of this multifaceted creator.
"Scott Pilgrim's just kind of fallen through life and he's enjoying the breeze. He doesn't have a job. He doesnıt go to school. He plays bass (badly) in the band Sex Bob-omb, plays videogames, and cooks. He gets by with odd jobs here and there to pay the bills. He shares a studio apartment with the fabulous Wallace Wells (don't call him 'Wally') and is dating Knives Chau, the model Catholic high school girl. Life for Scott is, for lack of a better word, simple. Ramona V. Flowers spends her time skating through subspace making deliveries for Amazon-dot-C-A. The company's best courier, Ramona is responsible for hand-delivering books, CDs, and movies to every Amazon customer in Toronto. A U.S. citizen, she may or may not have an ex-boyfriend named Gideon Graves who may or may not be seven feet tall and may or may not have the means to nuke the western seaboard. Ramona's existence is, in a word, complex. Can these two crazy kids find happiness or is Scott just in for a new life of broken bones and smashed guitars at the hands of Ramona's obsessive ex-beaus?"
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Sunday, May 2, including news from Spider-Man 2 news from WonderCon, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, May 1, including news from WonderCon, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 30, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 29, including Marvel, DC and Image first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 28, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 27, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 26, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 24, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 23, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 22, including Image Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 21, including DC Comics first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 20, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 19, including TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 17, including TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 16, including TV news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 15, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 14, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 13, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 10, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 9, including Dark Horse solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 8, including Image news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, April 7, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, April 6, including The Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, April 5, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, April 3, including Spider-Man 2 and Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, April 2, including Hellboy movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, April 1, including Devil's Due news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, March 31, including Wonder Woman DVD news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, March 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
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