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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

SMALLVILLE UPDATE

Michael Ironside is playing General Sam Lane in The WB's Smallville, The Continuum has learned.

The general, of course, is the father of Lois Lane, played by Erica Durance for 13 episodes of the fourth season.

"You get to see that father-daughter dynamic played out, which is something we haven't really done on the show before," executive producer Al Gough said during the recent Smallville panel at Comic-Con International. "We've had a lot of fathers and sons, but never any fathers and daughters."

(For a complete transcription of the question-and-answer session from the San Diego panel, which includes comments from the producers and cast members, CLICK HERE.)

Ironside, 54, has more than 125 film and television credits. He is no stranger to the DC Comics Universe, having performed the voice of Darkseid in both the Superman and Justice League animated series.

In other Smallville news:

* At Comic-Con, DC Comics passed out a postcard featuring the show's debut on ABC Family this fall. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* The Wednesday, Aug. 18 episodes on The WB will be "Delete" and "Velocity."

* Executive producer Miles Millar will be directing an episode again this season.

* Look for more on Smallville soon here in The Continuum.



FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE UPDATE

Julian McMahon, star of FX's Nip/Tuck, has been offered the role of Doctor Doom, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

The role would be the first feature film for the 36-year-old Australian. McMahon's television credits also include The WB's Charmed and NBC's Profiler.

McMahon would join a cast that includes Michael Chiklis as Benjamin Grimm/the Thing, Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Jessica Alba as Susan Storm/the Invisible Girl and Chris Evans as Johnny Storm/the Human Torch.

Production on Fantastic Four is expected to begin within two weeks for a July 1, 2005 theatrical release.

Foran interview with FF cast members Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis and Jessiba Alba, CLICK HERE.

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WILDSTORM'S THE INTIMATES

The Intimates, a new monthly series created by Jim Lee and Joe Casey, will premiere in November from WildStorm Productions.

Here's how WildStorm describes the book, which is written by Casey with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and spot art and covers by Lee."

"Welcome to the Seminary, a top-secret school where teenagers learn how to be super-heroes. That's the setting of The Intimates, a new monthly series beginning in November. The Intimates follows the misadventures of Destra, the Duke, Empty Vee, Punchy and Sykes as they take courses like Secret Identity 101, NuPhysics and Advanced Morality. But the Seminary is hiding a dark secret even the retired super-hero faculty doesn't seem to know!"

The Intimates received a big promotional push at Comic-Con International.

"I decided to give Wildstorm another shot," joked Casey, who has had three previous WildStorm titles canceled. "DC told me 'It's time for you to sell out big time' and I said 'OK, how about some teen superheroes? That sounds hot'"

Casey explained Lee's role in the interior art.

"There's a comic within the comic that all the kids read, and Jim's the artist on that book," Casey said.



FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four- or five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Gray Area #2 from Image Comics, Batman/Catwoman: Trail of the Gun #1 from DC Comics and Flare #1 from Heroic Publishing.

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BRIEFLY

  • Here's a first look at City of Tomorrow, a six-issue mini-series by Howard Chaykin scheduled for a spring launch.

    Here's how WildStorm describes the book:

    "The futuristic community of Columbia has been overrun by criminal robots ... and only Ethan Foyle, son of the city's creator, has a chance to clean up the streets for the common good."

  • For Kids' WB! schedule for next week, CLICK HERE.

  • The Krypto animated series will likely launch early next year on Cartoon Network.

  • David Slack, producer of the Teen Titans animated series, is writing a script for The WB's Global Frequency.

  • Coming Wednesday: TV 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 Wednesday, July 28, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 27, including an interview with the cast of the Fantastic Four movie, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 26, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, July 25, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 24, including Marvel Comics' solicitiations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 23, including Comic-Con International news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 22, including an interview with Catwoman screenwriter John Brancato, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, July 21, including Devil's Due solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 20, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 19, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 17, including an interview with Catwoman star Halle Berry, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 16, including an interview with Catwoman star Sharon Stone, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 15, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, July 14, including Dark Horse's solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 13, including an interview with Catwoman star Benjamin Bratt, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 12, including DC Comics' solicitations for October, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 10, including Catwoman movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, July 9, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, July 8, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, July 7, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, July 6, including Jessica Biel talking about Blade: Trinity, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, July 5, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

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