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Thursday, August 5, 2004
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED UPDATE
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons will receive credits in the upcoming Justice League Unlimited episode, "For the Man Who Has Everything."
Producer Bruce Timm recently explained how the episode developed.
"That actually came about when we were sittng down plotting the season, it came up in the conversation that in the first two seasons we never did a show that involved just the big three," Timm said. "And we were like, 'Yeah, I guess we should rectify that situation.'
"And it was Dwayne (McDuffie, story editor/producer) who said that the best big three story of all time was 'For the Man Who Has Everything.' And we said, 'OK, let's do that.'"
Timm said he talked to Moore about doing the episode.
"I wasn't going to do the show if he wasn't comfortable with us doing it," Timm said. "And he said, 'Oh yes, I would be honored if you would adapt that for your show.'
"So that was great. And hopefully, he'll still feel that way once the show's done. I think he'll like it."
The episode features Mongul, who also appeared in the two-part "War World" episode of Justice League. In "For the Man Who Has Everything," Batman and Wonder Woman surprise Superman at the Fortress of Solitude, in order to bring the Man of Steel his birthday present. But when they arrive, he has been immobilized by a special "gift" that Mongul has delivered to him.
"It's a really intense episode," Timm said. "Mongul is definitely more scary than in the episode 'War World.'"
Mongul is again voiced by Eric Roberts, whom Timm said brought to life through an offbeat performance in "War World."
"Honestly, Eric Roberts kind of made us nervous a little bit because he had so many different ideas on how to play this character and we recorded every single one of them,í Timm said on a recent Justice League: Paradise Lost DVD. ěHe's not consistent through the episode -- he doesn't sound like the same guy from the beginning to the end. There are times when he's real suave, and there are other times where he's really brutish, and we thought, 'Man, we don't know if this is going to cut together -- if this is going to make a consistent character -- or what.'
"Fortunately, the storyboard artists really focused in on the acting that he had provided in the vocal tracks and played up all these different facets of his personality in the show. So, when we got the show back, we thought, 'Wow, this is great, this is better than if he was just the mean bad guy.' I mean, he's vain, he's arrogant, he's petty. I think that makes him an interesting character and, fortunately, that's exactly what Eric brought out in his performance."
"For the Man Who Has Everything" is scheduled to air on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Look for more Justice League news soon here in The Continuum.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Avengers/Thunderbolts #6, Captain America #30, District X #4, Emma Frost #14, Identity Disc #3, Incredible Hulk #75, Iron Man #87, Marvel Knights Spider-Man #5 and X-Force #1.
BLADE: TRINITY UPDATE
New Line Cinema has released new images from Blade: Trinity, the third movie in the franchise that is scheduled for a Dec. 10 release.
The images show Wesley Snipes as Blade, Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King and Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler.
For a report on the Blade: Trinity panel at Comic-Con International, CLICK HERE.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Blade news soon here in The Continuum.
"Sherman Danger is about an out-of-work robot hunter who's finally settled down and started a family," Chamberlain said. "The robot problem that's plagued man is finally under control, until things heat up very quickly and Sherman gets pulled into action again. It's a fun story with some great characters that readers are going to love."
DWP #19 also marks the debut of a crossover featuring characters from previously published tales. "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" is a collaboration of DWP alumni -- written by Ian Ascher and Kevin Melrose, and illustrated and colored by Scott LeMien.
The issue is scheduled for an October release.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Friday, July 30, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, July 29, including Blade: Trinity news, CLICK HERE.
* 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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* For Friday, July 2, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.
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