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Monday, August 30, 2004

PAUL LEVITZ TALKS BATMAN BEGINS

DC Comics' Paul Levitz said that he's "never worked with a team that loved and respected a character more" than the one that is working on Batman Begins.

"I have never had an experience remotely like what I've seen on Batman Begins," Levitz said during Wizard World Chicago. "The entire team, from top to bottom, cares about the characters, is interested in the mythology and has reached deep into it to find the best way to do it."

Levitz praised the attention to detail of director Chris Nolan.

"From our point of view, while Chris has certainly been kind to his openess of the process, he's certainly been the personal compass for where this is going," Levitz said. "He has a sensibility for all aspects of it. From the first conversations where he and David (Goyer, writer) came in to start talking about the script to everything else we've seen, he's had a tremendous personal passion for getting this absolutely right in every detail. And I think from what you've seen in the trailer and what you'll see on the screen next summer, it will be testimony to that."

Levitz said that the creative choices in the film were scrutinized over and over.

"You may or may not always agree with the conclusions the team has come to, but the amount of effort that has gone into what will fit with what has been tremendous," Levitz said.

"My absolute favorite moment of the process was during one Saturday afternoon when the phone rang, and it was Chris stuck on a word as he was playing with one of the rewrites. 'What would go with this?' And I got Denny (O'Neil) on the phone and we went back and forth. And Chris still came up with the answer."

For The Continuum's coverage of the Batman Begins panel at Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE, and look for more on the film soon here in The Continuum.

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TEEN TITANS UPDATE

T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh is providing the voice of Bumblebee in an upcoming episode of Teen Titans.

Keymah, 42, has numerous television credits, including In Living Color, On Our Own, Cosby and She's So Raven.

Bumblee appeared briefly in last Saturday's new episode, "Deception."

In other Teen Titans news:

* The Saturday, Sept. 11 episode on Kids' WB! will be "Every Dog Has His Day."

* John Dimaggio, who does the voice of Bender on Futurama, did the voice of Brother Blood in last Saturday's episode and will return later this season. "He's a remarkably versatile voice actor," Teen Titans voice director Andrea Romano said.

* Look for more on Teen Titans this week here in The Continuum.



FIRST LOOKS

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Titles include Transformers Energon #27 from Dreamwave Productions, Milkman Murders #3 and Oh My Goddess! #112 from Dark Horse Comics, Daisy Kutter #2 from Viper Comics and JLA: Classified #1 from DC Comics.

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PUNISHER DVD UPDATE

Jonathan Hensleigh, writer/director of The Punisher movie, said he plans on having the sequel feature more of an urban backdrop.

Hensleigh stated his intentions for the second film during the Director Commentary of The Punisher DVD, which will be released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment on Sept. 7.

The first film was set in and shot in Tampa, Fla. No word yet on where the sequel will be filmed.

The Continuum has also obtained screen menus from the DVD. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.



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JOSH MIDDLETON'S DC WORK

Josh Middleton, who recently signed a two-year exclusive with DC Comics, said an announcement regarding his first major project with the publisher should be announced soon.

"I can't really talk about it just yet," Middleton said. "But I can say that it's a big-time DC Universe character, and it's very mainstream."

Middleton said he will also be coloring the project.

Before then, Middleton is teaming with Bruce Jones for a Zealot story in the WildStorm Winter Special, a 48-page anthology book due in stores on Nov. 17.

Middleton said he hopes to spend the first year of his contract on DC properties and then work on creator-owned material in the second.

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BRIEFLY

  • Here's a look at a double-page spread by David Finch in Avengers #501, on sale on Wednesday. Click the thumbnail for a larger image.

  • X2 will air four times on HBO in October. Air dates include Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 8 at 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 9 at 12:05 a.m.; and Sunday Oct. 10 at 10:45 a.m.

  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has awarded SCi Games Ltd. the license to publish the forthcoming Constantine videogame, which is being developed by Bits Corp. and is based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film.

  • Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, former stars of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, both have new television series this season. Cain will star in CBS' Clubhouse, and Hatcher will star in ABC's Desperate Housewives. Click on the thumbnails for images from both shows.

  • Spider-Man 2 placed 16th at the box office over the weekend with an estimated $1.6 million, pushing its total to $367.8 million.

  • Coming Tuesday: Animation 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 Monday, Aug. 22, including Amy Acker's voice role on Justice League Unlimited, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Aug. 21, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 20, including The Batman animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 19, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Aug. 18, including LeBron James comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Aug. 17, including Wolverine news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 16, including DC Comics' solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Sunday, Aug. 15, including Batman Begins news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Aug. 14, including Green Lantern news and other news from Wizard World Chicago, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 13, including J. Scott Campbell news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 12, including Dark Horse's solicitations for November, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Aug. 11, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Aug. 10, including Lady Death movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 9, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Aug. 7, including X-Men DVD news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Aug. 6, including Global Frequency TV news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Aug. 5, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

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

    * For Tuesday, Aug. 3, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Aug. 2, including Teen Titans animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, July 31, including Constantine movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * 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.

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