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Friday, October 1, 2004


Catwoman makes her first appearance in Kids' WB!'s The Batman in this Saturday's episode, "The Cat and The Bat."

Supervising producer Duane Capizzi said there's "nothing too off the beaten path" in describing the character for The Continuum.

"She's not evil like some of the villains we've met so far -- simply an upscale cat burglar who's in it for the rush," Capizzi told The Continuum. "(She) has a thing for men in Batsuits, even if they don't always reciprocate. And has a knack for being a trouble magnet, while making Batman's life miserable -- as you'll see in the episode."

Catwoman is voiced by Gina Gershon, who previously provided the voice of Shikata for MTV's Spider-Man series.

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Smallville star Tom Welling said he's developed a familial relationship with John Schneider and Annette O'Toole, who play his parents on the show.

"I've met members of both their families, and they both in real life have such great, warm, caring, wonderful families, and they're both responsible for them," Welling said during the Smallville Backstage Special, which will debut on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.

"John is a father, Annette is a mother. And going into these scenes as a son talking to his parents, I think that somehow has transcended into the working relationship.

"I mean, Annette is very much aware of what it is to be a mother and John is very much aware of what it is to be a father. And they bring a quality and a reality to the roles they play, I feel blessed for that."

For his part, Schneider said a little of Jonathan Kent has rubbed off on him.

"Smallville has helped me, I think, be a better father," Schneider said. "I watch this guy on TV and think, oh my gosh, I better be more like that."

In other Smallville news:

* Erica Durance, who plays Lois Lane, will be a guest at Wizard World Texas on Nov. 5-7.

* Wednesday's first-run episode on The WB ranked No. 2 2 in its time period in adults 18-34 (3.4/11), persons 12-34 (3.2/10), men 18-34 (3.9/13), men 12-34 (3.5/12) and men 18-49 (3.1/10), defeating NBC, Fox and CBS.

In those demos, and adults 18-49 (2.7/8), Smallville only lost to ABC's Lost.

Smallville also ranked No. 3 in its time period among women 18-34 (3.0/9) and women 12-34 (2.9/9). Compared to the previous week, Smallville built over its premiere in men 18-34 (3.9/13, plus-11 percent), men 12-34 (3.5/12, plus-9 percent) and men 18-49 (3.1/10, plus-7 percent).


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon Kinberg has been hired to write the third installment of the X-Men movie franchise.

Kinberg has worked with both 20th Century Fox and Marvel before, doing rewrites on Elektra and Fantastic Four.

Kinberg told The Hollywood Reporter that the story line for X3 is still being worked out.

"I'm a religious reader of the comics, and I loved the first two movies," he said. "I had a great experience with Fox and Marvel on the other projects, and when they came to me and asked me if I had any interest in X3, I was ecstatic. I grew up on them, and I love these comics, and it's exciting to take a whack at making the third the biggest and best in the trilogy; it's our Return of the King."

Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, is currently working on Superman for Warner Bros., and a new director hasn't been hired yet.

Production on the third X-Men movie could begin as early as next summer.

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Top Cow Productions issued a press release on Wednesday night to notify all fans and retailers that, contrary to listings in Diamond Previews, Hunter-Killer #0 is a full-color book

The introductory issue of the series, which debuts partners Wolf and Ellis as deep-cover agents who protect humanity against rogue superhumans, will cost 25 cents. The book is written by Mark Waid and drawn by Marc Silvestri.

"This book is a blast," Waid said. "It's a chance to get in touch with the gritty darkness of Empire without losing the heavy character interaction my work is known for. And Silvestri's pages are a joy to behold. Check out #0, then watch for the ongoing debut of Hunter-Killer #1 in February."

Hunter-Killer #0 will also be available in a special limited-edition format with "sketch" cover for advance ticket buyers at the Wizard World Texas convention, Nov. 5-7.

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  • Teen Titans continues to be a solid ratings performer for Cartoon Network. According to the network, ratings in the Saturday 8 p.m. time period have grown from last year: Kids 6-11 delivery improved by 54 percent and ratings by 57 percent; and Tweens 9-14 delivery has grown by 94 percent and ratings by 100 percent.

  • ADV Films has announced a Nov. 9, release date for DNAngel: The Dawn of Dark, the first volume of the adventure series directed by manga artist Yukiru Sugisaki and produced by Dentsu, Kadokawa Shoten, TV Tokyo and Xebec.

  • Cartoonist Steve Brodner, author of the Fantagraphics Book Freedom Fries, will be a guest on ABC News' Sunday morning news program, This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

  • Coming Saturday: TV news -- and much more!!!

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

    * For Saturday, Sept. 25, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 24, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 23, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 22, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 21, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 20, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Sept. 18, including Image Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Sept. 17, including The Batman news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Sept. 16, including Smallville and Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Sept. 15, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Sept. 14, including Teen Titans news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Sept. 13, including DC Comics' solicitations for December, CLICK HERE.

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