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David Gorder, associate producer of the Fantastic Four movie, said the film will definitely have humor but it won't be silly.

"This is a difficult comic to bring to the screen," Gorder said during The Continuum's recent visit to the FF set in Vancouver, British Columbia. "If you do the story wrong, it could end up being campy."

Gorder said the key is focusing on the characters and making them seem real.

"We wanted to focus in bringing out the humor and the pathos and the bittersweet moments that we all can relate to as human beings," Gorder said.

"Ben's sort of the big brother character, maybe the guy that's not so good looking, but he's the protector. Johnny being the good-looking hot-shot who's annoying. So we want to bring those elements out in the characters so that with the demographic we hit the movie, everybody will be able to identify with somebody on the screen.

"We bring out Sue's smarts and her matronly qualities. Reed's like the professor and he's got all the advice. He feels very guilty that Ben has transformed and is disfigured."

In other Marvel movie news:

* Natassia Malthe talked to USA Today about her role of Typhoid Mary in Elektra. "She can kill with her touch or by kissing or even blowing kisses," Malthe said. "If she walks through a forest, everything withers around her."

* Elektra star Jennifer Garner attended Game 1 of the World Series in Boston with her Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck. The pair are rumored to be a couple after Affleck shot a scene for Elektra in Vancouver.

* Marvel's Avi Arad told The Continuum that Ghost Rider will begin filming in Australia in January under the direction of Mark Steven Johnson. Ari Arad will be on the set for Marvel during production.

* Blade: Trinity will be rated R.


Steve Schirripa of HBO's The Sopranos is providing a guest voice in Cartoon Network's Justice League Unlimited, The Continuum has learned.

Schirripa is voicing a New York City thug in the "Double Date" episode that will likely air next year. His role will be humorous.

Schirripa has played Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri on the series since 2000. He recently signed a deal with Disney's Touchstone TV to star in a comedy based on his book A Goomba's Guide to Life.

Look for more on Justice League Unlimited soon here in The Continuum.


Avatar Press has released its solicitation information for January.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.


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

Titles include Transformers/G.I. Joe Vol. 2 #1 from Dreamwave Productions, The Losers #17 and Sleeper Season 2 #5 from DC Comics, B.P.R.D: The Deat #1 from Dark Horse Comics and Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order from SLG Publishing.


"Spell," a new episode of Smallville, will air on Wednesday, Nov.10 on The WB.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

" After Lana (Kristin Kreuk) reads from a spell book written in the 1600s, she, Lois (Erica Durance) and Chloe (Allison Mack) become possessed by witches that had been burned at the stake. The three witches have come back seek revenge and search for the powerful Kryptonian crystals, wreaking havoc on the town in the process. Clark (Tom Welling) attempts to stop the witches but they strip him of his powers and force him to reveal the location of the crystal he hid in the cave."

The episode was directed by Jeannot Szwarc directed and written by Steven S. DeKnight.

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  • ReelArt Studios has provided The Continuum a look at The Black Forest Heroes Bust, due in stores in November. The resin bust stands more than 9 inches tall, weighs more than 3.5 pounds and features a paint scheme following the black-and-white wash look of Neil Vokes' artwork from The Black Forest graphic novel from Image Comics. The bust is limited and numbered to an edition of 1,500 pieces.

  • IDW Publishing has announced that it is releasing a softcover edition of Grande Fanta, a collection of Ashley Wood's art, in January. The hardcover version sold out after is June debut.

    "I thought I would be sleeping on boxes of the hardcover for years to come," Wood said said, "but with its print run being consumed within months of the book's release, the time has come to release its replacement, the Grande Fanta softcover, a happy book indeed."

    The softcover will be 304 pages.

  • Cartoon Network is broadcasting a marathon of Transformer Energon episodes on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Paul Storrie is teaming with Eric J on a new project, Revisionary, at Moonstone Books.

  • NECA has announced it will be licensing products from Frank Miller's Sin City movie.

  • Anime Network has acquired all 78 half-hour episodes of the Slayers anime television series, including season two Slayers Next and season three Slayers Try, from Enoki Films USA. The series, based on stories and characters created by Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi, originally aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from 1995 through 1997. Anime Network will begin airing the Slayers series in early 2005.

  • Coming Monday: Marvel news -- and much more!!!


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

    * For Monday, Oct. 18, including DC Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 16, including Image news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 15, including Blade: Trinity news and Image Comics solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 14, including Marvel and IDW news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Oct. 13, including X-Men movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Oct. 12, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Oct. 11, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Oct. 9, Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Oct. 8, Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Oct. 7, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

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