Tuesday, October 26, 2004
BATMAN BEGINS UPDATE
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Comics and Electronic Arts announced that the companies have joined forces to bring Batman Begins to multiple videogame platforms in 2005.
In an exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures' film starring Christian Bale will be released day and date with the film on the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the PSP handheld videogame system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.
Together, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and EA are overseeing all development and production aspects of the game, while EA alone will handle distribution. The companies will lead joint marketing campaigns. The game is being developed by UK-based Eurocom for the consoles, and by Vicarious Visions for the handhelds.
"We're thrilled to partner with EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to capture the magic of Batman Begins in a ground-breaking videogame," said Paul Levitz, President and Publisher of DC Comics. "This will mark the first time that a Batman video game has been developed to complement a film event, and we look forward to inviting players to step into the movie's reality and make the world of Batman their own."
In other Batman Begins news, Warner Bros. has released three new character photos from the film. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images of Cillian Murphy, Katie Holmes and Rutger Hauer.
BLADE: TRINITY UPDATE
A representative of the network told The Continuum a preview of Blade: Trinity will be shown during the broadcast.
In other Blade: Trinity news, Wizard World has announced that Ryan Reynolds, who plays Hannibal King, will be attending Wizard World Texas on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Writer/director David Goyer and Jessica Biel, who plays Abigail Whistler, were previously scheduled to appear.
New Line Cinema will stage a Blade: Trinity panel on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m., followed by a signing session with Goyer, Biel and Reynolds.
Look for more on Blade: Trinity soon here in The Continuum.
THE SIMPSONS EPISODES
Fox has released descriptions for the first three episodes of the 16th season of The Simpsons.
Following is a rundown:
Nov. 7: The "Treehouse of Horror XV" episode features a sampler of three deliciously frightful mini-episodes. In "The Ned Zone," Ned Flanders gains the power of foretelling people's deaths after suffering a head injury, and is shocked to discover that he will be the one to kill Homer. In the second short, "In the Belly of the Boss," Maggie is shrunken inside a vitamin capsule in a freak science accident, and is swallowed by Mr. Burns. The final Halloween scare, "Four Beheadings and a Funeral," is set in Victorian London, where Master Detective Eliza Simpson and her faithful sidekick, Dr. Bartley, attempt to catch The Muttonchop Murderer, a Jack the Ripper-esque serial killer.
Nov. 14: On the official 16th season premiere, actor James Caan and writer Thomas Pynchon guest-star as themselves. When Bart fishes Homer's vintage "Playdude" magazines out of the trash, he decides to adopt the ring-a-ding-ding lifestyle of the 1970s, as interpreted by a 10-year-old. Meanwhile, Marge stoops to sabotage to keep up with the other contestants during the Ovenfresh Bakeoff.
Nov. 21: On the "Sleeping with the Enemy" episode, Marge, feeling neglected by her kids, takes in town bully Nelson Muntz as her surrogate child. Bart, not especially happy to share a bedroom with his tormentor, is desperate to reunite the Muntz family, while Lisa's body image suffers after she's teased on the playground.
PAINKILLER JANE GREENLIT FOR SCI FI
Sci Fi Channel has greenlit a two-hour pilot for Painkiller Jane, based on the Event Comics character created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada.
"No casting news yet, but we are excited about the project," Palmiotti told The Continuum.
NBC Universal TV Studios will produce the project in association with MGM TV. John Harrison Don Opper and Greg Gold wrote and will executive produce the film.
Production is expected to begin by the end of the year.
Sci Fi's Mark Stern said to Variety: "She's a strong female superhero paradigm, not simply someone in spandex fighting crime. It's really the drama of a normal person who finds themselves with powers that they don't know what to do with or how to handle."
It's likely the Painkiller Jane pilot will air next summer.
GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH BACK TO PRESS
With the first issue of the mini-series Green Lantern: Rebirth sold out at DC Comics days before its in store date of Oct. 27, the publisher has rushed the issue back to press.
Written by Geoff Johns with art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver, Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 Second Printing is scheduled to arrive in stores on Nov. 17 with a new cover by Van Sciver.
"I couldn't be more proud of the work we've all done on Hal Jordan's return," Johns said. "Ethan Van Sciver is about to be the artist everyone is talking about. Thanks to everyone at DC and the retailers for their support!"
Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 Second Printing will cost $2.95. The second issue of the mini-series will be in stores on Nov. 24.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Wednesday, Oct. 20, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Oct. 19, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* 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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