Friday, November 12, 2004
THE BATMAN UPDATE
Adam West makes his first guest voice appearance on Kids' WB!'s The Batman in this Saturday's episode, "The Big Heat."
West, 76, the star of the 1960s Batman television series, plays Mayor Grange, who is a close friend of the Wayne family. A shrewd politician, he nonetheless buys into the irresponsible bachelor image Bruce cultivates, creating some grief for the young billionaire.
The villain of the episode is Firefly.
"It's a story that explores some of the inherent problems that come with having an alter ego -- what happens when both Batman and Bruce Wayne both need to be somewhere equally important at the same time?" producer Duane Capizzi told The Continuum.
In other The Batman news:
* The Saturday, Nov. 27 episode will be "The Big Dummy." For Kids' WB!'s complete schedule for the week of Nov. 22, CLICK HERE.
* Last Saturday's episode of The Batman ranked among the top 10 broadcast series in ratings in Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Boys 2-11, Boys 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 and among the top 10 broadcast and cable program spots in Male Tweens 9-14.
TEEN TITANS TOYS
Bandai has provided The Continuum with a look at its Teen Titans toys that will be released this spring.
The images also reveal the appearance of Mas y Menos, who will appear in the "Titans East" two-part episode.
Images below include Cyborg Spy Hand (1.5 inches), Master of Games (1.5), Robin on T-Cycle (1.5), Terra (1.5), Cyborg new sculpt (3.5), Master of Games - perfect mode.jpg (3.5), Speedy (3.5), Puppet King (3.5), Aqualad (6.5), Beast Boy (6.5), Robin (6.5), Cyborg (10), Robin (10), Starfire (10), Super Poseable Robin (18) and T-Vehicle.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Teen Titans news soon here in The Continuum.
BLADE ANIMATION PREVIEW
The Continuum has obtained a first look at Blade: Blood Thirsty, the animated short that is included with the Blade: Trinity Soundtrack Deluxe Edition, in stores on Nov. 23.
The short was written by Brandon Thomas and directed by Mark Davis and Mike Davis.
It features music by The RZA.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Blade: Trinity news soon here in The Continuum.
BRYAN SINGER TALKS SUPERMAN
Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming Superman movie from Warner Bros., was a guest on Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Thursday and said it was "essential" that he casted an unknown for the role.
I was always inspired by George Reeves and Christopher Reeve and the history of Superman," he said. "I always believed an unknown was essential for this role.
"It's harder to find when youčre looking for someone in their mid-20s. Most people in the mid-20s, who are well known have already emerged as stars, and here we are looking for someone who is an unknown, it's a challenge -- a lot of tapes and a lot of casting directors around the world and a lot of meetings."
Singer talked about several aspects of the film. Following are highlights.
* On the pressure of making a Superman movie: "I've wanted to make a Superman film for a number of years. And by putting this within the history of the other films and not really treading on what Smallville's doing, it's been a lot of years since people have gotten to see this guy fly and do what he does. And, ultimately, it's a great myth and a great story. That's why it's been around for 70 years. I think people will be excited about seeing it and I am incredible excited about making it."
* Why didn't he cast Smallville's Tom Welling as Superman: "There was some thought, and he's really terrific. But my thought is that if I'm going to make a Superman movie, it's a big movie, it's a big-budget film and it is its own kind of story that's separate from Smallville. So I didn't want to make a Smallville feature; I wanted to make a Superman movie. And I felt that even though he's terrific, I think that he's existing and carrying the torch up to a certain period in the character's life. This guy is past that period, so I felt of it as a separate entity."
* On Brandon Routh, whom he did cast: "If you met him, it would be you first inclination to say, 'Oh my goodness, if they ever make a Superman movie, he could physically do it.' And he really is quite talented."
* On the the film's story: "It's not an origin story. It actually puts the earlier films into -- the best way I can describe it -- a vague history. You will see a moment of flashback; you will see a bit of him as a young man. But this really takes off several years after he's arrived and he's done many heroic deeds and he's a known figure. It's kind of like the first Batman film, I guess is the best analogy. Because he already existed as Batman in Gotham City. Here, Supreman has existed in Metropolis and had a relationship of a kind with Lois Lane and is now gone. And this is a story of a return."
GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #2 BACK TO PRESS
Two weeks before its in-store date of Nov. 24, Green Lantern: Rebirth #2 has sold out at DC Comics. Now, DC announces that the issue will go straight back to press, with Green Lantern: Rebirth #2 Second Printing scheduled to arrive in stores on Dec. 1.
Written by Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver, the Second Printing will feature a variant version of Van Sciver's cover art.
"This is absolutely unbelievable," Van Sciver said. "I am so very grateful to the fans of Green Lantern, to the retailers, and especially to DC Comics for putting us in the position to be so widely read."
"With two issues back on press in the same week, it's clear that reader
interest in this miniseries couldn't be higher," said Bob Wayne, DC's VP -
Sales & Marketing.
The variant cover's origin is linked to the alternate covers for The New Avengers #1-6; Quesada's original sketch for the complete six-part art is what is formed by the covers. Readers will be able to possess the entire image in two distinct formats: Quesada's new cover and by linking the six alternate covers together as one.
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Sunday, Nov. 7, including Marvel, DC and Blade: Trinity panels from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Nov. 6, including the WildStorm/Vertigo and Aspen panels from Wizard World Texas, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Nov. 5, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Nov. 4, including Marvel and DC first looks, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Nov. 2, including The Incredibles news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Nov. 1, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 29, including Teen Titans, Smallville and The Batman news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Oct. 28, including Marvel movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Oct. 27, including Smallville and IDW news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Oct. 26, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 25, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Oct. 23, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Oct. 22, including Marvel's solicitations for January, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Oct. 21, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.
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