Wednesday, January 19, 2005
NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED EPISODES
Cartoon Network is launching what it is calling a new season of Justice League Unlimited on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Here's how the network describes the new season:
"The Justice League, led by Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, has grown much larger because the threats are even greater. This season, Black Canary, Shayera, Vigilante, Vixen and The Question step up to face such villains as Lex Luthor, Felix Faust and Tobias Whale. And Superman takes on Cadmus in a battle that will determine the future of the League."
Here's a rundown of new episode for February:
Saturday, Feb. 5: "The Cat and The Canary" Black Canary convinces Green Arrow to help save her mentor, the Wildcat, from his involvement in an underground, super-powered fight club.
Saturday, Feb. 12: "The Ties that Bind" The world's greatest escape artist needs help from the Flash in order to break a deadly enemy out of an inescapable prison on an alien planet.
Saturday, Feb. 19: "The Doomsday Sanction" While Superman battles Doomsday in the heart of a Volcano, Batman discovers an elaborate conspiracy to destroy the Justice League.
NEW TEEN TITANS EPISODES
Cartoon Network has announced three new episodes of Teen Titans that will premiere in February.
Following is a rundown:
Saturday, Feb. 5: "Birthmark" -- Slade is back and this time he's after Raven. But the Teen Titans question why.
Saturday, Feb. 12: "Cyborg the Barbarian" -- Cyborg is mysteriously thrown into the distant past and lands in the middle of a barbarian village that needs his help. But with the nearest charging station 5,000 years in the future, Cy has no way to recharge, and his power supply is dwindling.
Saturday, Feb. 19: "Employee of the Month" -- Beast Boy has only one real dream in life -- to someday, somehow own a Moped. And when Robin won't buy him one and Cyborg won't build him one, Beast Boy has only one way to make his dream come true he has to get a job.
MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and five-page previews of upcoming Marvel Comics titles, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Captain America #3, X-Men: Phoenix -- Endsong #2, Incredible Hulk #78, The Ultimates 2 #3 and Marvel Knights Spider-Man #11.
Look for more Marvel Comics First Looks on Friday here in The Continuum.
DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS
For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 26, CLICK HERE.
Titles include Batman #636, Hellblazer #204, Legion of Super-Heroes #2, Nightwing #102, Planetary #22 and The Losers #20.
STAN LEE CASE JUDGMENT
A judge in Manhattan federal court has ruled that Stan Lee, is entitled to 10 percent of the profits from movie and television productions involving Marvel character.
"This is pretty much a sweeping victory for us," said Lee's attorney, Howard Graff of the firm Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky of New York.
John Turitzin, Marvel's general counsel, said, "We intend to appeal those matters on which we did not prevail and to continue to contest vigorously the claims on which the court did not rule. We do not expect this decision to have an effect on our financial guidance for 2004, 2005 or our future prospects."
According to Marvel, the court rejected Lee's claim to share in monies received by Marvel from third-party licensees of movie-based merchandise.
The court did not rule on Lee's claim that he is entitled to participate in profits from Marvel's joint venture with Sony relating to Spider-Man movie merchandise or profits from Marvel's international Hulk movie merchandise licensing program with Universal Studios. The court said that those matters will have to be resolved by a jury.
FANTASTIC FOUR MOVIE UPDATE
The Fantastic Four movie will be an origin story, which associate producer David Gorder thinks is the proper way to go with a first film.
"That's probably the smartest thing for those people who are not familiar with the comics," Gorder said. "They can get comfortable with the concept."
The FF's outer-space origins are highlighted in the first trailer for the film, which debuted on Friday in front of Elektra and is now online as part of the film's official site at www.fantasticfourmovie.com
The site also currently features stills from the film.
Look for more on FF soon here in The Continuum.
PAINKILLER JANE CASTING
Tate Donovan and Richard Roundtree have signed to star in the Painkiller Jane pilot movie for Sci Fi Channel, Variety is repornting.
Production on the film was scheduled to begin this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Emmanuelle Vaugier, who played Dr. Helen Bryce in Smallville, stars in the title role.
Donovan will play a professor who aids Jane in figuring out her new abilities, while Roundtree will portray Jane's commanding officer and mentor.
Eric Dane, who plays a street-smart thief who befriends Jane, and Walker Howard round out the cast.
Look for more on Painkiller Jane soon here in The Continuum.
"Tom Grummett is one of the most underrated artists working in comics today, and a real trooper. Its about time he got his due," said Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada upon signing Tom to an exclusive contract. "Tom's from that great Jack Kirby school; solid figures, explosive action, and one heckuva professional work ethic. Thatąs why we want him here at Marvel."
"Being a part of DC is like being a part of history," Gleason said. "I'm so honored that they want me among their ranks. It has been my absolute privilege to work with the best writers, editors and behind-the-scenes crews there. [Senior Editor] Pete Tomasi is one of those people. Without him, I wouldnąt be in this position. He's always been a stand-up editor and true to his word. I'll be proud to continue to work for him and DC Comics."
"Patrick breathes energy, passion and detail into each page, and it's been a true pleasure watching him hone his craft over the past few years," Tomasi. "It also doesn't hurt that he's a consummate pro and a pleasure to work with. Aquaman has never looked better, and we've got plans for Patrick that will put his work into even more readersą hands."
COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES
In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:
* For Thursday, Jan. 13, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 12, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 11, including Marvel movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 10, including Marvel movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Friday, Jan. 7, including Marvel movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Thursday, Jan. 6, including the new comic by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog, CLICK HERE.
* For Wednesday, Jan. 5, including V for Vendetta movie news, CLICK HERE.
* For Tuesday, Jan. 4, including Angel news, CLICK HERE.
* For Monday, Jan. 3, including Red Sonja news, CLICK HERE.
* For Saturday, Jan. 1, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.
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