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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

THE BATMAN RETURNS

Kids' WB! unveiled its 2005-2006 lineup on Wednesday, including the return of The Batman for a second season that will include Batgirl.

The Batman will air on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and will also air weekdays at 4:30 p.m.

Here's how the network describes the new season:

"In this captivating second season, The Batman will face a little competition to protect the citizens of GothamŠfrom a teenaged girl -- Batgirl. She has just flown into town to do her part in keeping the streets safe from the most dangerous and occasionally hysterical super villains out there. Is there enough room in Gotham for two Caped Crusaders?"

The network's Saturday lineup includes Yu-Gi-Oh! at 8 a.m.; Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island at 8:30 a.m.; Loonatics at 9 a.m.; Xiaolin Showodwn at 9:30 a.m.; Pokemon at 10 a.m.; Johhny Test at 10:30 a.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh! at 11 a.m. and The Batman at 11:30 a.m.

The network's weekday lineup includes Pokemon at 3 p.m.; Xiaolin Showdown at 3:30 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh at 4 p.m. and the Batman at 4:30 p.m.



KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG

Cartoon Network formally announced Krypto the Superdog, a new animated series, at its upfront presentation on Wednesday.

The series, aimed at children ages 4-6, will get a sneak peek on Friday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. and premiere in its regular time slot beginning Monday, April 4 at 9 a.m.

Here's how the network describes the show:

"Krypto was traveling in space as a test-pilot puppy aboard a rocket ship built by Supermanšs father when it malfunctioned.  Landing on unfamiliar territory, the planet Earth, the fully grown Krypto swiftly seeks out companionship and flips over Kevin Whitney, a young boy who also longs for friendship. Endowed with an amazing array of superhero powers, Krypto partners with best pal, Kevin to fight evil forces that threaten the safety and well being of the people and animals of Metropolis.  The two new friends waste no time setting up their secret hideout, the Fortress of Doggietude, Kryptošs alien spaceship buried in Kevin's backyard.

"Chasing his tail at super speeds transforms Kyrpto from a normal dog into Superdog, a dog who can fly, with super strength, super hearing and X-ray vision.  Like other superheroes, Krypto cannot save the day alone. He is joined by a crack team of animal crime-fighters: Squeaky, the pampered cat next door and reluctant hero; Batman's dog, Bat Hound, who has a tool belt to match that of his famous owner; and The Dog Star Patrol, a band of intergalactic dogs from all corners of space who joined forces to protect the universe."

Superman will appear in the series. Each half-hour episode of Krypto the Superdog will feature two 11-minute

Krypto the Superdog is executive produced by Sander Schwartz, with supervising producers Alan Burnett and Scott Jeralds and producer Linda M. Steiner. 

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on March 9, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Spider-Man Team-Up Special, Wolverine: Soultaker #1, Marvel Adventures: Tales of The Thing #1, New Thunderbolts #6, X-Men: The End -- Heroes and Martyrs #1 and Mary Jane: Homecoming #1.



DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Flash #219, Hellblazer #205 and Solo #3.

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CONSTANTINE MOVIE UPDATE

The world premiere of Constantine will take place on Wednesday at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

Attending will be the film's stars: Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf, Dijmon Hounsou and Gavin Rossdale, along with director Francis Lawrence.

Guests will include Gwen Stefani, Thomas Jane, Brittany Murphy, Patricia Arquette, Elisabeth Shue, Bryce Dallas Howard and Michelle Trachtenberg.

In other Constantine news:

* For an interview with Keanu Reeves, CLICK HERE.

* For an interview with Rachel Weisz, CLICK HERE.

* For an interview with Shia LaBeouf, CLICK HERE.

* For an interview with director Francis Lawrence, CLICK HERE.

* Look for more on Constantine on Thursday here in The Continuum.



SHAUN OF THE DEAD COMIC

IDW Publishing has announced an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to publish a comic book mini-series based on the zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead, which Rogue Pictures released in theaters last fall and which is now available on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The four-issue, full-color mini-series debuts in June. IDW will produce the four-issue mini-series with the full participation and input of the film's screenwriters, Edgar Wright (who directed the film) and Simon Pegg (who starred as Shaun), as well as Universal Studios.

The adaptation will follow the storyline of the film but will also feature scenes that weren't included in the theatrical release.

Zach Howard will provide the art, with covers painted by British artist Jason Brashill.

"Edgar and Simon have been great," said IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall, who will also script the adaptation. "They've given us full access to deleted scenes, unshot scenes and other bonus materials, allowing us to present a sort of 'director's cut' of their movie, in four parts."



BRIEFLY

* Below is a first look at DC Direct's upcoming Batman Begins line. Click on the thumbnails for larger images and for a complete rundown of the line, CLICK HERE.

* DC Comics has announced the Green Lantern: Rebirth #2 Second Printing has sold out.

* Cartoon Network has announced a June 4 premiere for The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, the animated series created by Judd Winick.

Here's how the network describes the show:

"The star of the series, Juniper Lee, has afterschool activities and hobbies like any other 11-year-old, but on top of yearbook staff and guitar lessons, Juniper is responsible for maintaining the equilibrium between the world of magic and humanity. In addition to her everyday pre-teen escapades, Juniper is the Te-zuan-ze, the Protector. For generations, a member of her family has had both the honor and burden of keeping the balance between the real and magical world. Now it's Juniper's turn, and it's not easy. But Juniper is equipped with the strength of 10 people a

* Coming Thursday: Marvel news and more!

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* For Thursday, Feb. 10, including Man-Thing movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Feb. 9, including Dark Horse Comics' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Feb. 8, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Feb. 7, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Feb. 4, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Feb. 3, including NYX news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Feb. 2, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Feb. 1, including The Simpsons news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Jan. 31, including an interview with Constantine's Rachel Weisz, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Jan. 29, including Constantine movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Jan. 28, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Jan. 27, including Marvel Comics news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Jan. 26, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Jan. 25, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Jan. 24, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Jan. 22, including Smallville, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Jan. 21, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.




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