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Sunday, February 20, 2005


Christian Bale, the star of Batman Begins, said he's signed up for three Bat-films during a Batman Begins panel at WonderCon on Saturday in San Francisco.

A six-minute clip was presented. It included scenes of Bruce Wayne's childhood, with the murder of the parents and falling down a well to be assaulted by bats; being intimated by Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson); his training with Ra's Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Ducard (Liam Neeson); his becoming Batman and a confrontation with the Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), who sets him on fire.

Before the clip, Bale entertained questions from the crowd.

He said that he treated Batman and Bruce Wayne as separate entities and that, when in costume, he viewed Batman as a beast.

"I loved the cowl and I hated the cowl," Bale said. "The material was so tight that within 20 minutes, I was the most foul-tempered person. But I used that and I refused to take it off.

"Bruce Wayne is the mask. Bruce Wayne is what he creates to be socially acceptable."

Before the panel, Bale conducted a roundtable interview with several press members, including The Continuum. Look for the interview here on Monday.


Julian McMahon, who plays Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, appeared at WonderCon in San Francisco on Saturday and brought along the first clip shown to the public.

The clip showed Victor in a doctor's office, discussing the metallic transformation that is beginning to take over his arm. The doctor said the transformation would be complete in about 2-3 weeks and that he would have to report Victor's condition to medical authorities. That leads to a violent reaction from Victor.

McMahon said that wearing Doom's mask was not a problem, although it did get hot. He said the outfit, which makes him 6-foot-4, did help him get into character.

After the panel, McMahon conducted an interview with several members of the press, including The Continuum. Look for the interview on Monday here in The Continuum.


Joel Silver, producer of such films as The Matrix trilogy, said he is hoping to get Joss Whedon to write and direct a live-action Wonder Woman movie.

"I'm trying to work a deal with Joss," Silver said during a roundtable interview Saturday at WonderCon in San Francisco while promoting his new movie House of Wax. "I don't know if I could work that out. It's a complicated deal to do, but I would to do it. It would be great."

Silver said the time is right for Wonder Woman in live-action.

"It's just a great, legendary comic-book hero, and it's one that has never been brought back to life after Lynda Carter," Silver said. "I mean, it's a reinvention. Tim Burton reinvented Batman after Adam West, and (Richard) Donner reinvented Superman after George Reeves. It's time to do that to Wonder Woman.

"It's a thing that could be great if it's done great. The idea is to try to find a way to make it, and I thought Joss would be great, because he understands a female superhero character, and also he's great at what he does. He has a lot of ideas. So I'm trying to find the best way to do it."

Silver is also producing the V for Vendetta film, in which he is re-teaming with the Wachowski Bros., who wrote the script.

"They've captured the concept," Silver said. "The setting is 2040, but it looks like 19th Century -- like the comic book."


At his panel at WonderCon on Saturday, Joss Whedon said he and John Cassaday are extending their run on Astonishing X-Men for another 12 issues.

"We're going to take a brief respite and then come back with another 12," Whedon said. "And we'll finish up with a Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men Annual #1."

The Continuum later caught up with Cassaday and asked him how long of a break between the issues might be. "We haven't decided that yet," he said.

Cassaday will also be providing one of the covers for the Dark Horse Comics mini-series that bridges the gap between Whedon's Firefly television series and the Serenity movie from Universal Pictures.

Whedon said the series will have alternate covers, so that all of the franchise's main characters are featured. Cassaday's cover will spotlight Mal.

Brett Matthews is writing the comic.

Whedon appeared at the panel with Serenity stars Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion and showed a clip from the film.

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Ivan Reis was announced as the new artist of Teen Titans at DC Comics' DC Universe panel on Saturday at WonderCon.

Reis is currently working on the Rann/Thanagar War mini-series. "He won't start until after he finishes the Rann/Thanagar War," said Teen Titans writer Geoff Johns.

For much more from the panel, including covers and comments from a dozen DC creators, CLICK HERE.


Constantine finished second at the box office over the weekend, narrowly losing out to Hitch.

Opening in 3,006 theaters, Constantine brought in an estimated $30.5 million to Hitch's $31.8 million.

Son of The Mask was fourth with $7.7 million.

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 Monday here in The Continuum.

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* Above is a first look at the covers to Marvel Comics' Ultimate X-Men #57, Ultimates 2 #4, Ultimate Fantastic Four #16, Gambit #8 and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2.

* Coming Monday: Wonder-Con news and much more!!!


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

* For Tuesday, Feb. 15, including an interview with Constantine's Keanu Reeves, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Feb. 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Feb. 12, including Painkiller Jane movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Feb. 11, including an interview with Constantine's Shia LaBeouf, CLICK HERE.

* 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.

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