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Thursday, March 17, 2005

JOSS WHEDON TO WRITE, DIRECT WONDER WOMAN

Silver Pictures has signed Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to write and direct the Wonder Woman feature film. The announcement was made Thursday by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"We are excited about working with Joss," Robinov said. "He brings great energy and creativity to the process. His work on Buffy makes him uniquely qualified to handle the Wonder Woman character."

"There's no one better than Joss to adapt the legendary Wonder Woman comic book character created in the 1940s into a dynamic feature film for 21st century audiences," producer Joel Silver said. "Wonder Woman was the first great female superhero to emerge from comic books and later inspire millions of fans in her television incarnation, but unlike her counterparts Batman and Superman, this groundbreaking heroine has yet to be reinvented for the feature film arena."

"Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet," Whedon said. "What I love most about icons is finding out what's behind them, exploring the price of their power. When Joel and I began discussing the character, I realized there is a woman behind the legend who is very fascinating, very uncompromising, and in her own way, almost vulnerable. Shešs someone who doesn't belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me."

Whedon created and executive produced the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran for seven seasons on The WB and UPN, based on his screenplay for the 1992 feature film of the same name. Whedon also created and executive produced the successful Buffy spin-off series Angel, and wrote the screenplays for the films Toy Story and Alien: Resurrection.

He is currently completing post-production on the feature film Serenity, which he wrote and directed based on his television series Firefly. He is also writing Marvel's Astonishing X-Men comic book.

Warner Bros. also released a teaser image for the film. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

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IMAGE COMICS FOR JUNE

Image Comics has released its solicitations for June.

For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Arana #3, Daredevil #71, Excalibur #11 and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #4.



BRIEFLY

* Image Comics and Irrational Games have announced that Freedom Force #2, by Eric Dieter and Tom Scioli, has sold out.

Adapted from 2002's best-selling computer game of the same name, Freedom Force is the story of a band of super-powered heroes from the 1960s who unite in the name of freedom to ward off an alien invasion, giant robots, deadly duplicates, nefarious demigods and assorted cosmic entities.

"This is fantastic news," said Irrational's General Manager and Creative Director Ken Levine. "It just goes to show that comic book readers still love comics that are fun and action-packed.

"Readers and retailers alike shoud be keeping a close eye on this series, because we've got a number exciting things coming up. For issue #6, I'll be penning a very special 10-page backup story with art by the video game's Lead Artist, Robb Waters.

"Later this year, we'll be exploring the untold origins of various Freedom Force members including the never-before-told origin of the android, Microwave. After that, our plans are to continue on with a follow-up featuring all-new adventures that really flesh out the world of Freedom Force."

* The Wednesday, March 30 episode of The WB's Smallville will be a repeat of "Unsafe." Click on the thumbnail for a larger image and look for more Smallville news soon here in The Continuum.

* Coming Friday: DC news and much more!!!



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* For Friday, March 11, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 10, including Cartoon Network schedules for April, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 9, including Krypto the Superdog animated news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 8, including Dark Horse's solicitaitons for June, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 7, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 5, including V for Vendetta movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 4, including Catwoman news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 3, including a look at Toy Biz's Marvel Legends lines for 2005, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 2, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 1, including a rundown of Fantastic Four movie toys, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Feb. 28, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Feb. 26, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Feb. 25, including an interview with Constantine's Djimon Hounsou, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Feb. 24, including Top Cow news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Feb. 23, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Feb. 22, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Feb. 21, including interviews with Batman Begins' Christian Bale and Fantastic Four's Julian McMahon, CLICK HERE.




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