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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

BATMAN BEGINS ON SMALLVILLE FINALE

The WB has announced that it will show an exclusive eight-minute special footage preview of Batman Begins during the 90-minute season finale of Smallville on Wednesday, May 18.

"This is a great night for fans of the two most popular superheroes in the history of American pop culture," said David Janollari, President of Entertainment at The WB. "Fans of Smallville will not want to miss this special extended version of what will be the series' best-ever season finale. Broadcasting exclusive footage of the summer's most anticipated feature film, Batman Begins, makes this a very exciting night for us and a natural fit for the fans of Smallville.²

"We are thrilled to share this exclusive preview of Batman Begins with fans of Smallville," said Dawn Taubin, President of Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. ³Not only does this special event bring together two seminal American superheroes, but both Smallville and Batman Begins give fans the opportunity to delve deeper into the mythology behind their heroes. May 18 promises to reveal exciting new chapters in the history of these legends, and kick off a summer that fans will never forget."

According to the network, the season finale of Smallville "is packed with murder, betrayal and an unforgettable graduation day for all."

"Superman and Batman have always been inextricably linked to each other, so it seems fitting that a show chronicling the Man of Steel's youth give you the first look at the birth of the Dark Knight," said Al Gough, executive producer of Smallville. "Christopher Nolan is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we couldn't be more excited and honored to have our season finale complimented with exclusive footage from Batman Begins."

In other Smallville news:

French actress Beatrice Rosen is guest-starring in "Spirit," this Wednesday's new episode of Smallville on The WB.

In the episode, Rosen plays Dawn Stiles, a bratty prom queen-wannabe. After being dumped by her boyfriend, Dawn sets her sites on Clark for her prom date, but crashes her car into a pile of meteor rocks. The accident causes her spirit to escape from her body and enables her to take over other bodies.

Rosen, who was raised in Paris, has appeared in the television series North Shore and Commando Nanny. Her film credits include the Mandy Moore film Chasing Liberty.

Rosen's performance is marked by a distinctive hair movement and the phrase "Laters!"

Click on the thumbnails for larger images of Rosen from the episode, and look for more on Smallville soon here in The Continuum.





THE BATMAN NEW EPISODE

Kids' WB! has announced the network premiere of an episode of The Batman on Saturday, April 30.

The episode is titled "The Rubber Face of Comedy." Written by Greg Weisman and directed by Sam Liu, it involves the Joker and leads into the first-season finale and the introduction of Clayface to the series.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images from the episode.

And for Kids' WB!'s complete schedule for the week of April 25, CLICK HERE.



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THE SIMPSONS EPISODES

The Simpsons closes out its 16th season on Fox with six new episodes in May, including the show's 350th episode.

Among the guest voices are Jason Bateman, Ray Romano, Albert Brooks, Stephen Hawking and Fantasia Barrino.

For a complete rundown of the episodes, CLICK HERE.

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STRANGE GIRL VARIANT COVER

Image Comics has announces that Strange Girl #1 in June will sport a spectacular variant cover painted by Michael William Kaluta.

"So far everyone's reaction to the concept of Strange Girl has been overwhelmingly positive. In my eyes, though, the real sell is breakout talent Eric Nguyen's astounding art. He's absolutely going to be the next big superstar in the industry," said series creator Rick Remender. "Kaluta's variant cover is a perfect fit for the book. When we decided this book would have a variant cover I wanted only the best, and Kaluta is that."

Kaluta's cover serves as an incentive piece in conjunction with the cover by series artists Eric Nguyen and colorist Joelle Comtois. Retailers will receive the two covers in a 4:1 split.

Strange Girl #1 will arrive in stores on June 7.

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FC9 PUBLISHING FOR JULY

FC9 Publishing has released its solicitations for July.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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THE OMAC PROJECT BACK TO PRESS

Spinning out of Countdown of Infinite Crisis, The OMAC Project #1 sold out at DC Comics nearly two weeks before its in-store date of April 20.

DC Comics is offering a new printing of thie issue, written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Jesus Saiz. The OMAC Project #1 Second Printing will feature a variant version of the original cover by Ladrönn, which pictures Batman holding Blue Beetle's goggles.

The OMAC Project #1 Second Printing is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 18.

"This is so damn cool I'm at a loss for words," Rucka said. "The momentum coming off Countdown of Infinite Crisis has been incredible, and it's a testament to the work that everyone involved put in on that book that this one's already off to the races! I think people are going to be thrilled -- and surprised -- by what we've got in store for The OMAC Project."

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a look at art from the Fantastic Four animated DVD set from Buena Vista Home Video, which reaches stores on July 5. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Archie Comics is returning its Katy Keene character in the Betty and Veronica Free Comic Book Day Edition.

The story, "Model Citizen" by Dan Parent, sees Katy return as Riverdale regular Ginger's assistant at Dazzle Magazine. An aspiring model, Katy is hoping to learn the rules of the fashion world. Along the way, reader fashions will be worked into the story as a tip of the hat to past Katy Keene tales.

* Devil's Due Publishing is reporting that G.I. Joe #40 and #41, parts five and six of the "Union of the Snake" storyline, have sold out.

"We know the excitement builds as we head toward the conclusion of the current G.I. Joe series with issue #42 and #43 and the beginning of a new era with G.I. Joe: America's Elite,² said Josh Blaylock, President of DDP. 'We're ending it with a bang as some characters will not live to see the birth of America's Elite, so fans will not want to miss the final two issues' 'Rise of the Red Shadows' storyline."

G.I. Joe #42 in May and #43 in June will be 42-page issues costing $4.50.

* Fox will air the broadcast premiere of Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones on Sunday, May 22.

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

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* For Tuesday, April 11, including Batman Begins and Fantastic Four movie updates, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 10, including DC Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 8, including IDW Publising's solicitations for August, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 7, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 5, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 4, including Dark Horse's solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, April 2, including Sin City news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 1, including WildC.A.T.s DVD news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 31, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 30, including DC Comics news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 29, including Sin City's Rosario Dawson, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 28, including Top Cow news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, March 25, including Entertainment Weekly's Star Wars covers, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, March 24, including Teen Titans Go! news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, March 23, including Sin City news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, March 22, including Spider-Man 3 movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, March 21, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage and Fanstastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, March 20, including Wizard World Los Angeles coverage, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, March 19, including Marvel's panel at Wizard World Los Angeles, CLICK HERE.




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