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DC Comics on Monday unveiled a new DC Comics company logo that will appear on comic books, graphic novels and, for the first time ever, on films and television series based on DC properties.

The new DC logo will make its first appearance on a DC Comics cover May 25 when the company publishes DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1. It will then appear on the entire DC line the following week.

An animated version of the new DC logo premieres June 15 with the release of Batman Begins.

The new logo was created by Josh Beatman of Brainchild Studios.

"DC is a unique and powerful asset whose characters have long been exceptional performers for Warner Bros. with billions of dollars in cumulative sales," said Kevin Tsujihara, Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment. "This new logo and branding program is a statement that the DC brand is a strategic asset and vital tool in our approach to creating and developing films, television, merchandising and games."

"For generations, comic book fans have been loving supporters of the DC brand: voting us their favorite publisher, counting on us to provide a universe of imagination and entertainment, and looking for our mark as an invitation to try new characters and titles," said DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz.

"With the introduction of our new logo and a comprehensive branding program, we're inviting our fans in all media to continue to count on the DC brand standing for the best comics, classic characters and a fantastic creative experience." - More Product. More Exclusives.


Catwoman and Penguin team up in Saturday's Kids' WB! premiere of The Batman episode "The Cat, The Bat and The Ugly."

"Our first true villain 'team up' -- big story, big fun!" producer/story editor Duane Capizzi told The Continuum. "Also, (it) signals a new phase of Batman's growth from vigilante to eventual legit crimefighter."

In the episode, Catwoman and Penguin go after rare Egyptian artifacts, that, when combined, form a powerful weapon.

The episode was written by Tom Pugsley and Greg Klein and directed by Brandon Vietti.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images from the episode.

In other The Batman news, animation veteran Steve Melching has written "Night and the City," which might be the second-season finale.

"It's been a thrill to write for the show," Melching told The Continuum. "I've been a Batman fan for over 30 years, since I was a wee lad. He's always been my favorite comic-book character, and I was disappointed that I never got a shot at BTAS. I guess I'm making up for lost time now..."

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Alias Comics has announced it is bringing three European titles to American audiences this summer: XIII, Johnny Caronte: Zombie Detective and The Revolver.

XIII, by Jean Van Hamme and William Vance and produced by French publisher Dargaud, is a long-running series akin to Robert Ludlumıs The Bourne Identity. It begins with a man who is discovered by an elderly couple on the shore with no memories and no identification save a small "XIII" tattoo on his collarbone. He stays with the couple until one day almost two months later when he finds that they have been murdered by two strange men. XIII manages to kill one of them, discovering in the process that he possesses powerful combat techniques, and finds a picture of himself and a young woman on the body. This propels him on a quest to discover his own identity, but the story takes many twists and turns as XIII gradually becomes more aware of who he is and what he may have done.

XIII was also recently the basis of a popular video game from Ubisoft that starred David Duchovny, Adam West, and Eve.

"We're thrilled to be partnered with Dabel Brothers Production to bring this amazing book across the Atlantic,² said Sean J.Jordan, managing editor for Alias Comics. "Fans of XIII have been petitioning publishers in the industry for years to bring this series over in its entirety. This book has earned a legendary status among those who have read it, and we're excited to be bringing it out in a monthly format beginning this June."

XIII will feature a new translation by Ernst Dabel and Ben Avery.

The other two titles, Johnny Caronte: Zombie Detective and The Revolver, were both drawn by Spanish comic book artist Tony Sandoval and will be published together in a single 64-page graphic novel.

"One of the best things about both of these titles is that they have a really cool visual style," said Jordan. ³Johnny Caronte is done in a fun ŒDay of the Deadı style, and it has a neat twist ­ all of its characters are zombies, and when they get killed (which can only be accomplished by a shot to the head), they grow skin and bleed.

"The Revolver is about a girl named Monica who steals a gun capable of killing demons that also happens to belong to one of Hellıs most powerful residents. But Monica has to learn to use the gunıs unique powers quickly, because a special demon has been sent to kill her and retrieve the weapon.²

Though neither title will be published on a monthly basis, Alias will continue to bring future chapters of both stories to American readers in a similar graphic novel format.


Hugo Weaving, best known as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, has replaced James Purefoy as the title character in the V for Vendetta movie.

No reason was given for Purefoy's exit.

Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, Rupert Graves and Stephen Fry also star in the Warner Bros. film, which is currently filming in Berlin under the direction of James McTeigue and is set for a Nov. 4 release.

It is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

Weaving's other credits include The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Interview and Proof.

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Seth Green promoted his Top Cow comic-book series, Freshmen, on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly early on Friday.

It's a throwback to the way comics used to be," said Green, who created Freshmen with Herb Sterbakov. "It's highly concentrated on the pathos of the characters and their stories and dealing with super-powers.

"If you guys saw the second X-Men movie, I thought they really handled it, where you take super-powers and put them in the real world. And that's what we got, but these kids have got weird crap super powers."

An image from the comic was shown, and Green noted that he will be appearing at Wizard World Philadelphia and Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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* The Daredevil movie returns to HBO in July. Air dates include Friday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 5 at noon; Wednesday, July 6 at 1:30 a.m.; Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m.; July 14; Thursday, July 17 at 7:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.

* To the right is a first look at The Fantastic Four Ominbus HC Alex Ross Variant Dust Jacket. The Omnibus Hardcover, an 848-page book, arrives in stores on June 22. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Executive producer David Goyer told The Continuum it's too early to talk particulars of Spike TV's Blade pilot movie, scheduled to air next year.

* Alan Davis has confirmed on his web site that he is leaving as artist of Uncanny X-Men. He declined to give a reason for his departure but said he has "something in the pipeline" with Marvel Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment is reporting that the first issue of its Monster War crossover with Top Cow Productions has sold out.

* Coming Tuesday: Dark Horse solicitations -- and much more!!!

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

* For Tuesday, May 3, including Batman news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, May 2, including The Crow: Wicked Prayer news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, April 30, including an interview with Man-Thing screenwriter Hans Rodionoff, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 29, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 28, including Aspen news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 27, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 26, including The Batman DVD news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 25, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, April 23, including Painkiller Jane television news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 22, including Superman Returns movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 21, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 20, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 19, including Batman Begins news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 18, including Marvel and Image solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, April 15, including Devil's Due solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, April 14, including Fantastic Four movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, April 15, including Cindy Margolis promoting the Tenth Muse, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, April 12, including Batman Begins and Fantastic Four movie updates, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, April 11, including DC Comics' solicitations for July, CLICK HERE.

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

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