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Justin Gross, the voice of Captain America, in both Ultimate Avengers direct-to-DVD animated movies, told The Continuum he was "sort of familiar" with the character before he got the role.

"I had read old comic books and read a 'history' of the character at one time," Gross told The Continuum. "It was part of a class I took on American Culture. But I didn't have an in-depth knowledge of the character from being a 'fan' of the comic series."

Therefore, Gross said, he didn't bring many pre-conceived attitudes about the character.

"I had some time with the script before we did the recordings," he said. "I studied the script and sort of fell in love with the story. It's a very nice script, very theatrical, not typical 'cartoon' fare at all."

Greg Johnson, writer of the films, said the first movie is very much Captain America's story.

"He not only starts the movie, but his impact is felt by everyone around him throughout the movie," he said. "His decisions dictate the direction of the plot, and ultimately the resolution rests on his shoulders, which is a little bit of a stronger spine for the movie that we needed to keep the urgency and the threat alive and keep Captain America as the focal point throughout. As much as it's an ensemble, it's really Captain America's story."

Gross said his commitment to the character was that of Steve Rogers.

"He's having all of these human experiences but also happens to be a superhero," Gross said. "But underneath it all, he's very real and human. I thought about the situation in Iraq and the fact that Steve Rogers is the same age as our soldiers there. He's a committed soldier and committed to protecting freedom and is this larger-than-life superhero, but he also has these emotional episodes from his past and sort of reacts to things the way a young guy like himself would.

"I guess what I'm saying is that the key to being Captain America is finding Steve Rogers. That's what I found."

Gross has dozens of commercial voice work credits and is one of several Ultimate Avengers cast members who provided voices for The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction video game.

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Warner Home Video has released the package art -- front and back -- and extras information for The Batman: The Complete First Season.

The two-disc collection will be released on Feb. 6.

Extras include:

* Featurette: "New Look, New Direction, New Knight" - Go behind the scenes to explore the direction of The Batman series

* Featurette: "Building the Batman" - Detective Ellen Yin investigates the Batman's true identity.

* "Gotham PD Case Files" - Highly confidential profiles of the Batman's most dastardly foes.

* "The Batman Junior Detective Challenge" - Show off your detecting skills and unlock an exclusive feature via the Batwave Communicator.

* "The Batman Junior Detective Exam - Level 2" - Pass the Batman's test of knowledge to win a code to unlock a printable Gotham detective badge.

* Two Challenges: " The Batman Big Chill Challenge" and "Create Your Own Villian"


Warner Home Video has released details about Lois and Clark -- The New Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season, a six-disc DVD release scheduled for Jan. 16.

The set features all 22 episodes of season two, plus special features: Lois and Clark: Secrets of Season 2, a look at the show direction and other significant changes the series underwent during its sophomore season; and Marveling Metropolis: The Fans of Lois & Clark, a featurette about the relationship between the fans, cast and creative minds of the show including interviews with cast and crew.

"Superman continues to be one of the most popular and iconic characters in our culture," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Executive Director, Television Marketing. "Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season has been incredibly popular on DVD and we expect the Second Season and subsequent releases to perform equally as well."

DVD bonus features include a commentary on "Season's Greedings," which was written by series star Dean Cain.

The Marvelous Metrpolis featur includes a humorous Q&A between fans and Cain. Interviews including various cast and crew as well as members of the most well-known Lois & Clark fan group, the FOLC (Friends of Lois & Clark).

The collection will have a suggested price of $59.98.

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Iron Man: The Inevitable, a six-issue mini-series that features the return of such Iron Man villains as Living Laser, The Ghost and Spymaster, will launch on Dec. 21 from Marvel Comics.

Here's how Marvel describes the book, which is written by Joe Casey with art by Frazer Irving:

"Inevitably, Iron Man had to expect retaliation from his oldest enemies after his secret identity went public and then was subsequently restored. Now, Shell-Head's rogues are more dangerous than ever and they're looking to make Tony Stark pay for their many defeats at the hands of Iron Man in Iron Man: The Inevitable #1.

"Iron Man: The Inevitable also deals with the reaction of Iron Man's rogues to his secret identity going public and how they refuse to believe that itıs not Tony Stark in the armor. And to complicate matters, there is a mini-arms race concerning the Living Laser as Tony tries to cure his old sparring partner while the Spymaster wants him as his own perfect weapon."

"Part of what this series is about is that basic approach to the character and reintegrating some of what I always loved about Iron Man -- primarily his Rogues Gallery," Casey said. "Iron Man's got some great villains and we're bringing back not one, not two, but three of Iron Man's classic foes in this thing, retooled, and updated for the new century."

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

Titles include Superman Secret Files 2005, Jonah Hex #2, Team Zero #1, Y: The Last Man #40, Swamp Thing #22 and Hard Time Season Two #1.

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Alias Comics has released its solicitations for February.

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* Above is a look at the covers to Thing #2, Runaways #11, Captain America #13, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2 and Young Avengers Special #1. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Speakeasy Comics announced that it has joined with Ardustry Industries in a long-term partnership. The move will alter the companyıs business model, allowing for the publisher to pursue a mix of licensed, company-owned and creator-owned projects. The alliance allows for Speakeasy Comics to continue to explore the printed medium while letting Ardustry Entertainment take interesting projects into other entertainment mediums.

"As any publisher out there knows, itıs a tough market, and this partnership helps secure our place with the larger publishers,: said Speakeasy's Adam Fortier, who will now hold the position of Speakeasy's CEO. "Barry [Levine] and I have been in discussions for some months now, in a far-reaching deal that allows us to diversify our line, and still provide a publishing alternative for new talent, all under the Speakeasy banner that fans and retailers have grown to love."

Fortier said more news and information concerning existing and future titles will be announced as those details are finalized.

* Robert Meyer Burnett, writer/director of Free Enterprise and founder of multimedia company Ludovico Technique, will appear on G4's Attack of the Show on Thursday. Burnett will discuss Ludovico's latest projects, including theDVD Special Edition for Warner Bros of Superman Returns and the debut of Ludovico's flagship comic book, Living in Infamy, created and written by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes.

* Dabel Bros. has announced a third printing for the graphic novel George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight.The third edition will contain preview art from The Sworn Sword.

* Coming Wednesday: Marvel news -- and more!!!

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, Nov. 23: Marvel First Looks, Chris Claremont's next project, X-Men: Deadly Genesis second printing and Ramon Bach exclusive to Marvel.

* Tuesday, Nov. 22: Teen Titans, Krypto, DC and Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing's February solicitations.

* Monday, Nov. 21: Image Comics' February solicitations, Bomb Queen, Judo Girl and The Batman.

* Saturday, Nov. 19: Superman Returns, Smallville ratings and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 18: Marvel Legends, Oni Press for February, First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Thursday, Nov. 17: Spawn the Animation, Teen Titans and The Batman on DVD, Marvel and Image First Looks and The Portent. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Wednesday, Nov. 16: Marvel solicitations for February, Marvel First Looks and American Splendor.

* Tuesday, Nov. 15: Planet Hulk, DC and Marvel First Looks and Daniel Acuna exclusive to DC.

* Monday, Nov. 14: DC Comics, Aspen Comics and Blue Water Productions for February.

* Saturday, Nov. 12: Heroic Publishing for February, Spider-Man/Black Cat and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 11: October sales, First Looks, Marvel/Activision deal and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, Nov. 9: Marvel and Dark Horse First, Hellboy animation voices, Fantastic Four DVD and Judge Dredd.

* Tuesday, Nov. 8: Marvel and DC First Looks and DC's four exclusives.

* Monday, Nov. 7: DC, Peter David and Ultimate Avengers panels at Wizard World Texas, Hellboy animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, Nov. 6: Marvel and Aspen panels at Wizard World Texas and Thomas Haden Church as the Sandman.

* Saturday, Nov. 5: Painkiller Jane movie photos, Dark Horse Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 4: Marvel and DC panels at Wizard World Texas and Amazing Fantasy #15.

* Thursday, Nov. 3: Superman Returns, First Looks, Red Sonja trading cards and Claypool Comics for February.

* Wednesday, Nov. 2: Fantastic Four animated, Marvel and DC First Looks, Cartoon Network schedule and Ultimates' traitor.

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