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Friday, February 17, 2006


Editor's note: Here's something a little different -- an entire day's report devoted only to television, animation and live-action features. Let us know what you think.


The Ultimate Avengers DVD, due for release on Tuesday, includes a feature on the Ultimate Avengers 2 that reveals the Black Panther will be in the sequel.

The segment also includes the above image of Black Panther. Ultimates artist Bryan Hitch redesigned the character for the movie, which was then adapted for animation.

"We go visit Wakanda and we have great ideas on what it looks like," said Marvel Studios' Avi Arad.

It appears that a villain for the second film will be Herr Kleiser, who was voiced by James K. Ward in the first film. The story will pick up from the first movie, but will stand on its own.

Mark Hamill will provide the voice of Bruce Banner's psychiatrist.

Ultimate Avengers 2 is scheduled for an August release, and according to literature accompanying Ultimate Avengers, will be followed by Iron Man in October and Doctor Strange in February 2007.

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Warner Home Video has announced a May 23 release date for X-Men: Evolution: The Complete Third Season, the same week that X-Men: The Last Stand reaches theaters.

This marks the first time X-Men: Evolution has been collected in a complete-season set. The collection will cost $19.98.

Greg Johnson, story editor/producer of the series, told The Continuum he was interviewed for the DVD.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the DVD extras, since Season 3 was a particularly rewarding series of episodes for me," Johnson told The Continuum. "We came off a strong Season 2 finale, the network was behind us, the entire series had a new focus with the world becoming aware that mutants exist, and we could really start teasing out the Apocalypse storyline. Plus, one of my favorite episodes is in this season, 'Blind Alley.'

"But I still remember sitting in a story meeting with Boyd and Craig once we got the green-light for a new season, and having a pang of self-doubt that we could top 'Day of Reckoning.' Fortunately the new direction really opened up the story possibilities for us."

Johnson, who wrote all four of Marvel's direct-to-DVD animated movies, is currently developing a new X-Men series spotlighting Wolverine.

Above are characters designs implemented during the third season. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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Toy Biz has provided The Continuum with a preview of its upcoming action figures based on the upcoming Fantastic Four animated series.

Assortment 1 includes Doctor Doom, Johnny Storm, Skrull and Thing.

Assortment 2 includes Hulk, Invisible Woman, Moleman, Mr. Fantastic and Human Torch.

There is also a Super Stretching Mr. Fantastic.

Click on the thumbnails below for larger images and look for more on Fantastic four soon here in The Continuum.

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Andy Milder has been cast for the voice of Lighting Lad in the upcoming animated series featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes, The Continuum has learned.

The series, from Warner Bros. Animation, is expected to be announced soon. Creators from both Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans are involved in the project.

Milder played Dean Hodes in Showtime's Weeds. He's provided voices for such video games as The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines, Men of Valor and Star Trek: Elite Force II.

Look for more on the series soon here in The Continuum.

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Superman Returns star Brandon Routh said the toughest thing about the role was actually just getting it.

"It took a long time, it was a long process, seven months," Routh said during his appearance at WonderCon in San Francisco last weekend. "It was seven months of 'When are they ever going to call?' and 'When do I get to relax?' But even then I got to learn a lot of things. It's all been pretty great."

And the best thing about being in the film?

"The best thing is now that I've had the opportunity to play the character put him down on film is to be a part of things like this, and meet little kids who are excited -- and sometimes big kids," Routh said.

"I'm so blessed to get this as the first character I play, the first film that I'm in, I get to be such an inspirational character, that everybody in the world can appreciate and inspire to be as much like him as they can."

In other Superman Returns news:

* Robert Burnett, who works on Bryan Singer's DVDs, was also at WonderCon, filming the events. "It's going to be crazy," Burnett told The Continuum about the DVD. "There's so much stuff."

* Singer said that Lois Lane being engaged and with a child presents "a genuine obstacle and conundrum" for Superman.

* Below is a first look at children's books based on the film: Be a Hero!, I Am Superman and Thank You, Superman. All have covers by Greg Horn. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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Milla Jovovich, who displayed her action chops in the Resident Evil movies, returns to the genre in Ultraviolet.

In the futuristic film, written and directed by Kurt Wimmer, Jovovich plays the title character, a rogue warrior from a subculture of humans with a genetic mutation. As more people are infected and the government becomes increasingly fearful of them, those with the mutation are treated as outcasts and put into quarantine.

"I fell in love with Violet," Jovovich said. "I can relate to her. She's like a comic-book character, but I can relate to her as a human being and the problems she goes through, even though they're extreme."

Jovovich trained on an Olympic level for all of Ultraviolet's fighting, swordsmanship and shooting maneuvers.

"I've never been involved with this much complex maneuvering, and never had such a long stretch of prepartion time," she said.

Said stunt coordinator Mike Smith: "Milla's the most down-to-earth, hardest working actor I've ever been around. She works her butt off. She'd take home whatever I taught her that day, come back the next day and it'd be better than before."

The film reaches theaters on March 3. Click on the thumbnails for newly released larger and fuller images.

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Jimmy Palmiotti told The Continuum that he fells Just a Pilgrim, the movie based on the Black Bull property, should be faithful to the original comic book.

Just a Pilgrim is part of a slate of films being developed by QED, a Beverly Hills-based financing, sales and production company formed by Artisan founder Bill Block and three partners. The film is being written and directed by John Heffernan.

"All I can compare at this stage is the script to the comic, and John has kept the screenplay loyal to the original material," said Palmiotti, who was editor on the comic by Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra. "We got really lucky having him on this project."

How involved will Palmiotti be in the film?

"I am involved in the process in many minor ways and will be much more involved when it starts shooting," he said. "It's too too early to tell exactly what I am going to do at this stage. I am helping them as much as I can with any info on the property at this stage."

Casting is in the works, Palmiotti said.

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Denise Quinones, who recently guest-starred on Smallville, has joined the cast of the Aquaman television pilot for The CW network.

"She is playing a Navy Top Gun pilot who will be AC's love interest," executive producer Al Gough told The Continuum.

Gough also confimred that the series title will be Mercy Reef.

Quinones, 25, played Maya in the Smallville episode "Vengeance." Representing Puerto Rico, she won the Miss Universe title in 2001.

Will Toale is starring as Arthur Curry. Production on the pilot is expected to begin next month in Florida.

Look for more on Mercy Reef soon here in The Continuum.

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Heroes Anonymous remains in development as a live-action series at Sci Fi Channel, series creator Bill Morrison said at last weekend's Bongo Comics panel at WonderCon.

"There hasn't been any new bad news, but there hasn't been any news," Morrison said. "I'm waiting to see if the latest version of the script is to their liking."

The script was written by Morrison and Scott Gimpel, who also wrote the comic book.

The pilot movie feature Attaboy.

Morrison said he's encouraged that the network has continued to include Heroes Anonymous in publicity for upcoming schedule.

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* Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum with two new images of Natalie Portman from V for Vendetta. Click on the thumbnails for larger images, and look for more on V for Vendetta soon.

* HBO will have eight broadcasts of Constantine in April. Air dates and times include Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 9 at 3:55 a.m.; Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, April 12 at 4 a.m.; Sunday, April 16 at 11 p.m.; Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m.; Tuesday, April 25 at 2:20 a.m.; Friday, April 28 at midnight.

* The Season 2 finale of Battlestar Galactica will be presented as a 90-minute special on Sci Fi on Friday, March 10 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

* Saturday's new episode of Justice League Unlimited on Cartoon Network will be "Dead Reckoning," featuring Deadman.

* Coming Saturday: Marvel news -- and much 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.

* Saturday, Feb. 12: From WonderCon: Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand, DC Universe and Dark Horse Comics.

* Saturday, Feb. 11: From WonderCon: Mike Mignola, Bongo Comics, Vertigo Comics, Image Comics and Boom! Studios.

* Friday, Feb. 10: X-Men: The Final Stand, Just a Pilgrim movie and First Looks.

* Thursday, Feb. 9: Marvel's Annihilation, Justice League Unlimited, Rising Stars: Untouchable and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 8: Mike Deodato's New Avengers and First Looks from Marvel, DC and Image.

* Tuesday, Feb. 7: Supergirl, The Batman, Dark Horse and DC First Looks and Moonstone Books for June.

* Monday, Feb. 6: X-Men movie game, Spider-Man 3's Captain Stacy, Aspen Comics for May and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Sunday, Feb. 5: Sin City, Heroic Publishing for May and Doctor Strange movie.

* Saturday, Feb. 4: Smallville, Alias' Valkyries and First Looks.

* Friday, Feb. 3: Dark Horse Comics for May, First Looks and Death, Jr. returns.

* Thursday, Feb. 2: Smallville's Cyborg, Marvel and Devil's Due First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Wednesday, Feb. 1: Spider-Man 3's Gwen Stacy, Marvel and DC First Looks and SLG's Tron.

* Tuesday, Jan. 31: Blade, IDW Publishing for May, Claypool Comics for May, The Batman, DC trade paperbacks for June, Rex Mundi and The Simpsons.

* Monday, Jan. 30: Spider-Man's new costume, Infinite Crisis, Smallville, Image's Death Dealer and First Looks.

* Sunday, Jan. 29: Krypto, Smallville and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, Jan. 28: Smallville, Teen Titans, Star Wars: Rebellion and First Looks.

* Friday, Jan. 27: Smallville, Image Comics First Looks, Devil's Due First Looks and Sam Kieth's My Inner Bimbo.

* Thursday, Jan. 26: Black Panther/Storm wedding, DC Comics' 52, V for Vendetta, New Universe preview and Marvel and DC First Looks.

* Wednesday, Jan. 25: X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville, Justice League Unlimited, Spider-Man and Marvel and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, Jan. 24: Superman: Brainiac Attacks, WB/UPN merger, Marvel movies, Cannon Hawke, Necromancer, Devil's Due for April and Alias Comics for April.

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