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Ralph Winter is heading for his fifth Marvel movie.

Winter told The Continuum late Wednesday he will be producing the sequel to Fantastic Four.

"I am actively prepping and planning on it," Winter told The Continuum. "We await a script."

Winter is currently producing X-Men: The Last Stand. He also produced the first two X-Men movies, as well as the first Fantastic Four film. He is shown above from his brief appearance in FF as a shipping clerk.

Tim Story is attached to return as director of Fantastic Four 2. All of the film's primary actors -- Ioan Gruffudd (Mr. Fantastic), Jessica Alba (Invisible Woman), Michael Chiklis (Thing), Chris Evans (Human Torch) and Julian McMahon (Doctor Doom) -- are signed for a second film.

Production is expected to start later this summer in Vancouver, where the first film was shot.

20th Century Fox is targeting a July 4, 2007 release.


The Batman will close out its season on Kids' WB! with episodes titled "The Icy Depths" and "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind."

Kids' WB! hasn't announced its schedule for May yet, but both episodes are expected to air next month.

"The final two episodes of the season will have something of an epic feel," supervising producer Duane Capizzi told The Continuum. "We can look forward to a first time meeting -- in our series, anyway -- between two major rogues, and we will also meet someone from Alfred's past.

"And, as cliché as it may sound, in the season finale Batman will truly face one of his most difficult challenges ever -- Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind, in fact."

The Batman is expected to return next fall to whatever new version of Kids' WB! emerges from the The CW network. In additon, 26 new-to-the-network episodes of The Batman are slated to begin this summer on Cartoon Network. - Anime Super Store


The WB has released five images from "Mercy," the Thursday, April 20 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"A masked tormentor (guest-star Ian Tracey) takes Lionel (John Glover) hostage and orchestrates a series of elaborate games that Lionel must win in order to stay alive. After Clark (Tom Welling) tells Martha (Annette O'Toole) that Lionel knows his secret, she sets out to confront him, but inadvertently becomes a pawn in the tormentor¹s game and ends up fighting for her life."

The episode was written by Steven DeKnight and directed by James Marshall.

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Marvel Comics announced on Thursday that writer Chris Claremont will be taking a brief hiatus after being overcome by exhaustion while attending a conference in Italy.

Claremont was diagnosed with cardiac stress and last week returned to New York City, where he will continue his rehabilitative therapy.

According to Marvel, Claremont is expected to make a full recovery.

Claremont, who recently renewed his exclusive contract with Marvel, is currently writing Uncanny X-Men and New Excalibur. His new projects -- Exiles and GeNext -- will be pushed back until late in the year when he returns

At a recent convention in New York, Claremont said he had completed the X-Men: The Last Stand novelization, which was in final editing stages.

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Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Comics, Drissi Advertising and Rocketsports Racing have teamed up to promote the May 26 worldwide release of X-Men: The Last Stand during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The No. 50 X-Men Ford Crawford competing in the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach on Saturday. SPEED will air the event on a same-day tape-delay at 9 p.m. (ET).

In other X-Men: The Last Stand news:

* A represenative of Fox told The Continuum there are currently three different television spots airing. They have shown up on Fox, ESPN and MTV.

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Titles include G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 #5 from Devil's Due Publishing and Betty #155 from Archie Comics.


* To the right is the package back art for Justice League: The Complete Second Season and Krypto: Cosmic Canine DVD collections.

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* DC Comics has announced that Blue Beetle #1 has sold out and will go back to press. The second printing will feature a preliminary, black-and-white version of the original cover by Cully Hamner, and is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 3.

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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, April 1: Ultimate Avengers and First Looks.

* Friday, March 31: 300 Video Journal, Superman Returns, Annihilation: Ronan, Fantastic Four and Red Sonja.

* Thursday, March 30: Krypto the Superdog, Ms. Marvel, Aquaman TV pilot, First Looks and Cyberforce.

* Wednesday, March 29: Teen Titans, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel/Panini deal and Devil's Due.

* Tuesday, March 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four sells out, Justice League Unlimited and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 27: IDW Publishing for July, Blade: The Series, Image Comics First Looks, Rex Mundi to Dark Horse and Nova.

* Sunday, March 26: V for Vendetta, Superman/Batman, Smallville and First Looks.

* Saturday, March 25: Ultimate Avengers, First Looks, E-Man Returns and Trailer Park of Terror. Pirates

* Friday, March 24: The Simpsons go live-action, Tommy Lee Edwards on Bulletpoints, First Looks and Amazing Spider-Man variant.

* Thursday, March 23: X-Men: The Official Game, Aspen Comics For June, The Batman and Blade: The Series.

* Wednesday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 21: DB Pro for June, Gen13's Talent Caldwell, Legion of Super Heroes animation, Witchblade animated and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 20: From Wizard World L.A.: Blade, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Universe and Civil War panels.

* Sunday, March 19: V for Vendetta tops box office and, from Wizard World L.A.: DC Universe, WildStorm/Vertigo/CMX and X-Men panels.

* Saturday, March 18: From Wizard World L.A.: Hellboy's Doug Jones, Superman Returns, DC Comics panel, Marvel's Cup 'O Joe panel and Mondo Marvel panel.

* Friday, March 17: February sales, Marvel animation roundup, V for Vendetta, Family Guy and Iron Man press conference.

* Thursday, March 16: Devil's Due for June, Oni Press for June and Smallville.

* Wednesday, March 15: Superman Returns comics, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 14: Marvel Comics for June, Image Comics for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 13: DC Comics for June, DC trade paperbacks for July/August, Archie Comics for June, Legion of Super-Heroes animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, March 12: V for Vendetta's Joel Silver, Chris Batista talks 52, Ape Entertainment's U.T.F. and Jenna Meets 100 Girls.

* Saturday, March 11: Superman DVDs, Smallville, The Simpsons and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, March 10: Justice League Unlimited, Marvel Comics First Looks, Narwain's Miserere and Dead @17.

* Thursday, March 9: Legion of Super Heroes animated, Superman DVDs, Aspen Comics' Shrugged and First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 8: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Tuesday, March 7: Dark Horse Comics for June, Batman Begins on HBO, Marvel's Fantastic Four press conference, Marvel Comics First Look and Moonstone books for July.

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