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TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2006

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Marvel and DC First Looks, more on Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland -- and much more!!!

SPIDER-MAN 3 IN CLEVELAND

The Spider-Man character made his first costumed appearance before the cameras in Cleveland on Tuesday morning as second-unit production continued.

A stuntman -- no, it wasn't Tobey Maguire -- spent a good bulk of the morning sliding behind a camera truck up and down Euclid Avenue as part of an action sequence that will reportedly take up some five minutes of Spider-Man 3.

After three warm and sunny days, the weather took a winter-like turn on Tuesday, with overcast skies, strong winds and temperatures in the 40s, a drop of nearly 25 degrees from Monday.

The filmmakers continued to work on a scene involving an armored truck, the Sandman and a wild chase. Spider-Man is actually supposed to riding a car door, sort of like a water skier, down the road.

Office workers on both sides of Euclid were pressed to the windows for much of Tuesday, first for Spidey and then for more car demoliton and driving stunts.

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LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, THE BATMAN BACK-TO-BACK

The CW has formally announced Legion of Super Heroes and The Batman for its upcoming Kids' WB! season, putting the shows back-to-back beginning at 11 a.m. in its Saturday morning lineup.

Here's how the network describes the Legion show, which will air at 11 a.m.:

"One thousand years from now, a group of teenage super heroes travel back in time to recruit the greatest hero of all, Superman, and enlist him their fight against evil in the 31st Century. While their intentions were good, their time travel skills were not, and Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl, Bouncing Boy and Timber Wolf end up going too far back into the past, accidentally retrieving the young Superboy instead. Together, this unlikely Legion of Super Heroes bands together to defend the rights of all free worlds and uphold the laws of the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don't kill each other first.

"Legion of Super Heroes combines humor with high-stakes, grand-scale super heroics to create the ultimate sci-fi, super hero fantasy for kids of all ages. Each episode of this fast-paced, character-driven action comedy will pit Superboy and the Legion against otherworldly threats and adversaries who challenge the team on both super heroic and emotional levels."

Here's how the network describes The Batman, which will air at 11:30 a.m.:

"The Batman features the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history in action-packed super heroic adventures, melding the renowned character's extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills with a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and an amped-up Batmobile. The series premiered in fall 2004 and picked up Batman's story in his mid-20s, when he's just finding his way as a protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne.

"In the upcoming third season, the Dark Knight continues his relentless quest to rid Gotham City of its supervillains, but he's not alone. Robin joins the team, and the fabled Dynamic Duo is also occasionally joined by Batgirl. Harley Quinn, Black Mask, Killer Moth, the Everywhere Man and a brand-new Clayface join the rogues' gallery of villains, led by the Joker, Penguin and Riddler, who ceaselessly torment Batman and Gotham City."

The Continuum on Tuesday caught up with supervising producer Duane Capizzi, who confirmed that Robin will be Dick Grayson.

"Robin will be young and scrappy," Capizzi told The Continuum..

Capizzi also confirmed that Paul Dini is the writer for the Harley Quinn episode.

"The new season will have lots of surprises, particularly for fans -- it will be awesome," Capizzi said.

In related news:

* The Batman won two Daytime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation. It was one of only 10 shows to win multiple awards.

* The network has announced the air date for this season's final two episodes of The Batman: "The Icy Depths" on May 6 and "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind" on May 13.

For the network's complete schedule for May, CLICK HERE.

* Look for more on Legion of Super Heroes very soon here in The Continuum.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics arriving in stores on May 17, CLICK HERE.

Titles include X-Men: Fairy Tales #1, Marvel Adventures The Avengers #1 and Captain America #18.

Look for more Marvel First Looks on Wednesday here in The Continuum.



DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of DC Comics arriving in stores in July, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Detective Comics #821, Superman/Batman #28, Jack of Fables #1 and Rokkin #1.

Look for more DC Comics First Looks on Wednesday here in The Continuum.

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INFINITE CRISIS EXTRA PAGES

DC Comics has announced that it will include six extra story pages of Infinite Crisis #7 -- the series finale -- at no extra cost.

The book is scheduled to be in stores on May 3. It will cost $3.99.

The finale is written by Geoff Johns, with art by Phil Jimenez, George Perez and Andy Lanning.

"The thing that's so fantastic about Infinite Crisis is its scope," Jimenez said. "Geoff and all the artists really worked to give readers a story and art that covered all the corners of the DCU. With the expanded page count, we were able to flesh out scenes and fill in some really wonderful character moments, making for an even deeper, more fulfilling read!"



ANITA BLAKE PREVIEW IN MARSHAL

Dabel Brothers Production announced on Monday that it will be offering a preview of its upcoming adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guility Pleasures in the first issue of Marshall, which hits shelves on Wednesday.

"We've been flooded with email from our fans about how they can't wait to see the first issue of the Anita Blake comics," said Les Dabel, vice president and new business director of DB Pro. "As luck would have it, just before we went to print, we received the first few pages of the book from Brett Booth, the artist on the series. They've gotten us so excited that we want to share them with our readers as soon as possible."

The preview covers the first chapter of Guilty Pleasures, where Anita Blake encounters the newly dead vampire Willie McCoy.

The first issue of Anita Blake, based on Laurell K. Hamilton's novels, is scheduled for July.

The Dabel Brothers also said that they will include additional sneak preview material in Marshal #2 and #3.

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BRIEFLY

* To the right is a first look at the logo for DC Comics' new Wonder Woman title.

* Batman Begins and Sin City were nominated for Best Movie for the MTV Movie Awards.

Other comics-based nominations included Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis of Fantastic Four for Best On-Screen Team; Cillian Murphy of Batman Begins for Best Villain; Christian Bale of Batman Begins and Jessica Alba of Fantastic Four for Best Hero; Jessica Alba of Sin City for Sexiest Performance; and Rosario Dawson and Clive Owen of Sin City for Best Kiss.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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

* Thursday, April 20: Devil's Due for July, Alias for July, Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Superman: Brainiac Attacks.

* Wednesday, April 19: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Archie First Looks, Witchblade #100 and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, April 18: Marvel Comics for July, Marvel Comics First Looks and IDW sell-outs.

* Monday, April 17: DC Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Archie Comics for July and Moon Knight.

* Sunday, April 16: Absolute Dark Knight, Ultimate Avengers and Emily Edison.

* Saturday, April 15: The Simpsons, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes animated and Transformers: Evolutions.

* Friday, April 14: Storm's wedding dress, Superman movies on Cinemax, Family Guy, Aspen Comics for July, Big Bang Comics and March sales figures.

* Thursday, April 13: DB Pro for July, Moonstone Books for August, Justice League Unlimited, Tom DeFalco press conference, Archie First Looks and DC Comics' second printings.

* Wednesday, April 12: Superman Returns, DC Comics' second printings, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks, Marvel Legends and Skye Runner.

* Monday, April 10: Dark Horse Comics for July, X-Men: The Last Stand, Heroes for Hire artist and White Tiger artist.

* Sunday, April 9: Justice League Unlimited, Heroes for Hire, V for Vendetta and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 8: Batman movies on HBO, Heroic Publishing for July and First Looks.

* Friday, April 7: Superman Returns, Civil War press conference, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, Boom! Studios for July and Claypool Comics for July.

* Thursday, April 6: Fantastic Four sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and The Batman.

* Wednesday, April 5: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, G.I. Joe: Declassified and Astonishing X-Men.

* Tuesday, April 4: Fantastic Four animated series, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, Diamond Select Toys, Ultimate Fantastic Four and First Looks.

* Monday, April 3: McFarlane Productions' projects, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and IDW First Looks.

* Sunday, April 2: Smallville, V for Vendetta and First Looks.

* 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.




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