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FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006

COMING SATURDAY

X-Men: The Last Stand press event in New York City -- and much more!!!

HUGH JACKMAN TALKS WOLVERINE MOVIE

Hugh Jackman, who returns as Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand, told The Continuum that he anticipates going before the cameras for a Wolverine movie in "about a year."

Jackman laid out a potential timetable for the film during the press event Friday morning in New York City for X-Men: The Last Stand.

"We have to get the script right with David (Benioff), so we've got probably another draft before we have the script at a point where we go to look for directors," Jackman said.

Jackman said the film will probably be a prequel to the X-Men movies.

"About three months ago I saw the second draft that David Benioff has done," Jackman said. "David, as you probably know, is a huge fan of the franchise and one of the hottest writers around.

"The lucky think I have, as a partner on this and playing Wolverine, the A-list of the A-list, and there are a number of them, are so passionate about this character and want to work on it.

"I think -- and they think -- that there is enough of this character to substantiate not just like an appendange to the movies that exist, but an entity on its own. I don't want to make Wolverine being kind of disguised for X-Men 4. I want to make a piece that's in every way -- stylistically and character-wise -- that's different, that shows new stuff.

"I think Wolverine -- I mean, I play him, I would say this -- is one of the most interesting characters in terms of action heroes, comic-book heroes, around."

Asked if he would like a Japanese element to the film, Jackman said, "I love that idea. Whether we can put all it all into this one movie, I don't know. I love that dynamic and I love that whole backstory. I honestly can't confirm either way."

Look for much more from the X-Men press event on Saturday here in The Continuum.

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LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ANIMATED

Warner Bros. has provided The Continuum with a complete first look at the preview image for the upcoming Legion of Super Heroes animated series on Kids' WB!

The image shows Phantom Girl, Brainiac-5, Saturn Girl, Superboy, Lightning Lad, Timber Wolf and Bouncing Boy.

Series producer James Tucker, who was a producer on Justice League Unlimited, explained the look of the show for The Continuum.

"Artistically, the style of the show falls somewhere between Superman: The animated series and Clone Wars," Tucker told The Continuum. "It's definitely not anime-based at all."

Asked about villains on the series, Tucker said, "It's safe to say that the Fatal Five will be showing up several times, as well as a few other well known Legion foes."

Click on the thumbnail for a larger image and look for more on Legion of Super Heroes soon here in The Continuum

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DC COMICS TRADE PAPERBACK FOR FALL

Infinite Crisis will be collected in a hardcover in September, DC Comics announced as part of a lineup for mostly DCU collected editions for the fall.

Written by Geoff Johns, with art by comics talents including Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Jerry Ordway and more, this hardcover contains every cover and variant produced for the project, annotations, character designs, excerpts from scripts, unused scenes and more.

The list is also highlighted by a Sachs & Violens trade paperback, collecting the 1993 work written by Peter David and illustrated by George Pérez.

For a rundown of the trades, CLICK HERE.

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HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL IMAGES

Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with new art from the Halo Graphic Novel from Marvel and Bungie Studios.

The Halo Graphic Novel features four full-length stories by several well-known comic writers and artists including Moebius, Simon Bisley, Tsutomu Nihei, and Jay Faerber. It also features a gallery of illustrations with contributions from a number of prominent artists, Bungie¹s amazing visual team, and several distinguished comic book illustrators.

The images are by Bisley and the team of Andrew Robinson and Ed Lee.

Marvel's Director of Development, Publishing, Ruwan Jayatilleke said, "The Halo Graphic Novel is true to the vision, scope and spirit of the Halo universe. It is dynamic, engaging and cinematic."

The Halo Graphic Novel is a 128-page full-color hardcover that will go on sale July 12 and cost $24.99.

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ORDERS MORE THAN 175,000

Dynamite Entertainment on Friday announced that it has set its initial print run for the launch of its ongoing Battlestar Galactica comic at more than 175,000 copies in initial orders. The #0 issue will cost 25 cents.

According to the publisher, in addition to its direct market sales, copies of Galactica #0 will be used in promotional efforts at the upcoming licensing shows and conventions across the country.

A promotion for the issue is also being planned with TV Guide, with more details expected soon.

"We're obviously very happy with the reception #0 has had in all aspects of the marketplace," said Dynamite spokesperson J. Allen. "And the outreach and promotional opportunities we're working on with Universal, Sci Fi and others are sure to help drive customers into their local comics shop - for not only the specially priced #0 issue, but the ongoing series as well."

Battlestar Galactica #0 is in stores this month, followed by #1 in July.

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IDW PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

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Titles include Angel: Doyle and Fallen Angel #6.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at covers -- with trade dress -- for Marvel Comics titles Books of Doom #6, Ultimate Extinction #5, Ultimate Spider-Man #95, Iron Man: The Inevitable #6 and Daughters of the Dragon #5. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Runemaster Studio has announced a deal with Shock Toys for action figures based on its Lions, Tigers and Bears and Gimoles properties.

* Active Images had announced that Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection has sold out of its 26,000 copies. Image Comics and Active Images are arranging for a Director's Cut reprint of Unnatural Selection soon to support the new monthly Hip Flask series, Elephantmen, which launches in July.

* Matt Wagner is doing a sequel to Batman and The Monster Men.

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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.

* Sunday, May 7: Superman Returns' Kate Bosworth, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men animated and First Looks.

* Saturday, May 6: Dark Horse Comics for August, X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns' Kal Penn.

* Friday, May 5: Superman Returns' Brandon Routh, Ron Garney exclusive to Marvel, The Simpsons, Justice League video game, Devil's Due First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, May 4: Ultimate Fantastic Four, Justice League Unlimited, X-Men: The Last Stand, Lords of Avalon to DB Pro and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 3: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Loos and 100 Bullets video game.

* Tuesday, May 2: Justice League DVD, Marvel First Looks, DB Pro's The Highwayman, Sin City Marv bust and DC Comics' second printings.

* Monday, May 1: IDW Publishing for August, X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Sunday, April 30: X-Men: The Last Stand, Teen Titans, Alias Comics' The Vindicators and Image First Looks.

* Saturday, April 29: X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Krypto the Superdog and First Looks.

* Friday, April 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man movie, Smallville, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Wolverine and Claypool Comics for August.

* Thursday, April 27: Spider-Man on Cartoon Network, Activision's Marvel Alliance, Ed Brubaker extends exclusive and First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 26: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Wolverine: Origins and Smallville.

* Tuesday, April 25: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes on Kids' WB!, Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Infinite Crisis and Anita Blake.

* Monday, April 24: Spider-Man 3 in Cleveland, Marvel Legends, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Turner panels at Pittsburgh Comicon and Xena creative team.

* Sunday, April 23: DC's One Year Later panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, The Librarian and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 22: Spider-Girl panel at Pittsburgh Comicon, Image Comics' Task Force 1 and First Looks.

* Friday, April 21: Conan, Virgin Comics for July and Alias First Looks.

* 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.




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