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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2006

COMING SATURDAY

Superman Returns press junket in Los Angeles -- and much more!!!

SUPERMAN RETURNS UPDATE

Bryan Singer, director of Superman Returns, said that a fairly larger scene was cut from the beginning of the movie.

"I had this cut and it was time to test it with an audience and we had what I call 'a friends and family screening,' where a number of people sit there," Singer said Friday at the press junket for the film in Los Angeles. "And as I'm watching it, I looked at certain things in it and felt certain things. And one of those (concerns) was really tough, because it was a return to Krypton sequence, a whole sequence in space, a very expensive and elaborate sequence.

"But in the context of this movie, it just wasn't necessary and it wasn't important. And it could live on afterwards. It could live in some other dimension.

"We could show it in 3D. It would be amazing in 3D. It could exist in the future.

"But in the context of the movie, that and a few other pieces just were not ... and you feel in the audience, and you know it. You just look at friends, and you sit down and look for straight answers from friends you trust. And then you say, 'OK, boom, boom, boom!" and those 15 minutes or 20 minutes came out like (snaps fingers), 'No problem.'"

Singer said that he completed the scene and it might end up on the Superman Returns DVD. "There's some very elegant things in there," he said.

Even with the cut, Superman Returns still is the longest film in terms of running time Singer has made.

"I don't desire to have exceedingly long movies," Singer said. "I've never made exceedingly long movies."

In other Superman Returns notes:

* Warner Bros. has released a new batch of stills from the movie. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.

* The film's opening credits are done in the same style as Superman: The Movie, with the hollow blue type moving across the screen.

* Producer Jon Peters, who had tried to develop a Superman film for more than a decade, on hearing Singer's idea for Superman Returns: "I remember getting goose bumps and feeling 'Wow...that is right on the money. The story is contemporary, emotional, action-packed and a love story, too. It hits all the bases that we want in a Superman movie."

* Frank Langella, who plays Perry White, said the time was right for Superman to return in a film version. "He's coming back at a time when people have a real need, I think, to sit there for a couple of hours with a big box of popcorn and a soda and have someone sweep them off their feet again."

* Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane in the 1950's Superman series, plays Gertrude Vanderworth, an heiress that falls prey to Lex Luthor's scheming ways.

* Look for much more on Superman Returns on Saturday and throughout the weekend here in The Continuum.



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FRED VAN LENTE TALKS MARVEL WESTERN

Fred Van Lente told The Continuum that his story in the upcoming Marvel Westerns: Western Legends book will tie into the Marvel's new Super-Villain Team-Up book in February.

"I can't say any more than that," he said. "It's a five-issue mini-series and the artist will be Francis Portela, who was an artist on Arana."

Van Lente's story is called "The Man from Fort Rango" and it features art from Homs.

Here's how Marvel describes the story:

"Major Brett Saber is known as the Man from Fort Rango, hard-nosed leader of a rag-tag group of frontier soldiers. His unruly men are no match for a deadly band of Indians intent on holding their stronghold, but a mythical man-beast poses a deadlier threat to both sides."

"It was fun to write because it's a war/western fix," Van Lente said.

Other stories in the book include Red Wolf by Karl Kesel and Carmine Di Giandomenico and Man Called Hurricane by Jeff Parker and Tomm Coker.

Marvel Western: Western Legends goes on sale on July 24. Click on the thumbnails above for pages from Van Lente's story.

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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.

* Saturday, June, 3: Erica Durance, Blade: The Series, DC Comics and Marvel's Cup o' Joe panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Ultimate Avengers 2 and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 2: X-Men, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Aspen's Shrugged, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 1: X-Men press conference, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville, Transformers and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 31: X-Men: The Last Stand deaths, Avi Arad steps down, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Superman Returns.

* Tuesday, May 30: Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns' Bryan Singer, Alex Ross covers for Virgin Comics and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Monday, May 29: Spider-Man 3 in New York, X-Men: The Last Stand's Ralph Winter, Blade: The Series and Superman Returns.

* Sunday, May 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Alex Toth dies, Krypto the Superdog schedule, Starz comic-book marathon and Dark Horse First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Saturday, May 27: X-Men: The Last Stand's big opening, Blade: The Series, Teen Titans, DB Pro's XIII graphic novels and First Looks.

* Friday, May 26: X-Men: The Last Stand, The Batman, Giant-Size Hulk, Iron Man and Dynamite Entertainment news.

* Thursday, May 25: X-Men: The Last Stand's Kelsey Grammer, Blade: The Series' Jill Wagner, Iron Man movie, Teen Titans and The Batman on DVD and First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 24: X-Men: The Last Stand's Shawn Ashmore, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Ghost Rider variants and Komikwerks for August.

* Tuesday, May 23: X-Men: The Last Stand's Ben Foster, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow/Marvel crossovers and Superman Returns.

* Monday, May 22: X-Men: The Last Stand's Anna Paquin, Civil War: Thunderbolts, Image Comics First Looks, Bongo Comics for August, Bomb Queen vs. Blacklight and Devi #1 preview.

* Sunday, May 21: X-Men: The Last Stand's Famke Janssen, Jospeh Michael Linsner's Claws and Alias Comics for August.

* Saturday, May 20: George Perez at Motor City Comic Con, X-Men: The Last Stand and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, May 19: Blade: The Series, X-Men: The Last Stand's Patrick Stewart, Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man chess set, V for Vendetta DVD details and Transformers: Stormbringer.

* Thursday, May 18: X-Men: The Last Stand's Aaron Stanford, Civil War #2 preview, Devil's Due Publishing for August, Captain Atom finale, Image Comics First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Wednesday, May 17: Image Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, May 16: Marvel Comics for August, Marvel Comics First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, Highlander comic book and Vertigo trade paperbacks.

* Monday, May 15: X-Men: The Last Stand's Halle Berry, DC Comics for August, NBC's Heroes, Snakewoman artist, Archie Comics for August and Dragon's Lair.

* Sunday, May 14: X-Men: The Last Stand's James Marsden, Superman Returns writers and First Looks.

* Saturday, May 13: X-Men: The Last Stand's Dania Ramirez, V for Vendetta on DVD, Heroic Publishing for August and First Looks.




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