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At the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday, Superman Returns director Bryan Singer said that he wants to direct another Superman film for Warner Bros.

"I haven't concluded a deal to do it yet -- which is also iffy -- but my intention is to do it," Singer said. "My intention is to do it for 2009.

"With this one, we kind of introduced the characters and the universe to some degree, which required some measure of re-introduction since it had been several years since Superman had been around," Singer said. "The next one enables me to get all Wrath of Khan on it."

Singer said that he hoped screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty would be involved in the next film. "If I can afford them," he said. "They're best friends and best writers."

He also noted that in the next movie he should be able to incorporate more contemporary aspects from the comics. "I'm very respectful of that," he said.

Singer was joined by Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner. "If he hadn't done that movie, there would be no comic-book movies," Singer said. "There would be template for Batman or X-Men on Spider-Man."

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Richard Donner brought a whole lot of Superman to Comic-Con International on Friday.

Donner was at two Superman-related panels, which included two anticipated announcements: Warner Home Video is relasing Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut on DVD on Nov. 28 and that Donner will be joining Geoff Johns as the writers of Action Comics.

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro sounded guarded about the prospects for a second live-action Hellboy movie at the Hellboy animated panel at Comic-Con International Saturday.

"I really would love to make a second one happen," del Toro. "What we went through was the essential collapsing of the studio that made the first one. Revolution is now producing very little, and their deal with Sony Pictures expired.

"So trying to find a new home for a second piece in a franchise has proven not that easy. Sometimes we get the same questions that we did on the first one about him being red or being called Hellboy."

Del Toro said Hellboy creator Mike Mignola was "absolutely aghast" at his first draft for the sequel. "Then I rewrote it, and he went, 'I like it. This one is better.'

"The reality is that it took a long time to figure out the second one, for the characters to really move to a place that made sense, both in the universe of the comic and the movie.

"And I think that when we got into the story, it was so coincidental that Mike was exploring that in the future comics. So really there was some synchronicity."

Del Toro said he gets conflicting reports.

"Satuday, it's a done deal and I've got to clear my schedule. And on Monday, it fell through," he said. "As horrifying as it is, I have spent in the 'almost there' stage, years. I hope it doesn't happen this time."

Look for coverage of the animated portion of the panel soon here in The Continuun.

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Sunday should be a major day for Spider-Man 3 fans at Comic-Con International.

The Continuum has learned that in addition to director Sam Raimi, cast members Tobey Maguire, Thomas Haden Church, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace and Bryce Dallas Howard will be at Sony's panel.

Look for more from their appearance on Sunday here in The Continuum.

In other Spider-Man 3 news:

* A representative of Hasbro told The Continuum the first Spider-Man's action figures will be in stores on March 24, about six weeks before the film's release. Two Spider-Man figures, one red and blue and the other black, were previewed at Hasbro's party on Thursday night.

* At Sony's Comic-Con booth, several Spider-Man items are being auctioned. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.

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At a retrospective panel devoted to him at Comic-Con International, Bruce Timm played coy about his next projects.

Asked about the much-rumored animated version of Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier, Timm, tongue in cheek, said Internet reports were wrong; he was doing DC: The New Fondu. "It's cheesy," he cracked.

He did say he couldn't see himself revisting what has become known as the DC Animated Universe that included Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond and the Justice League shows.

Before the panel ended, Timm was again asked about future projects, and an image of a bloody Superman logo -- from "The Death of Superman" comics story -- was shown.

"How'd that get there?" Timm deadpanned.

The Continuum ran into Timm after the panel. He smiled and asked, "You got the scoop on New Fondu, right?"

Asked if he could seriously say anything, Timm declined.

Sources have told The Continuum that DC: The New Frontier, a Superman/Doomsday film and another project involving the Teen Titans will be revealed at Saturday's DC Universe panel. DC representatives did not confirm this.

It's unclear if the Teen Titans project will be derived from the televisions series. Glen Murakami, producer of Teen Titans, told The Continuum he is no longer at Warner Bros.

Look for official details soon here in The Continuum -- as well as coverage of the Legion of Super Heroes portion of the panel.

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-- DC Comics announced several new projects and provided updates on current ones at its Vertigo panel Saturday at Comic-Con International.

For a rundown, with more than a dozen new images, CLICK HERE.


Image Comics on Saturday announced that C.B. Cebulski is doing his first work with the publisher with a pair of projects -- Drain with artist Sana Takeda and Shiki with artist Joćo Lemos.

The Continuum caught up with Cebulski to talk about both books.

To read the interview, CLICK HERE.

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Tony Montana is alive -- and kicking ass -- in Scarface: Scarred for Life, a new comic book based on the 1983 Universal film starring Al Pacino.

IDW Publishing on Saturday at its second Comic-Con International panel announced John Layman and Dave Crosland as the creative team on the five-issue mini-series, which launches in December.

For additional Scarface details and more from the panel, including Angel and Spike news, Dick Tracy collections and 15 new images, CLICK HERE.

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Red Menace -- a new comic from The O.C.'s Adam Brody and Flash: The Fastest Man Alive's Danny bilson and Paul DeMeo -- along with two more New Line horror books and variant covers were among the new projects at WildStorm's panel at Comic-Con International on Friday.

For news highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

And look for more specific details on various books soon here in The Continuum.

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* Hasbro on Friday announced the lineup for the next Marvel Legends lines: Movie Jean Grey, She-Hulk, Quicksilver, Wolverine, Thor and Yellowjacket. The buildable figure will be Blob.

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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, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Retursn.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

* Thursday, July 13: Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane, Wolverine: Origins press conference, X-Men titles, First Looks, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited DVDs and Virgin Comics teams with John Woo and Garth Ennis.

* Wednesday, July 12: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Spider-Girl returns, Aspen's Civil War: X-Men cover and Moonstone Books for November.

* Tuesday, July 11: Smallville's Jimmy Olsen, Marvel First Looks, Sabrina trade paperback and Star Wars Lithographs.

* Monday, July 10: Spider-Man 3, Incredible Hulk DVD, Kid Kosmos, Model Operandi and First Look.

* Sunday, July 9: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars: Dark Times, weekend box office and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 8: Blade: The Series episodes, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Fantastic Four on HBO, Who Wants to Be a Superhero contestants and Superman Returns box office.

* Friday, July 7: Dark Horse Comics for October, The Amazing Screw-On Head, The Batman and First Looks.

* Thursday, July 6: Spider-Man Unmasked press conference, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes animated.

* Wednesday, July 5: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel TV/movie roundup, Marvle Zombies hardcover and First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 4: Cliff Chiang on Doctor 13, First Looks and Bandai's Witchblade manga.

* Monday, July 3: Wolverine: Origins' Daniel Way, First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

* Sunday, July 2: DC Comics' 52 and Marvel panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns box office and Narwain's Fiendish Fables.

* Saturday, July 1: DC Nation, Joe Quesada and Warren Ellis panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 30: Rosario Dawson panel at Heroes Con, Blade: The Series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero, Aspen Comics' Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Blue Water's Lost Raven and The Batman.

* Thursday, June, 29: Image Comics First Looks, Superman Returns, Image Comics' The Cross Bronx and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Wednesday, June, 28: Superman Returns, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Krypto the Superdog in July.

* Tuesday, June, 27: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics First Looks, Civil War, Wolverine: Origins, Top Cow's Freshmen, Arcana Studio for September, The Batman in July, Lone Ranger and DC First Looks.

* Monday, June, 26: Civil War special, Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans episodes, Komikwerks for September and Silent Devil's Antigone.

* Sunday, June, 25: Blade: The Series, Superman Returns, Oni Press for September and First Looks.

* Saturday, June, 24: Spider-Man 3, Starz's Comics on Film, Ali Russell writes Isis, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

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