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MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2006

COMING TUESDAY

DC news -- and much more!!!

SUPERMAN RETURNS SEQUEL

According to Variety, Bryan Singer has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to direct and produce a sequel to Superman Returns.

Like Superman Returns, Legendary Pictures will likely co-finance the film. Singer has said he is targeting summer 2009 for the sequel.

At Comic-Con International on July 21, Singer indicated his intentions for a sequel.

"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.

Warner Bros. has an option on Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, and he is expected to return.

Superman Returns brought in $200.0 million domestically and some $380 million worldwide. It will be released on DVD on Nov. 28.

The Superman sequel will be Singer's fourth comic-book film, following X-Men, X2 and Superman Returns.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 22, CLICK HERE.

Titles include X-Factor #13 and Heroes for Hire #4.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to four-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 1, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Jonah Hex #13, The Other Side #2, Superman Confidential #1 and Midnighter #1.

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THE BATMAN: "THE EVERYWHERE MAN"

"The Everywhere Man," a new episode of The Batman, will premiere on Kids' WB! on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The episode features Superman Returns star Brandon Routh as The Everywhere Man and Allison Mack, who plays Chloe in Smallville, as Clea. Both characters are pictured above.

Here's how the episode is described:

"When evidence from a series of art thefts by a new costumed villain with the power to replicate implicates a close friend, Batman believes there must be another explanation. Now the Dark Knight must unmask the identity of this rogue called the 'Everywhere Man' and prove his friend's innocence."

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STJEPAN SEJIC EXCLUSIVE TO TOP COW

Croatian artists Stjepan Sejic, whose credits include the colors on titles such as Darkness/Wolverine and covers such as Savage Red Sonja, has signed an exclusive contract with Top Cow Productions.

Sejic will continue to spread his wings beyond just coloring alone. In addition to debuting his digital painting skills on December's Darkness Level 1, he will be providing fully painted issues of Witchblade, starting with January's #105 and running through #107.

Witchblade #105 will also feature the return of The Magdalena.

"I'm thrilled to have these great opportunities, and to be working for a company as prestigious as Top Cow," Sejic said. "It's only been a short time that I've been working in American comics, and it's wonderful to get this kind of recognition already."

Shown above are Sejic's cover to Play magazine and Witchblade #105.

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RON PERLMAN, KELLY HU IN AFRO SAMURAI

Ron Perlman, star of Hellboy, and Kelly Hu, who played Lady Deathstrike in X2, are joining Samuel L. Jackson in the cast of Spike TV's Afro Samurai.

The five-part animated series, from FUNimation and Japanese studio Gonzo, will premiere on Spike on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Afro Samurai is based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki and tells the story of a black samurai's hunt for the gunman who murdered his father.

Jackson is executive-producing and starring as Afro.

Perlman will voice Justice, the six-shooter wielding gunman who kills Afro's father and becomes the sole focus of Afro Samurai's quest for revenge.

"Aside from the opportunity to work with Sam Jackson, whom I admire intensely, the animation of Gonzo is as startlingly cutting edge and exciting as anything I've seen to date -- and that includes 56 years of cartoon watching!" Perlman said.

Hu provides the voice of Okiku, a friend from Afro Samurai's past who is forced to betray those she loves in order to save one most dear to her.

FUNimation Entertainment will release Afro Samurai on DVD in the spring.

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JANUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

Want to know what's coming up from your favorite publisher?

Simply click on the publishers' names below for their January solicitations, complete with images.

Arcana Studio.

Archie Comics.

Aspen Comics.

Boom! Studios.

Dark Horse Comics.

DC Comics.

Devil's Due Publishing.

IDW Publishing.

Image Comics.

Marvel Comics.

Moonstone Books.

Oni Press.

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BRIEFLY

* To the right is a look at Hasbro's Ghost Rider Rip Cord Flame Cycle and the Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze Rip Cord Stunt Cycle. Both could reach stores as early as this week.

* Heroes' Adrian Pasdan appeared on the syndicated Live! with Regis and Kelly on Monday. He explained the intricate harness that he wears to fly in the show. "It's pinching you in all the worse places," he said.

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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.

* Wednesday, October 25: Marvel First Looks, The Simpsons, Marvel Legends, Image First Looks, Vampirella and Black Panther.

* Tuesday, October 24: Marvel Legends, Black Panther, DC Comics roundup, Anita Blake, Heroes and Black Coat.

* Monday, October 23: Image Comics for January, Spider-Man movie, Heroes, Family Guy, Witchblade and First Looks.

* Sunday, October 22: Battlestar Galactica, Painkiller Jane and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 21: Paul Dini, Family Guy, Smallville, Arcana Studio for January and HBO/Cinemax in December.

* Friday, October 20: Kristanna Loken cast as Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Oni Press for January and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, October 19: IDW Publishing for January, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica comics and Teen Titans.

* Wednesday, October 18: Devil's Due Publishing for January, Archie Comics for January, Image First Looks, Andy Diggle on Hellblazer and Star Trek's Michael Dorn.

* Tuesday, October 17: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics for January, Boom! Studios for January, Dynamite First Looks and Soulfire: Chaos Reign.

* Monday, October 16: DC Comics for January, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Georges Jeanty, Heroes and Top Cow's Tyler Kirkham.

* Sunday, October 15: DC Comics, The Batman, Silent Devil and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 14: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Transformers: Spotlight, Ape Entertainment's Nightmare World and Krypto the Superdog.

* Friday, October 13: Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Smallville, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, First Looks, September sales and Iron Man movie.

* Thursday, October 12: Justice League of America, Superman Returns video game, White Tiger, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 11: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

* Tuesday, October 10: Moonstone Books for February, Iron Man movie, Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, October 9: Aspen Comics for December, Image Comics First Looks, Justice League Unlimited and The Simpsons.

* Sunday, October 8: Spike TV's Scream Awards, Hellboy and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 7: Smallville, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and Top Cow's Freshmen II.

* Friday, October 6: Superman Returns video game, IDW Publishing lands Star Trek, Thunderbolts and Dynamite First Looks.

* Thursday, October 5: Dark Horse Comics for January, X-Men: the Last Stand, Spider-Man 3, Transformers: The Movie and DC First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 4: Marvel First Looks, Heroes, Virgin's Seven Brothers and Image First Looks.




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