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Superman video games and games based on movies don't have the greatest track records, but the executive producer of the Superman Returns game coming Nov. 20 from Electronic Games is confident it will succeed with gamers.

"I'm really happy with it," Chris Gray said during The Continuum's recent visit to EA Tiburon in Orlando, Fla. "It's a fun game."

The game was originally scheduled to coincide with the movie last summer, but was delayed.

"The simple answer is it's a big complicated game and we needed more time to finish it," Gray said, noting that, at its production peak, more than 100 people were working on it.

A common theme among the creators was that the game "wasn't simply playing the movie." While based on Superman Returns and featuring actors from the film, the open-world game expands on the movie to include such villains as Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Mongul and Bizarro and even newly created foes.

The game's story was from Marv Wolfman, the veteran comics writer who also wrote the Superman Returns novelization, and Flint Dillie, a longtime game writer.

Superman can't die in the game; the objective is to save Metropolis, which has its own health meter and serves as a character element.

"Superman is a bit of a morality tale," said Jeff Peters, supervising producer. "He has all the powers in the universe, but you have to ask, 'How do I use them?'"

"We worked hard on the idea that Superman has a lot of different powers and mastering them is a big challenge of the game," Gray added.

The creators worked with DC Comics to create a map of Metropolis. "DC would give their blessing and we made an 80 square mile city with unique districts," Peters said.

Look for more reports on the game leading up to its release here in The Continuum.

For comments from Superman Returns stars Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth on providing voices for the game, CLICK HERE. - More Product. More Exclusives.


"Ice Cream of Margie (With The Light Blue Hair)," a new episode of The Simpsons, will air on Fox on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"After Homer gets fired at the nuclear power plant, he takes over the ice cream truck business, while a depressed Marge creates popsicle stick sculptures to keep busy. The sculptures quickly become popular and Marge is excited to have a purpose in life, until a turn of events divides the Simpsons household."

Look for more on The Simpsons soon here in The Continuum.


For covers and two-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Betty & Veronica Spectacular #76, Holiday Fun Digest #11 and Sabrina the Teenage Witch #80.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 8, CLICK HERE.


* Fox is releasing five comics-based films on Blu-ray in the next month: X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on Nov. 14 and From Hell and Bulletproof Monk on Dec. 5.

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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.

* Monday, October 30: Bryan Singer signs for Superman sequel, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, The Batman, Stjepan Sejic exclusive to Top Cow and Afro Samurai.

* Sunday, October 29: Legion of Super Heroes, Family Guy and Heroic Publishing's Flare Adventures.

* Saturday, October 28: Heroes, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Smallville and First Looks.

* Friday, October 27: Diamond Select Toys, Smallville, First Looks and Marvel postage stamps.

* Thursday, October 26: Onslaught Reborn, Smallville, First Looks, DC Comics trades, The Fountain, Heroic Publishing's Athem and Hellboy: Sword of Storms.

* 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.

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