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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2007

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THE BATMAN, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES NEW SEASONS

Confirming new seasons for both The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes on Thursday, Warner Bros. Animation also dropped major hints at what to expect in both shows.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! and Tom and Jerry Tales will all be back on Kids' WB! for the 2007-2008 season.

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the new season of The Batman:

"The Batman, which is nominated for a 2006-2007 Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Animation Program category, will focus its new season on the introduction of Batman's Justice League peers. Expect amped-up action and heightened stakes as Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and several others work in concert with Batman -- and even more of his amazing technological wonders -- to defend Gotham from a seemingly never-ending roster of super villains."

Alan Burnett and Michael Goguen serve as supervising producers and Kim Smith is producer for The Batman.

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the new season of Legion:

"The second season of Legion of Super Heroes finds the group fulfilling their collective destiny, each member elevating his skills to new levels ... just in time to face even greater challenges. A daunting new villain -- a destroyer of galaxies from the rich annals of DC Comics -- puts the Legion into action alongside new team members. Superman returns from the 21st century with greater development of both his physical prowess and far better utilization of his powers to help the Legion toward victory in the 31st century and beyond. Moreover, the Legion finds a surprising, new ally from across the space-time continuum to assist in its efforts to rid the universe of this powerful foe."

James Tucker returns for this second season as producer of Legion, and is joined by associate producer Amy McKenna and story editor Michael Jelenic.

Warner Bros. did not release art yet for the new seasons, with the exception of a Season 2 logo for Legion. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image and look for more Legion news below.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 14, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Amazing Spider-Girl #5, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II #6, Blade #6, Ghost Rider #8, Exiles #91, New X-Men #35, Sensational Spider-Man #35, Thunderbolts #11, Ultimate X-Men #79, New Excalibur #16, Wolverine: Origins #11 and Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo -- Born Better #1.

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LEGION OF SUPER HEROES: "LIGHTNING STORM"

"Lightning Storm," a new episode of Legion of Super Heroes, is scheduled to air on Saturday at 10 a.m. (ET).

Here's how the episode is described:

"Much to the Legion's disappointment, Lightning Lad accepts an invitation to join an older, 'cooler' team. Once there, however, Lightning Lad realizes these new heroes aren't exactly what they seem. Now, caught between the Legion and his new friends, Lightning Lad must decide once and for all where his loyalties lie."

"This is one of my favorites of the season," producer James Tucker told The Continuum. "Lightning Lad has had the most in-depth storyline. His brother, Mekt, who we introduced in Champions, goes over to the dark side for good. It's more of a Justice League-type episode, and I don't say that in a bad way. It's a little more serious."

The episode was written by Stan Berkowitz.

"It's a kick-ass action episode, but it's got a little more depth to it," Tucker said. "It has a lot of weight to it."

Khary Payton, who did the voice of Cyborg in Teen Titans, plays both Tyr and Hunter in the episode.

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WHITEOUT MOVIE

Whiteout, a movie based on the comic-book characters created by Greg Rucka, will begin production in Montreal on March 5, Variety is reporting.

The film will star Kate Beckinsale, known in the sci-fi/action world from the Underworld movies (shown to the right), and will be directed by Dominic Sena.

Whiteout will be the first movie to go into production under producer Joel Silver's new Dark Castle Entertainment label. Silver, whose many films include The Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta, is also producing Wonder Woman.

Sena's credits include Gone in 60 Seconds, Swordfish and Kalifornia.

Whiteout will be distributed by Warner Bros.

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BRIEFLY

* Top Cow has announced variant cover editions for the New York Comic Con on Feb. 23-25.

Top Cow will offer a limited edition Marc Silvestri Sketch cover for Witchblade Takeru Manga #1; Top Cow's exclusive X-23: Target X #1 Mike Choi Variant; a limited edition printing of The Darkness Ultimate Collection trade paperback; and a New York con exclusive The Darkness baseball shirt.

The Darkness Ultimate Collection trade paperback will feature a red foil cover treatment, come with an exclusive mini-lithograph by Silvestri and will be limited to 100 copies for the regular cover price of $20.



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, February 3: Stan Lee on Heroes, Legion of Super Heroes and The Batman renewed, Smallville, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Friday, February 2: Joss Whedon off Wonder Woman and David Goyer off Flash, The Batman's Alan Burnett, WildStorm/Vertigo collections, BlueWater Productions for May, Heroic Publishing for May and Moonstone Books for May.

* Thursday, February 1: Smallville, Civil War #7 variant, DC Universe collections, TwoMorrows Publishing for May and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 31: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Image First Looks, Adam Beechen on Teen Titans, Firebreather and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, January 30: KISS, George Perez, Heroes, Marvel First Looks, DC roundup, Krypto the Superdog and BlueWater Productions graphic novels.

* Monday, January 29: From Phoenix Cactus Comicon -- Hellboy's Mike Mignola, Mighty Avengers' Angel Medina and Feedback; plus, DC Comics First Looks, The Simpsons and Stephen Colbert.

* Sunday, January 28: Smallville, Rob Liefeld, Heroes and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, January 27: Ghost Rider movie, Free Comic Book Day titles and Battlestar Galactica.

* Friday, January 26: Marvel Comics First Looks, Smallville, Painkiller Jane, Hero Initiative's Ultimate Spider-Man covers and Fell trade paperback.

* Thursday, January 25: DC Comics teaser image, TMNT's Kevin Munroe and Tom Gray, 300 goes IMAX, DC's World War III, The Tick, Virgin Comics for April and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 24: Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment for April, Marvel animation, Image First Looks, DC First Looks and Spider-Man 3.

* Tuesday, January 23: Marvel Animation, Marvel First Looks, 300, Transformers movie images, Kevin Spacey on Superman sequel, Oni Press for April, Avatar Press for April, Smallville and Heroes.

* Monday, January 22: Invincible Iron Man's Marc Worden, Markosia named editor-in-chief, Image Comics' Unravel, Dark Horse First Looks and Battlestar Galactics.

* Sunday, January 21: BlueWater Productions self-publishers, First Looks and HeroClix's Fin Fang Foom.

* Saturday, January 20: Spider-Man 3, Ghost Rider and Spawn.

* Friday, January 19: Smallville, Boom! Studios for April, Fathom: Kiani, 300 and Family Guy.

* Thursday, January 18: Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes, Devil's Due Publishing for April, Image First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 17: Legion of Super Heroes' James Tucker, Image Comics for April, Iron Man's Gwyneth Paltrow, Heroes, Smallville and 300.

* Tuesday, January 16: Marvel Comics for April, Marvel First Looks, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, 2006 sales and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, January 15: DC Comics for April, Archie Comics for April, Doctor Strange animated movie, December sales, Image Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Painkiller Jane.

* Sunday, January 14: Legion of Super Heroes, DC Comics for April preview and Marvel First Looks.

* Saturday, January 13: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Flash Gordon and Heroic Publishing roundup.

* Friday, January 12: Fantastic Four animated, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, January 11: Painkiller Jane, Legion of Super Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 10: Halle Berry talks X-Men 4, Smallville, Marvel First Looks and Civil War collections.

* Tuesday, January 9: Dark Horse Comics for April, Civil War #7 delayed, Smallville, Marvel First Looks and IDW Publishing's Tank Girl.

* Monday, January 8: Smallville's Erica Durance, Painkiller Jane, Bloodrayne one-shot and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, January 7: Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks and Masterpiece Comics' Wild Boys.

* Saturday, January 6: Aspen Comics for April, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica.




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