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KYLE MACLACHLAN IN JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER

Kyle MacLachlan is providing the voice of Superman in Justice League: The New Frontier, the direct-to-video animated movie based on Darwyn Cooke's DC Comics series.

MacLachlan, 48, is perhaps best known from Twin Peaks and as Orson Hodge on Desperate Housewives. His dozens of credits also included Sex and the City, Showgirls and The Doors.

Warner Bros. Animation is not commenting on any casting for any of its direct-to-DVD films based on DC properties.

However, some information might be forthcoming at Wonder Con in San Francisco on Saturday at the DC Universe: Super Heroes Go DVD panel, which will feature Warner's Bruce Timm and DC's Dan DiDio and Gregory Noveck.

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SPIDER-MAN 3 ON HEROES

Columbia Pictures, in anticipation of the release of Spider-Man 3 on May 4, will air an exclusive one-minute clip from the film during the broadcast of a cliffhanger episode of NBC's top-rated new show Heroes on Monday, then premiere seven and one half minutes from the film online, exclusively on NBC.com, for 24 hours.

As Heroes moves towards the conclusion of its second story arc of its first season, viewers of the show and Spider-Man fans will get a look at Spider-Man 3 with a brand-new 60-second clip from the movie that contains a cliffhanger of its own.

Then, immediately following the broadcast, viewers can go online to catch the premiere of a revealing 7-1/2 minute film sequence that is streamed in high definition at NBC.com.

"Heroes and Spider-Man both share a common theme: everyday people and how they deal with finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances," said Valerie Van Galder, President of Domestic Marketing for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. "Because of that, this is a great programming marriage -- it makes for a night of event television and a rare opportunity to see a scene from one of the summer's most highly anticipated movies. We couldn't be more excited to unveil seven and one half minutes of the movie to help whet the appetites of Spider-Man fans everywhere."

"We're so pleased to be teaming up with Columbia Pictures to present our audience with such an exciting event," said Vivi Zigler, Executive Vice President, NBC Digital Entertainment and New Media. "This partnership not only gives our users an exclusive sneak-peek at Spider-Man 3 -- a film they will undoubtedly want to see -- but also increases the richness of their experience by allowing them to stream it in HD, a first for NBC.com."

Look for more Spider-Man 3 news on Friday and throughout the weekend here in The Continuum.



THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ON KIDS' WB!

Kids' WB! announced on Thursday that the new Spider-Man anminated series, produced by Culver Entertaiment, will be on the network in early 2008.

Tentatively titled The Amazing Spider-Man, the new series' crew includes supervising producer Greg Weisman and producer/superivising director Victor Cook.

"The addition of Spider-Man bolsters a lineup that has proved to be the Saturday morning destination for kids seeking action and adventure in the most amped-up ways," said Betsy McGowen, Kids' WB! senior vice-president and generagal manager. "We're ecstatic to welcome Spider-Man to our popular cavalcade of super heroes.˛

"Spider-Man is such an important brand for Sony Pictures and we're thrilled to keep the momentum going by taking it back to television with an animated series on Kids' WB!," said Zack Van Amburg, Sony Pictures Television co-president. "It's also an excellent way to launch Culver Entertainment, our newest television company."

Here's how the network decribes the show:

"Riding the crest of Sony's anticipated summer blockbuster Spider-Man 3, the new animated series picks up the original web-slingeršs mythology at the beginning of his herošs journey -- as a not-so-typical 16-year-old entering his junior year of high school. Having spent the summer engaging common criminals with his new-found powers, Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity while engaging a new level of terror -- the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life at home and school while combating bigger, badder super-villains in the real world."

"Our goal is to reinterpret these great characters and concepts for our millennium," Weisman said. "We'll have plenty of resonant material for the Spider-Man fan, while engaging the Spider-Man novice with the same thrills we experienced when we were first exposed to the character. Our stories will appeal on multiple levels with plenty of eye-candy, action, humor and colorful characters for the youngest demographic balanced with extensive character development for 'tweens, teens and adults."

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THE BATMAN: "RUMORS"

Alan Burnett, executive producer of Kids' WB!'s The Batman, revealed that this Saturday's episode, "Rumors," was originally intended to feature another character.

"We wanted to do a Hush story, but I think DC wanted us to stay away from him for a little while, so this story turned into a villain whose name is Rumor," Burnett said. "He's a guy who's trying to clean up Gotham even more than Batman is. Trying to clear up Gotham to the point of homicidal activity. So he has to be stopped."

Ron Perlman, who earlier played Killer Croc, returns to The Batman to voice Rumor in the episode.

Here's how the episode, which also features The Penguin and Catwoman, is described:

"A new vigilante, one playing for keeps, comes to Gotham, with his sights set on taking down the cityšs major villains permanently. Now Batman finds himself in the unusual position of having to protect some of his greatest enemies from this deadly threat."



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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 23: Justice League: The New Frontier, Smallville and from New York Comic Con -- DC Nation, Vertigo, World War Hulk and Civil War: The Initiative panels.

* Friday, February 23: 300's Gerard Butler, Justice League movie, Avatar Press for May, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First looks.

* Thursday, February 22: The Batman, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, February 21: Legion of Super Heroes, Image First Looks and Marvel solicitations update.

* Tuesday, February 20: The Batman, DC Comics' Countdown, Oni Press for May, Dynamite First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, February 19: Painkiller Jane, Mark Steven Johnson talks Ghost Rider box office, Marvel First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and Inkworks.

* Sunday, February 18: Ghost Rider box office, and Marvel and DC panels at MegaCon.

* Saturday, February 17: Ghost Rider box office, George Perez at MegaCon, First Looks and January sales.

* Friday, February 16: Ghost Rider, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment for May, The Batman and Family Guy.

* Thursday, February 15: Image Comics for May, 300, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Archie Comics for May and Zero-G.

* Wednesday, February 14: Ghost Rider's Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes, Devil's Due Publishing for May, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Red 5 Comics.

* Tuesday, February 13: Marvel Comics for May, Lynda Carter on Smallville, Battlestar Galactica renewed, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer toys, Fallen Angel, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Action Comics and Heroes.

* Monday, February 12: DC Comics for May, Smallville's Miles Millar and Al Gough, Zack Snyder talks Watchmen movie and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Sunday, February 11: DC Comics for May preview, The Simpsons Toys and Wanted movie.

* Saturday, February 10: Battlestar Galactica, Ocean movie?, Zen's 20th anniversary and First Looks.

* Friday, February 9: Ghost Rider, Heroes, The Batman, First Looks and Smallville.

* Thursday, February 8: New seasons for Legion of Super Heroes and The Batman, Marvel Comics First Looks and Whiteout movie.

* Wednesday, February 7: 300, The Boys at Dynamite Entertainment, First Looks and World of Warcraft action figures.

* Tuesday, February 6: Dark Horse Comics for May, Aspen Comics for May, Jeff Bridges joins Iron Man movie, DC Comics First Looks, Black Panther and 300's Gerard Butler.

* Monday, February 5: Painkiller Jane, Spider-Man 3, Shawn Levy to direct The Flash, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Sunday, February 4: IDW Publishing for May, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Heroes.

* 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.




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