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Almost all of the panel originally scheduled for Spider-Man 3 at Wonder Con on Saturday was devoted to Sony Pictures' animated film Surf's Up. Fans became increasingly restless, and finally a few began to shout "Spider-Man!" before the presentation concluded.

No one from Spider-Man 3 was represented in person on Saturday. Producer Avi Arad was filmed from the lot and introduced a new preview, which he said was cut especially for Wonder Con and would never be seen in that form again.

The preview -- which was shown twice -- certainly was more Venom-centric than anything shown before for Spider-Man 3.

Following are highlights;

* The preview started with, as seen last summer in San Diego, Eddie Brock in church, praying that "I want you to kill Peter Parker."

* There's a new scene of the black-suited Spider-Man swinging through the city and some trains.

* Doctor Connors and Peter are examining a piece of the symbiote, which jumps toward Peter. Connors notes that it seems to like Peter.

* A tagline was changed to a hero must fight "the venom within," which drew cheers.

* Peter is shown fighting to pull the symbiote off in the bell tower and it drips onto Eddie. The snap-shot look at Venom from San Diego and a Fox teaser is then shown.

* The end shows a battle-damaged Spidey -- his costume looking similar to that in Spider-Man after his fight with Green Goblin, with one eye piece removed -- looking around a construction site. He twirls to face the camera, when suddenly Venom's arms yank him up from above and out of frame.

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Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche and James Marsters will topline Superman Doomsday, the first in a series of direct-to-DVD animated movies from Warner Home Video, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation.

The film, to be rated PG-13, will be released on Sept. 18 and cost $19.98, it was announced at a panel at at Wonder Con on Saturday. (Look for complete coverage of the panel on Monday here in The Continuum)

Baldwin will play Superman, Heche will play Lois Lane and Marsters will play Lex Luthor in the film.

Produced by Bruce Timm and written by Duane Capizzi, Superman Doomsday is inspired by DC Comics' "The Death of Superman."

Here's how the story is described:

"When the intergalactic serial killer Doomsday is unearthed, Superman meets the creature head on in the battle to end all battles. Going punch for punch, Superman finally ends the threat of Doomsday as he throws one last punch and collapses forever -- making the ultimate sacrifice to save Metropolis and all those he once loved."

Superman Doomsday will be available exclusively on DVD with collectable packaging as well as more than 70 minutes of extras including:

* The Clash of the Juggernauts: Going on record about the "Death of Superman" will be Paul Levitz and other DC staff as well as comic-book artists. News clippings, reports and first-hand archival testimony from fans will be pieced together in a retrospective way. The featurette will also include a closer look at the dark Superman appearing in The Return of Superman graphic novel.

The Artists Playground...From Art to Sound Design in Superman Doomsday: Producer Timm and his creative team of writers, animators and designers will take us on a journey of character evolution. This documentary will focus on early character concept drawings, final character art, various stages of modeling, storyboards, animatics, layering of colors, voice talent and ultimately final animation.

Justice League: The New Frontier: Sneak peak of the next DC Universe Original Movie.

Defeat Doomsday: Battle Challenge: Battle as Superman to defeat Doomsday in a fast-action, dexterity challenge which lets the users relive the epic battle with unique gameplay inter-cut with footage from the movie.

* Widescreen (1.78:1), 5.1 Dolby Digital.


After spending its first two weeks at the top of the box office, Ghost Rider fell to third place over the weekend. It brought in an estimated $11.5 million.


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.

* Monday, February 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider box office, and New York Comic Con: The Spirit movie panel, Hellboy animated panel, Fox Atomic Comics panel, Brian K. Vaughan panel and Jhnonen Vasquez panel.

* Sunday, February 25: From New York Comic Con: Cup O' Joe panel, DC Universe panel, Virgin Comics teams with Sci Fi Channel.

* Saturday, February 24: 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.

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