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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007


Fantastic Four is returning to Cartoon Network in June with new episodes, including appearances by Sub-Mariner, Impossible Man, Puppet Master and Doctor Doom.

For a rundown of the four June episodes, with descriptions, CLICK HERE .

Click on the thumbnails to the right for larger first looks at the Sub-Mariner and Impossible Man.

Look for more animation news this week here in The Continuum.


The Continuum continues its series of reports from its visit to the set of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in Vancouver with an interview with screenwriter Don Payne.

Careful not to divulge any story details, Payne talked about his love for Marvel Comics characters, how he handled the sequel, his desire to make Doctor Doom more evil and much more.

To read the interview, which includes several new images from the film, CLICK HERE .

Look for more news on Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on Wednesday here in the Continuum.

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Warner Bros. on Tuesday announced that director Christopher Nolan is filming four sequences in the next installment of Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman franchise, The Dark Knight, with extremely high resolution IMAX cameras using the giant 15/70 film format.

While it is not unique for a feature lensed on traditional 35mm film to be re-mastered to screen in IMAX theatres, this marks the first time that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras.

According to Warner, the marriage of footage filmed with IMAX and 35mm cameras in the final feature will have a major impact on the audience's viewing experience, whether seeing The Dark Knight in an IMAX or traditional theatre. When the scenes shot on IMAX cameras are shown in IMAX theatres, the aspect ratio will morph to 1.43 to 1, expanding the image to fill the entire screen and magnifying the overall effect, both literally and figuratively.

"Warner Bros. has always been committed to advancing the art of filmmaking," said Jeff Robinov, president of production, Warner Bros. "The use of IMAX cameras to film select scenes in an action feature is a great step forward in big-screen entertainment, especially in the talented hands of Christopher Nolan. We can't wait to see the results, and we think audiences will share our excitement when the movie opens on July 18, 2008."

The first of the scenes, including a prologue that introduces Batman's arch-nemesis The Joker, was shot in April, several weeks in advance of the actual start of principal photography.

"In continuing the story of such a great icon I'm thrilled to be able to expand the scope of the film, not just in terms of its story, but in giving Batman and The Joker the largest possible canvas on which to face off," Nolan said. "No existing technology compares with the IMAX format in terms of its ability to throw the audience into the action, and we're very proud and excited to use this technology in a way that no one has before."

The Dark Knight will open day-and-date in IMAX theaters.

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the film:

"Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker."

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SciFi has released four images from "Higher Court," the new episode of Painkiller Jane set to air on Friday, June 1.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"A series of bizarre suicides committed by protected federal witnesses leads the team to a Neuro with the ability to create elaborate hallucinations. The motivation for the crimes, however, sends the team into gray territory; unsure whether this is a Neuro that should be stopped."

"Higher Court" was written by Gillian Horvath and directed by Matt Hastings.

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For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 31, CLICK HERE .

Titles include Daredevil #97, New Avengers: Illuminati #3, New Excalibur #20, Silent War #5, Silver Surfer: Requiem #1, Spider-Man Fairy Tales #1, Ultimate Fantastic Four #42, Wolverine #54 and X-23: Target X #6.

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Avatar Press has released its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted August solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* TwoMorrows Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.


BlueWater Productions has provided The Continuum its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE .

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Moonstone Books has provided The Continuum its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE .

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Heroic Publishing has provided The Continuum its solicitation listing for September.

For the listing, CLICK HERE .


For covers and five-page previews of Devil's Due Publishing titles arriving in stores on May 31, CLICK HERE .

Titles include Chucky #2 and DemonWars #3.

Look for more First Looks on Wednesday here in The Continuum.

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* The Batman returns to single episodes in its 10:30 a.m. time period in June on Kids' WB!.

Upcoming episodes include "Traction" on June 2, "Topsy Turvy" on June 9, "Brawn" on June 16, "Pets" on June 23 and "The Laughing Cats" on June 30.


* Thursday, May 24: Image Comics for June, Image First Looks, Sci Fi's Flash Gordon and DC Comics collections.

* Wednesday, May 23: Top Cow Productions for August, Legion of Super Heroes DVD, BlueWater Productions First Looks and Spider-Man 3.

* Tuesday, May 22: Marvel Comics for August, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Devil's Due Publishing for August.

* Monday, May 21: DC Comics for August, IDW Publishing for August, Archie Comics for August, Aspen Comics for August, First Looks and April sales.

* Sunday, May 20: DC Comics for August preview and Spider-Man 3.

* Saturday, May 19: Spider-Man 3 and DC First Looks.

* Friday, May 18: New Avengers #31, Digital Webbing for August and First Looks.

* Thursday, May 17: Smallville, Thor, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Tomb Raider and The Dark Knight.

* Wednesday, May 16: Doctor Strange movie, The Spirit movie, 300 DVD, Dark Horse First Looks, Top Cow First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 15: Smallville, Super Bad James Dynomite movie, Incredible Hulk and First Looks.

* Monday, May 14: Aspen Comics' Iron and the Maiden, Heroes: Origins, Painkiller Jane, First Looks and Image Comics' PX! Book One.

* Sunday, May 13: Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Cinemax for July, Avatar Press' 2001 Maniacs.

* Saturday, May 12: Spider-Man 3 box office, Devil's Due First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, May 11: Witchblade, Marvel First Looks and HBO in July.

* Thursday, May 10: Image First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Heroes and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, May 9: Dark Horse Comics for August, Spider-Man 3, DC First Looks and Top Cow First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 8: Marvel Movies, First Looks and Desperado Pubishing for August.

* Monday, May 7: Spider-Man 3, Painkiller Jane, First Looks, Mirage Studios for August and World War Hulk.

* Sunday, May 6: Spider-Man 3 and Heroes.

* Saturday, May 5: Spider-Man 3, The Batman, The Simpsons and Heroic Publishing for August.

* Friday, May 4: Spider-Man 3's James Franco, Liv Tyler cast in Incredible Hulk, Marvel First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, May 3: Spider-Man 3's Thomas Haden Church, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks and Superman Returns on Cinemax.

* Wednesday, May 2: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Spawn Animated DVD, TwoMorrows Publishing for August, IDW's The Claws Come Out.

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