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Lionsgate has provided The Continuum the first image of Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle from the Punisher: War Zone movie.

The film, directed by Lexi Alexander, is scheduled for a Sept. 12 release.

Here's how Lionsgate describes the movie:

"Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the 'Punisher Task Force' hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished."

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Dermot Mulroney makes his animated super-hero debut as Green Lantern in "Ring Toss," this Saturday's new episode of The Batman, scheduled to air at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Kids' WB!.

Mulroney, 44, has starred in nearly 60 films and television series, including My Best Friend's Wedding, About Schmidt, The Family Stone and Must Love Dogs. He voiced a character in Bill Plympton's 2007 animated film Hair High in addition to working with voice director Andrea Romano on The Batman.

"It's a really comfortable environment, especially recording with the entire cast and working with the pros -- that was the most fun," Mulroney said of his Batman experience. "It all came pretty natural, but then again, you're really helped through it. It's not like on a film set, where you don't really want the director to give you a line reading. Here, I rely on it. It's a different medium."

In addition to his first recording sessions, Mulroney returned for an ADR session, where he recorded to picture, fixing old dialogue and adding physical sounds for fight sequences.

"Doing all the grunts and groans has its charm, too," Mulroney said. "There are experts here in the studio who know exactly which type of groan goes with which picture, so I pretty much just do what they say. It's too difficult without the expert guidance. (Andrea) knows exactly what the sound is that you make when there's an impact and what's the sound of you throwing a punch, when you're getting blown up or when a ceiling falls on you. That may sound funny to say, but it sounds good in the recording."

Mulroney said he enjoyed the dynamic between Green Lantern and Batman.

"That was my favorite part of the storyline," he said. "With the Justice League, we're talking about a whole league of super heroes -- so how is everybody supposed to get along? They're fighting for the same cause, but there are some personality conflicts. That was a fun part to play."

Dermot's brother and sister-in-law are Kieran and Michelle Mulroney, the screenwriters on the Justice League movie from Warner Bros.

"Kieran and I grew up reading DC comics," he said. "We had a whole system where, once a week, we'd take a trip to the little store that sold the comics. I have a couple of brothers, and we'd all fight over who got which issue. So there's a long history of comics in the family."

Green Lantern follows appearances by Superman, Green Arrow and The Flash this season. Still to come are a Hawkman episode and a two-part season finale featuring the entire League.

The Continuum has learned that Mulroney is returning as Green Lantern for the season finale.

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For covers and two- to five-page previews upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #7 from Marvel Comics and Betty & Veronica Digest #180, Jughead #186, Jughead's Double Digest #136 and Sabrina the Teenage Witch #90 from Archie Comics.

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Dale Keown returns to the series he helped define with The Darkness #3 from Top Cow Productions in February.

Keown will pencil a flashback sequence in the issue, which Top Cow is calling a "turning point" in the series.

The story will detail the origin of Jackie Estacado's relationship with the mysterious Professor Kitchner. That where Keown comes in, spelling series artist Michael Broussard's present-day action when the series steps back in time to New York.

"It's a rare treat to have someone as talented as Dale step in and provide a specially produced flashback for The Darkness," writer Phil Hester said. "It makes perfect sense to have a flashback to Dale's run on the book illustrated by Dale himself. As a fan, I'm thrilled."

Keown continues to work on the Pitt/The Darkness crossover. Two issues are completed and it should be done by the end of 2008, Top Cow's Rob Levin said at the recent Wizard World Texas.

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For previously published solicitations for February, click on the publishers' names below.

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Arcana Studio.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Image Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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* As part of its new midseason lineup, NBC is replacing Heroes with Deal or No Deal on its Monday schedule at 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 7.

Bionic Woman is being replaced on Wednesday nights by Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

* 300 will premiere in February on Cinemax.

* DC Comics has announced that Batman #671, part 4 of the "Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul" storyline, has sold out at DC and is going back to press for a new printing.

Batman #671 Second Printing will feature a new cover by Spanish illustrator Rafael Garres and is scheduled to arrive in stores on Jan. 3.

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* Saturday's Kids' WB! schedule includes "The Sum of His Parts" episode of Teen Titans at 9:30 a.m. and the "Karate Kid" episode of Legion of Super Heroes at 11 a.m.

* BlueWater Productions has announced that Baneberry Creek Academy for Wayward Fairies will be the second title in its H20 all-ages line.

The book, which will launch in May, is created by Darren G. Davis, written by J. Winters and drawn by Brian Hess

Here's how the publisher describes the book:

"Sierra, Gloss, Link, and Iris struggle to find themselves when they start their freshman year of high school at Baneberry Creek Academy for Wayward Fairies. Coming from a public school, their new lives are full of struggles like fitting in, attracting boys, and schoolwork. And if that wasn't hard enough, they learn that they may be the only ones that can stop Tanya, the evil fairy queen, from obtaining an artifact that will give her the power of the Fairy gods. With the help of their housemother, Rhianna, the girls learn their inner strengths, but are seduced by Miss Razz to stay out of Tanya's way. Will the girls learn to work together to defeat Tanya? Or will they allow themselves to be misguided and watch as their world comes crashing down?"


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, December 1: Devil's Due Publishing for February, Archie First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 30: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Ape Entertainment for February and Fantastic Four animated.

* Thursday, November 29: Dynamite Entertainment for February, The Simpsons, Antarctic Press for February, First Looks, Kids' WB! in December and DC Comics second printings.

* Wednesday, November 28: Marvel press conference: Brian Michael Bendis, Legion of Super Heroes, Smallville, Avatar Press for February, Oni Press for February, Markosia Publishing for February and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 27: Justice League: The New Frontier, Blade: The Series DVD, DC Comics roundup, Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios for February, Aspen Comics for February, Arcana Studio for February and Punisher: War Zone movie.

* Monday, November 26: Marvel First Looks, Hulk, Smallville, DC First Looks, IDW Publishing for February, Desperado Publishing for February and Red 5 Comics for February., World's Largest Trading Card Store

* Sunday, November 25: Teen Titans and Mirage Studios for February.

* Saturday, November 24: Groo panel at Mid-Ohio-Con, Bongo Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, November 23: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Thursday, November 22: Comics movies on television and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 21: First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, November 20: Marvel Comics for February and Image Comics for February.

* Monday, November 19: DC Comics for February, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, November 18: From Wizard World Texas -- Scott Porter on Justice League movie, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Top Cow panel, DC Universe panel and Ethan Van Sciver panel.

* Saturday, November 17: The Spirit's Deborah Del Prete, Marvel First Looks and from Wizard World Texas: Greg Pak and DC Nation.

* Friday, November 16: Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Bionic Woman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, November 15: The Spirit's Gabriel Macht, Image First Looks and Transformers animated movie.

* Wednesday, November 14: The Spirit's Frank Miller, Legion of Super Heroes and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 13: Top Cow Productions for February, Brian Reed, First Looks and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

* Monday, November 12: Marvel Comics roundup, Archie Comics for February and First Looks.

* Sunday, November 11: Ghost Rider on Starz and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 10: Beowulf's Neil Gaiman and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 9: Dark Horse Comics for February, Family Guy, Marvel First Looks and Iron Man.

* Thursday, November 8: Image Comics First Looks, Ben 10: Race Against Time and Famiy Guy.

* Wednesday, November 7: Heroes, The Batman, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 6: DC Comics roundup, Marvel Comics roundup, First Looks and Aquaman.

* Monday, November 5: Heroes, Bionic Woman, Marvel animation, Family Guy, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Zenescope Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, November 4: Family Guy and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 3: Smallville, Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, First Looks and Teen Titans.

* Friday, November 2: Marvel First Looks and Steve Ditko book.

* Thursday, November 1: Smallville's Black Canary, Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem, Flash Gordon, First Looks and The Batman.

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