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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2007

THE DARK KNIGHT, WHITEOUT IMAGES

As part of its 2008 preview, Warner Bros. has released new images from The Dark Knight and Whiteout movies.

The Dark Knight images show Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Christopher Nolan returns from Batman Begins to direct the film, which is scheduled for a July 18 release.

The Whiteout images show Kate Beckinsale as Carrie, Gabrile Macht as Pryce and Columbus Short as Delfy. Macht is also starring in Lionsgate's The Spirit.

The film, directed by Dominic Sena, is based on the Oni Press comic book by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber.

Warner Bros. has yet to announce a release date for Whiteout.

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SMALLVILLE'S LAURA VANDERVOORT

Laura Vandervoort, who plays Kara on The CW's Smallville, told The Continuum she is on board for 14 episodes -- Writer's Guild strike resolution permitting -- for this season and she would be happy to return for a Season 8 of the series.

The Continuum caught up with Vandervoort at the recent Wizard World Texas, where she was making her first convention appearance since being introduced as a cast member at Comic-Con International.

To read the one-on-one interview, CLICK HERE.

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JUGHEAD'S NEW LOOK

Following the recent "Bad Boy Trouble" story that gave Betty and Veronica a new look, Archie Comics on Monday announced it is giving Jughead a similar treatment.

The story will run in Jughead's Double Digest #139-#142 and will feature art by Joe Staton.

Archie stressed that the new look will be only for this story and that other stories in Jughead's Double Digest will be in the traditional style.

Click on the thumbnails above for larger looks of the covers for the story, titled "The Matchmakers."

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WITCHBLADE ANIME/MANGA

The Witchblade anime series will premiere on Independent Film Channel on Friday, Jan. 4 at 11:30 p.m.

The cable network will air all 24 episodes from the first season of the show, which previously aired in Japan and has been released on DVD by FUNimation.

For synopses for the first four episodes, CLICK HERE.

In related news, Top Cow has released the cover image to February's Witchblade Takeru Manga #12, the over-sized conclusion of the first joint manga production between GONZO and Top Cow. The series tells the tale of Witchblade bearer Takeru as she struggles to controls the new found weapon while defending herself against demons and foreign governments that seek to control it.

Witchblade Takeru Manga was originally serialized in the Japanese magazine Champion Red and written by Witchblade Anime head writer Yasuko Kobayashi and illustrated by Kazasa Sumita. For the U.S. release, the artist and original publisher gave their blessing to have the entire series re-printed at American comic size, flipped to read left to right, and re-colored by Top Cow colorist Blond.

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ROGER STERN TALKS JLA: CLASSIFIED

Roger Stern is writing Justice Leagues from two eras in his upcoming JLA: Classified story from DC Comics.

The Continuum talked to Stern at the recent Mid-Ohio-Con about the five-issue arc, which is drawn by John Byrne. To read the feature story, CLICK HERE.

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I AM LEGEND'S WILL SMITH

The Continuum today continues its series of reports on I Am Legend with a press conference with the movie's star, Will Smith.

For an edited transcription, CLICK HERE.

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UDON'S NEW STREET FIGHTER TITLES

UDON Entertainment announced three Street Fighter titles at the 2007 New York Anime Festival over the weekend.

Street Fighter II Turbo is a 12-issue maxi-series continuing the core story of UDON's Street Fighter universe. Featuring the art of Chamba, the story pits the World Warriors against each other in an epic tournament-style slugfest.

Artist Omar Dogan follows his run on the Sakura mini-series with Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li. The four-issue mini-series focuses on a young Chun-Li, revealing how she grew up to become the world's most famous female fighter.

Joe Ng is the artist of Street Fighter III: New Generation. This six-issue series will explore the new characters introduced in the Street Fighter III video games and will also show readers for the first time what classic characters like Guile, Sakura and others are up to during the SF3 era.

In addition to Street Fighter, UDON announced it is "diving back into other publishing projects" in 2008. The studio will be expanding its Capcom Manga line with several new titles, including Onimusha: Twilight of Desire and Devil Kings Basara. More Capcom art books will include Onimusha Dawn of Dreams: Official Complete Works and the Darkstalkers Graphic File.

UDON is also kicking its Korean Manhwa line into high gear with new titles, including Daring Students' Association, Dear Waltz, Reading Club, Evyione and Chronicles of the Grim Peddler.

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FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Bat Lash #1 from DC Comics, Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope Photo Comic from Dark Horse Comics and Ultimates 3 #2 from Marvel Comics.

For covers and previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Dec. 12, CLICK HERE.

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FEBRUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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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BRIEFLY

* Funko will release 7-inch Wacky Wobblers based on the Iron Man and Incredible Hulk movies next spring.

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* Marvel Comics has released the variant cover image by Gabriele Dell'Otto for Ultimate Iron Man II #1, which goes on sale on Wednesday.

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* Hasbro has unveiled the Ultimate Wolverine Blue Variant, which will be exclusive through Diamond Select Toys.

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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.

* Wednesday, December 5: Wanted on June 27, I Am Legend, Marvel press conference: Dan Slott, Smallville, Swamp Thing, Doctor Who and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 4: The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Smallville, 10th Muse optioned, Dabel Brothers roundup and First Look.

* Monday, December 3: Heroes, Hulk, BlueWater Productions for March, Moonstone Books for March, First Looks, Alex Simmons at Archie Comics and Image Comics' Gutwrencher.

* Sunday, December 2: Heroes' Kristen Bell and First Looks. PokeOrder.com, World's Largest Trading Card Store

* 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.

* 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.




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