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Warner Bros. released its summer preview press kit on Friday afternoon, including 16 images from The Dark Knight and Speed Racer.

Several of the images have been previously released, but they are all shown here.

The Dark Knight will be in theaters on July 18.

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the film:

"The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan with star Christian Bale, who returns to continue Batman's war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante."

Speed Racer will be in theaters on May.

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the film:

"Born to race cars, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized--the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret‹some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci), Speed teams with his one-time rival -- the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) -- to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible."

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For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Amazing Spider-Girl #19, Avengers Fairy Tales #2, Criminal #2, Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing #3, Fantastic Four #556, Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword #6, The Last Defenders #2, Marvel Adventures Hulk #10, Nova #12, Punisher #56 and Wolverine #64.

For previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on April 9, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Red 5 Comics titles arriving in stores in April, CLICK HERE.


Artist Ben Templesmith, co-creator of 30 Days of Night, has signed an exclusive contract with IDW Publishing.

Templesmith recently relocated to San Diego from his native Perth, Australia, and will create new series for IDW as well as continue to produce miniseries based on his Wormwood Gentleman Corpse.

In August, Templesmith will debut his latest series, Welcome to Hoxford, and, as with Wormwood and his Singularity 7 series, will handle all writing and art duties himself.

Here's how IDW describes Welcome to Hoxford:

"Welcome to Hoxford is a horrific new series that features an unique and terrifying take on werewolves. In the debut issue, Raymond Delgado is the newest inmate at the Hoxford Correctional Facility and Mental Institution. He's has no hope of release, parole, rehabilitation, or decent conversation. On a good day, he'll tell you he's Zeus and only bite your arm off -- literally. On a bad day, you won't have time to scream to the prison guard for help. But Dr Jessica Ainley, his doctor for five years, wants to help Ray and can't understand why the newly privatized, corporately-run prison won't give her access to her patients. And why are people always transferred into Hoxford, but no records show anyone ever transferring back out."

Templesmith will also release The Art of Wormwood in August, the third such art book he has produced.

"I'm incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to continuously work at IDW over the years now and basically have them be the launch pad for anything I've ever wanted to do in comics, so I just saw this as a natural progression and a great chance to be more involved from the ground floor up," Templesmith said.


Digital Webbing has released its solicitations for June.

For the listings, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Big City Comics .

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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* Zenescope Entertainment has announced its exclusives for New York Comic Con on April 18-20: Grimm Fairy Tales #26, Tales from Wonderland: Queen of Hearts and Willow Creek #1.

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* Warner Home Video has released the box art for Birds of the Prey: The Complete Series.

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* Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson have been upped from co-executive producers to executive producers and will serve as showrunners for Season 8 of The CW's Smallville.

They replace Al Gough and Miles Millar, who are leaving the series to focus on feature films.

* Lionsgate has moved the release date of Punisher: War Zone from Sept. 12 to Dec. 5.

* Fox Home Entertainment has announced a June 3 release for Meet the Spartans.

* According to The Hollwywood Reporter, Ving Rhames, Radha Mitchell and Rosamund Pike have joined Bruce Willis in Disney's The Surrogates, based on the Top Shelf graphic novel. The film, under the direction of Jonathan Mostow, is expected to begin production later this month.



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.

* Sunday, March 30: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, March 29: Smallville, DC First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, March 28: Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, March 27: The Batman, Teen Titans, Dark Horse First Looks, Radical Publishing for June and Arcana Studio for June. Hannah Montana Fathead Wall Graphics Rock!

* Wednesday, March 26: Dynamite Entertainment for June, Antarctic Press for June, Desperado Publishing for June, First Looks and Image Comics' Aletheia.

* Tuesday, March 25: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes, Hugh Jackman at Virgin Comics, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Zenescope Entertainment for June and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, March 24: Battlestar Galactica: "Six of One," Avatar Press for June, Red 5 Comics for June, Dabel Brothers Productions for June, First Looks, Image Comics' War Heroes and

* Sunday, March 23: Boom! Studios for June, Big City Comics for June, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, March 22: Marvel First Looks, Viper Comics for June and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on HBO.

* Friday, March 21: Devil's Due Publishing for June and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, March 20: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Y: The Last Man movie, Batman Gotham Knight voices, Oni Press for June, First Looks and The Incredible Hulk video game.

* Wednesday, March 19: Image Comics for June, Bongo Comics for June, IDW's Transformers: All Hail Megatron, SciFi Channel's new projects, First Looks and Transformers: Animated in April.

* Tuesday, March 18: Marvel Comics for June, Top Cow Productions for June, Marvel Comics First Looks, IDW Publishing's Angel plans, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Legion of Super Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, March 17: DC Comics for June, IDW Publishing for June, Archie Comics for June, Sgt. Rock movie and Marvel Studios/FX deal.

* Sunday, March 16: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Mondo Marvel and Avatar Press panels; and DC First Looks.

* Saturday, March 15: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Secret Invasion, X-Men, DC Universe, Lou Ferrigno and Aspen Comics panels.

* Friday, March 14: From Wizard World Los Angeles -- Cup O' Jeph, Spider-Man, DC Nation and Arthur Suydam panels; Universal/Dark Horse deal, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, March 13: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Aspen postpones Soulfire, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, March 12: Incredible Hulk movie, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Moonstone Books for July and First Looks.

* Tuesday, March 11: The Spectacular Spider-Man's Ben Diskin, X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Dominic Monaghan, Legion of Super Heroes, Paramount options Harbinger, First Looks and DC Comics roundup.

* Monday, March 10: Incredible Hulk movie, First Looks, IDW's Snaked optioned and Transformers on Cinemax.

* Sunday, March 9: Dark Horse First Looks, Boom! First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Saturday, March 8: Smallville's James Marsters, Dark Horse Comics for June and First Looks.

* Friday, March 7: Heroes' Eriko Tamura, The Spectacular Spider-Man's Crispin Freeman and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, March 6: Watchmen, Wanted, The Spectacular Spider-Man, First Looks and Image Comics' The Safest Place.

* Wednesday, March 5: The Spectacular Spider-Man's Victor Cook and Archie First Looks.

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