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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008


The Continuum continues a series of interviews from last weekend's Iron Man press junket with Jeff Bridges, who plays Obadiah Stane.

For an edited transcription from the roundtable interview, CLICK HERE.

In other Iron Man news:

* Director Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyenth Paltrow appeared on MTV's Total Request Live in New York to promote the film.

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* The syndicated television series Reel Talk this weekend will feature a review of the film, an interview with Favreau and a profile of Stan Lee.

* Iron Man is opening in 4,105 theaters. The Hollywood Reporter is estimating the film will bring in "well north of $70 million" this weekend at the box office.

* Look for more Iron Man news soon here in The Continuum.

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Big changes continue for Season 8 of Smallville. The CW has informed The Continuum that Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor, is leaving the series as a regular and that next season will include two new villains.

The new villains will be Doomsday from the Superman comic books and "a female antagonist who will challenge Clark in ways never before imagined. "

Casting is underway for both roles.

Here's how the network describes the new villains:

* Doomsday: "In season eight, Clark will face his ultimate challenge with the appearance of the legendary, unstoppable destroyer Doomsday, who appears on Smallville for the first time. As comic book fans know, Doomsday is notorious for being the only character in the DC Comics universe to have killed Superman."

*Female villain: "Doomsday won't be Clark's only nemesis in the upcoming season. The executive producers are tight-lipped about a new female villain they will be introducing, but they can say she will be familiar to many fans and will set her sights on Clark in ways Lex never could. Intelligent, brilliantly manipulative, and dangerously sinister, our gorgeous new villain has one more weapon in her arsenal: Her mutual attraction with Clark may prove to be as deadly as kryptonite for him."

Rosenbaum has been a cast member for all seven seasons of Smallville to date. He was also the voice of Flash in Cartoon Network's Justice League/Justice League Unlimited.

A joint statement from Smallville executive producers Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson; The CW Network; and Warner Bros. Television regarding Rosenbaum's departure was released:

"It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Michael for the past six seasons. He is one of the best actors on television and has never failed to bring a new layer to the character of Lex Luthor in every episode. While Michael won't be a series regular and we won't have the pleasure of working with him on a weekly basis this fall, we like to think that we haven't seen the last of Lex Luthor. Stay tuned."

For an open letter from Rosenbaum, CLICK HERE.

Recently, Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar announced they were leaving the series. John Glover's Lionel Luthor has been killed off, and it has been reported that Kristin Kreuk will appear in only a handful of episodes next season.


Animation veteran Alan Burnett continues his 17-year association with Batman this summer as story editor/writer of Batman Gotham Knight.

Burnett is one of six writers for the film, the third in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies.

To read an interview with Burnett and see five total new images from the movie, CLICK HERE.


ABC Family has announced that The Middleman, a one-hour series based on the Viper Comics characters created by writer/producer Javier Grillo-Marxauch, will premiere on Monday, June 16.

Here's how ABC Family describes the show:

"The Middleman follows the surreal life of twenty-something year-old Wendy Watson as she gets recruited by a top secret agency to fight comic book-esque criminals under the guidance of her straight-laced boss, The Middleman."

The Middleman stars Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Mary Pat Gleason, Brit Morgan and Jake Smollett. Thirteen episodes have been ordered.

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"Reaction," this Saturday's new episode of Kids' WB!'s The Spectacular Spider-Man, introduces Doctor Octopus.

To read an interview with Randy Jandt, the episode's writer, CLICK HERE.

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For covers and five- to 10-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include American Dream #1, Cable #3, Foolkiller #5, Franklin Richards: Not-So-Secret Invasion, The Invincible Iron Man #1, Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1, Logan #3, Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness #4, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #39, Mighty Avengers #13, Moon Knight #18, Nova #13, Punisher War Journal #19, Thunderbolts: Reason in Madness, X-Factor: The Quick and The Dead and Young X-Men #2. - More Product. More Exclusives.


For covers and three-page previews of upcoming Dark Horse Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Abe Sapien: The Drowning #4, Buffy the Vampire Hunter #14, B.P.R.D: 1946 #5, The End League #3 and Serenity: Better Days #3.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Avatar Presss.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Comics.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.


* According to sources, movement is happening with the Witchblade feature film. An announcement will likely be made this month.

* Cartoon Network will air The Batman vs. Dracula on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m.

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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, April 26: DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Friday, April 25: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel First Looks, Iron Man movie and Boom! Studios First Looks.

* Thursday, April 24: Iron Man, Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Selma Blair, The Spectaculer Spider-Man's Vanessa Marshall, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 23: Dynamite Entertainment for July, Desperado Publishing for July, Viper Comics for July, First Looks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Simpsons.

* Tuesday, April 22: The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Speed Racer, Smallville, Avatar Press for July, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Virgin and Stan Lee team and Marvel roundup.

* Monday, April 21: Iron Man movie, Boom! Studios for July, First Looks, Family Guy, The Simpsons and from New York Comic Con: Vertigo, Top Cow and Boom! Studios. Free Shipping from!

* Sunday, April 20: From New York Comic Con: Incredible Hulk producers, Marvel's Cop O' Joe and Chesterquest panels; and Red 5 Comics for July.

* Saturday, April 19: From New York Comic Con: The Spirit, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted and Make Mine Marvel panel; Image Comics First Looks, Smallville and Dabel Productions for July.

* Friday, April 18: From New York Comic Con -- DC Nation panel, Secret Invasion panel and Mondo Marvel panel; Marvel First Looks, Image Comics for July, Black Panther animated and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 17: Bongo Comics for July, Oni Press for July, Invincible Iron Man variant and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 16: Platinum Studios' Atlantis Rising optioned, Stan Lee's Legion of 5, Radical Publishing for July, Transformers: Animated in May and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 15: Marvel Comics for July, The Simpsons, DC Comics' Prototype and First Looks.

* Monday, April 14: DC Comics for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Battlestar Galactica.

* Sunday, April 13: Family Guy, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 12: Dark Horse Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, April 11: The Spirit, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Kabillion's Spider-Man.

* Thursday, April 10: Smallville, Batman Gotham Knight, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Comic Book Tattoo and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 9: The Batman: Brave and the Bold's Diedrich Bader, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Bluewater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 8: Top Cow Productions for July, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, April 7: Dark Horse Comics for July, Smallville, Voltron, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Invincible Iron Man, Freshmen and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 6: Iron Man movie and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 5: IDW Publishing for July, DC First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Friday, April 4: The Dark Knight, Speed Racer, Marvel First Looks, Ben Templesmith exclusive to IDW Publishing and Digital Webbing for June.

* Thursday, April 3: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Red 5 First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, April 2: Birds of Prey, Knight Rider, XIII, First Looks and American Flagg.

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