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At age 58, Ron Perlman probably doesn't have too many action movies left in the tank. However, he would like another spin as Hellboy following Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

"I hope there's one more," Perlman said during the recent New York Comic Con. "Guillermo (del Toro, writer/director) has a great idea how to end the trilogy, which is very powerful and it would be a really cool addition to what is great about the movie franchise's intergrity."

Perlman is enthused for a third film after wrapping the sequel, which is due in theaters on July 11 from Universal Pictures.

"It's another example of the unique and unbelieveably, highly articulated imagination of Guillermo del Toro," Perlman said. "I couldn't possibly begin to describe it any more than just that this is stuff you have to go see. It can't be described. His mind was made to make movies."

In other Hellboy news, below are preview pages from Hellboy II: The Art of the Movie, a 224-page book that Dark Horse Comics has scheduled for release on May 21.

The book features del Toro's complete screenplay (including a deleted scene), as well as concept art, diary sketches and photos.

Click on the thumbnails for larger images and look for more Hellboy news soon here in The Continuum.


Platinum Studios, Top Cow Productions and Arclight Films collectively announced early plans for the Witchblade feature film on Monday, including a possible early fall production start.

According to a press release:

"It is anticipated that the film would be shot on location in Australia. The exact story line and nature of the script is being kept under wraps but will stay true to the Witchblade mythology which centers around an ornate, jewel-encrusted gauntlet that gives superpowers to the wearer, a chosen female bearer of each generation, who possess it."

"Witchblade is one of the premier comic-book titles in the world," said Gary Hamilton, CEO of Arclight. "This property is the cornerstone of our upcoming production and sales slate and we hope to be able to start production in September 2008."

According to sources, the film's director will likely be announced this month, perhaps as early as this week. Witchblade's star likely will be formally introduced at Comic-Con International.

Hamilton, Nigel Odell, head of Arclight's production operations, Platinum Studios' CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Steve Squillante of Havenwood Media are all set to produce. Top Cow's CEO Marc Silvestri and President Matt Hawkins would serve as executive producers as would Platinum Studios' Rich Marincic. Former Universal Pictures senior executive Randy Greenberg of the Greenberg Group, who helped negotiate the deal with Platinum Studios General Counsel, Helene Pretsky, would also executive produce.

"In my opinion, Witchblade is one of the finest comic book properties yet to be made into a full length feature film," said Platinum Studios' Rosenberg. "'I believe that Witchblade's fantastic origin, intriguing mystery and wonderful story should satisfy the core audience while giving all moviegoers an amazing ride."

"We have been looking for the right opportunity to bring Witchblade to the big screen," Silvestri said. "We are fortunate to have production partners who value the story and the characters so much and have a shared vision."


Warner Bros. has released the trailer for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie.

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Bluewater Productions has released its solicitations for September.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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For covers and four- to five-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on May 14, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Project Superpowers #3, Zorro #3, Brothers in Arms #1, Red Sonja #33 and Army of Darkness: Home Sweet Hell #9.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on May 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on May 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on May 14, CLICK HERE.

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For covers and five-page previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on May 14, CLICK HERE.

Titles include North Wind #5 and Warhammer: Condemned by Fire #1.

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Archie Comics has announced an August 13 release for Katy Keene Special #1, a 112-page trade paperback.

The book collects Andrew Pepoy's work on the character from Archie & Friends #101-110 and will also include a new story by Pepoy that charts Katy's whirlwind career.

The book will cost $10.95.

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Marvel Comics on Monday released a teaser image for its upcoming Ultimate Origins mini-series.

The five-issue mini-series, by Brian Michael Bendis and Butch Guice, launches on June 4.

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In other Marvel news:

* The publisher has has released the variant cover image by Marko Djurdjevic to The Eternals #1.

The issue will be on sale on June 4. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen 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.


* The Comic-Con International Magazine provides a first look at Samuel L. Jackson in costume as The Octopus from The Spirit movie.

During The Continuum's trip to The Spirit set in New Mexico, director Frank Miller said Jackson was his first and only for The Octopus, whose face was never seen in the comic.

"I knew we couldn't get away with two hours of a guy whose face wouldn't be on the screen," Miller said. "So I thought, who would be the perfect nemesis of The Spirit? And Sam Jackson came mind. It seems to me he's always had a part like this inside of him waiting to get out."

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* Bruce Wayne will again be driving a Lamborghini in The Dark Knight, the automaker has announced.

In the film, Christian Bale's character will drive a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, shown to the right. Wayne drove a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster in Batman Begins.

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* The Sunday, June 1 episode of Fox's Family Guy will be a repeat of "McStroke," guest-starring Ricardo Montalban.

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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.

* Wednesday, May 7: Smallville, The Spectacular Spider-Man, World of Quest, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Simpsons, Image Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Dabel Brothers First Looks.

* Tuesday, May 6: Iron Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Simpsons, Marvel's Secret Invasion, MTV Movie Awards, First Looks and Aspen Comics for July.

* Monday, May 5: Iron Man sequel, Avengers films, Smallville, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Virgin Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks. Family Guy on - Shop now!

* Sunday, May 4: Iron Man box office and Battlestar Galactica.

* Saturday, May 3: Iron Man, Family Guy and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, May 2: Iron Man's Jeff Bridges, Michael Rosenbaum exits Smallville, Batman Gotham Knight's Alan Burnett, The Middleman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel First Looks and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Thursday, May 1: Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr. and Leslie Bibb, Spectacular Spider-Man's Peter MacNicol, The Batman and Legion get Emmy nominations, Image First Looks, Moonstone Books for August, Archie Comics First Looks and DC Universe 0 second printing.

* Wednesday, April 30: The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man's Terrence Howard and First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 29: Iron Man's Jon Favreau, IDW Publishing's Galaxy Quest, IDW collects Love and Capes, Devil's Due's Drafted and First Looks.

* Monday, April 28: Iron Man's Gwyneth Paltrow, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smallville and First Looks.

* Sunday, April 27: Iron Man and Smallville.

* 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.

* 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.

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