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MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008


Will the Dark Knight return?

The Batman movie franchise seems to be as healthy as ever with the July 18 release of The Dark Knight, but the current series' key figures remain non-committal to another installment.

"I really have no concept of what I would do next," writer/director Christopher Nolan said Sunday at the film's press junket in Beverly Hills, Calif. "I finished the film last week really. I'm just putting it out there it out there with that sense of anticipation and we'll see what the audience thinks of it.

"What I can say is, in deciding to do a second film, I've seen how few good second films there ever are. We certainly didn't want to hamper ourselves by saving anything for future films. We put everything we could into this film."

Christian Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman, said he is signed for three films, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll play the character again.

"That's up to Chris Nolan. The answer is up to him," Bale said. "He's created this completely, so I hope the choice will be his."

Gary Oldman, who plays James Gordon, said he thinks Nolan will return.

"There's every possibility there will be a third one," he said. "And I think Chris will do a third. If there is a third, I think he'll do it. It's his baby. He's not going to give this up."

Oldman said that Warner Bros. understands the importance of Nolan to the franchise.

"Just the name Batman isn't enough," he said. "You've got to have someone at the helm. You've really got to have a vision for it, and Chris has got that. So I think they will tempt him with all sorts of things."

Writer David Goyer, who has worked with Nolan and his brother Jonathan on the stories for the films, said that Nolan tends to work one film at a time and hasn't discussed plans for a third movie.

"That's not to say we haven't," he said, referring to himself and Jonathan Nolan. "And we're obviously not going to tell."

Goyer also declined comment on any of his other comics-related projects.

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Lionsgate has provided The Continuum with a look at four poster images from the Punisher: War Zone film.

The posters show star Ray Stevenson in various poses with the tagline: "Vengeance Has A Name."

Punisher War Zone opens on Dec. 5

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

Titles include The Boys #20, Army of Darkness: Home Sweet Hell #10, Savage Tales #8 and New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #10.

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Kevin Sorbo, who starred in more than 100 episodes each of syndicated television's Andromeda and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, will be guest-starring in an upcoming episode of ABC Family's The Middleman.

Sorbo is playing a Middleman from 1969 who has been cryogenically frozen. He is called into action when his old nemesis, The Candle, causes problems for the current Middleman.

"Itıs a really interesting role and I love this script, so Iım really excited about it," said Natalie Morales, who plays Wendy Watson.

"I think the villain in this is really, really awesome. ... It has kind of a James Bond feel, this episode, and I think the audience will really dig it."

The episode guest-starring Sorbo will likely be the ninth of the season.

Earlier this year, Sorbo was featured in the 300 spin-off, Meet the Spartans.

Look for much more on The Middleman this week, continuing on Tuesday.


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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Big City Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios .

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

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* Marvel Comics has announced it is collecting the sold-out Guardians of the Galaxy #1 and #2 in Guardians of the Galaxy Must-Have.

The book will be in stores on July 30 and will feature a new cover from interior artist Paul Pelletier.

* Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a Sept. 9 release for The Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard, the first of four collections from the animated series airing on The CW 4Kids.

* Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Selma Blair will be a guest on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, July 7.

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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, June 25: Boom! Studios for September, Dynamite Entertainment for September, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

* Tuesday, June 24: The Middleman, Aspen Comics for September, Wanted and First Looks.

* Monday, June 23: Wanted's Common, Uncanny X-Men, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Radical Publishing for September and Big City Comics for September.

* Sunday, June 22: Oni Press for September, Viper Comics for September, The Incredible Hulk and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

* Saturday, June 21: Smallville's Allison Mack, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Virgin Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Dabel Brothers Productions for September and Fear Itself. Incredible Hulk

* Friday, June 20: Marvel Comics First Looks, Smallville's new villains and Red 5 Comics for September.

* Thursday, June 19: Bongo Comics for September, Aspen Comics First Looks, The Middleman, Batman Gotham Knight, Spike, Devil's Due's Serpo and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, June 18: Image Comics for September, Top Cow Productions for September, IDW Publishing for September, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Teen Choice nominations.

* Tuesday, June 17: Marvel Comics for September, Marvel Comics roundup, Jorge Lucas on The Darkness and DC Comics roundup.

* Monday, June 16: DC Comics for September, Archie Comics for September and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, June 15: Bluewater Productions for October and The Incredible Hulk box office.

* Saturday, June 14: The Incredible Hulk, Batman Gotham Knight, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June 13: Marvel Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, The Incredible Hulk and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Thursday, June 12: The Incredible Hulk, the Middleman, Bluewater Productions' Vincent Price comics, Ultimate Origins and Red movie.

* Wednesday, June 11: The Middleman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Oni Press' Local.

* Tuesday, June 10: The Incredible Hulk's William Hurt, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archer & Armstrong.

* Monday, June 9: The Spirit's Eva Mendes, Viper Comics' horror imprint, The Incredible Hulk, Top Cow Productions First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, June 8: The Middleman and First Looks.

* Saturday, June 7: Wanted's Angelina Jolie, The Middleman, Spawn, Boom! Studios First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Fear Itself.

* Friday, June 6: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, The Incredible Hulk and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

* Thursday, June 5: Dark Horse Comics for September, Batman Gotham Knight's Josh Olson and Top Cow's Starfall.

* Wednesday, June 4: Secret Invasion tie-ins, Wanted, Smallville, The Incredible Hulk, Image Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and IDW Publishing's Andy Schmidt.

* Tuesday, June 3: The Incredible Hulk's Liv Tyler, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Image Comics Firs Looks, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Fear Itself and World of Quest.

* Monday, June 2: Garth Ennis and First Looks.

* Sunday, June 1: Devil's Due Publishing for August and Desperado Publishing.

* Saturday, May 31: From Wizard World Philadelphia -- Marvel's Cup O' Joe, Aspen Comics, Secret Invasion and Dynamite Entertainment panels; Plus -- Antaractic Press for August, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Friday, May 30: From Wizard World Philadelphia -- Spider-Man, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels; Also -- Batman Gotham Knight, The Incredible Hulk and Marvel Comics First Looks.

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