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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008


Marvel Comics' solicitations for October -- and much more!


DC Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

For a rundown of DC Direct products, with images, CLICK HERE.

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The Dark Knight's record-setting performance at the box office was even better than originally estimated.

The Batman sequel's official tally for its opening weekend was $158.3 million, topping Spider-Man 3's $151.1 million for the top three-day weekend haul.

That's $3 million more than weekend estimates released on Sunday.

The Dark Knight also set IMAX records, with $6.2 million over the weekend coming from IMAX screenings. The film played in a record 4,366 theaters overall.

According to MSNBC, Spider-Man 3 wasn't totally outperformed by The Dark Knight. Spider-Man 3 sold some 20,000 more tickets in its first weekend.



Archie Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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Actor Djimon Hounsou, whose credits include Papa Midnite in Constantine, is teaming with Dynamite Entertainment for a feature film based on the Thulsa Doom character.

Dynamite's Nick Barrucci, who will be a producer, confirmed the deal, which also will feature Thulsa Doom in a comic-book series next year.

"Thulsa has a rich history which we plan on exploring and presenting," Barrucci told The Continuum. "Some villains, like the Joker, are mainly created to be the flip side of their arch-nemesis, in the Jokerıs case, the Batman. Some villains, have many layers to see the road traveled to make them what they are. This is the case of Thulsa Doom.

"Thulsa is closer to Darth Vader than to The Joker. There are many layers to Thulsa, and we will be revealing them in the film and in the comics to come. Djimon is the actor who gets it. He understands and is working hand in hand with us on how to develop Thulsa as not only a single feature, but if possible, a series of features. There's many stories to tell, and Djimon is the right person to take lead on these stories. This is a journey, and who knows, maybe the journey's finale has not been written yet?"

Hounsou will star in and produce the movie. Arthur Lieberman and Luke Lieberman, who are also working on the Red Sonja movie, will also produce Thulsa doom.

The new fllm will mark the second time Thulsa Doom has appeared in a movie. James Earl Jones portrayed the character in 1982's Conan the Barbarian.


Sci Fi Channel has released three images from the "Pilot" episode of Caprica, its upcoming prequel to Battlestar Galactica.

Here's how Sci Fi describes the series:

"Set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families -- the Graystones and the Adamas. Bound together by tragedy, their ensuing struggle will determine the fate of the 12 Colonies.

"Caprica is a society rife with advanced technology. Little do they know they are trembling on the brink of the creation of the first cybernetic life-form node, or CYLON.

"Passion, intrigue and betrayal set the stage for the coming revolution.

"The Graystones and Adamas come from different cultures and wildly different socio-economic backgrounds. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) is a computer genius and the leading businessman of the 12 Colonies. His wife, Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcolmson) is an elite neurosurgeon. Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) is an immigrant, a lawyer with ties to the mob, and a father who is desperate to reconnect with his estranged son, William (Sina Najafi).

"Their bitter rivalry will bring the end of life as they know it.

"Their children are the future."

Additionally, the network has released images of the Caprica cast from the NBC Universal Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday.

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BloodFire Studios has announced comic-book veteran Len Wein as its new editor-in-chief.

"I have had a lifelong love affair with the comics medium, and been fortunate enough to be able to turn many of my dreams into reality," Wein said. "The amazing creative crew at BloodFire Studios shares my enthusiasm and my passion for the artform and I look forward to helping them to create newer and even more extraordinary dreams and bring them to a contemporary audience. Hang on tight, people. This is going to be one heck of a ride."

Dennis Greenhill will be taking a new executive position within the company after 10 years as E-I-C.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn from a legend," Greenhill said. "BloodFire Studios has always been on the cutting edge of the industry, but there are certain limitations that are difficult for small companies to overcome. Len has an insight and experience that will take BloodFire Studios to the next level."

Wein will be an integral part of BloodFire Studiosı 2009 expansion of its comics line, as well as leading a new advisory board "to help push the creative edge of the company's new projects and existing titles."

Wein has served as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, Top Cow Productions and Disney Comics and was a senior edtior at DC Comics. He has ben involved in the creations of such characters as Wolverine and Swamp Thing.

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For covers and four- to eight-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on July 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Broken Trinity #1, War Heroes #1 and Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts.

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For covers and four- to eight-page previews of upcoming DC Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include MAD #492, Two-Face Year One #1, The X-Files #0, New Dynamix #4, The Authority #1, Air #1 and Wildcats #2.


Tom Kane is providing the voices of Ultron and Iron Man/Tony Stark in The Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, the animated movie from Lionsgate/Marvel.

Kane is also providing the voice of Magneto in Nicktoon's Wolverine and the X-Men series and Yoda in Cartoon Network/TNT's Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Here's how Lionsgate describes Next Avengers, which will be released in stores on Sept. 2:

"The new film introduces a younger generation of heroes: orphans bound only by their parents' former alliance known as The Avengers. Fostered by the misbehaved billionaire bachelor Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), four amazing teenagers with lineage to some of the most revered heroes of all time including Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Black Panther, Wasp and Giant Man suddenly find themselves the earthıs only hope in stopping a deadly foe. With the help of Marvel juggernaut The Incredible Hulk, the team will hone their powers and go head to head with the very enemy responsible for their parentsı demise."

And this is the official synopsis:

"Whenever the forces of evil threatened mankind, Earth's mightiest heroes the Avengers were there to stop them -- until they made the ultimate sacrifice in their final fight with the indestructible robot, Ultron. But all was not lost for Tony Stark (Iron Man) kept the children of the Avengers safe and raised them to become the teenage heroes of tomorrow. Now James (Son of Captain America and Black Widow), Torunn (Daughter of Thor), Azari (Son of the Black Panther) and Pym (Son of Wasp and Giant Man) must finish the fight their parents started. Soon the arrow-slinging son of Hawkeye will join their ranks but it will take more than five teens to destroy the machine that defeated their parents. If these young heroes have any hope of winning they must find the missing Hulk and come together as... the Next Avengers!"

The film will be screened at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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* NBC has released the second webisode for Heroes. In part two, "The House Guest," mailman Echo DeMille delivers a message to The Company -- and The Constrictor hears it loud and clear.

* Alex Ross will debut his 2008 Sketchbook and a Barack Obama lithograph at Comic-Con International in San Diego this week.

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* According to a press release from The CW, the season premiere of Smallville will be on Thursday, Sept. 18. During a recent repeat of Smallville, the network had announced a different date (Oct. 2) for the premiere.

* Toon Disney will show a marathon of five Spider-Man animated episodes on Friday at 7 p.m. (ET)/6 p.m. (CT). They will be under the umbrella title of "The Venom Within."

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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, July 16: The Dark Knight's Heath Ledger, World of Quest, The Cleveland Show, Image Comics' Savage, Boom! Studios' Remnant, Zeroids and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 15: The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman, BET's Black Panther and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, July 14: The Dark Knight, Aspen Comics' tribute to Michael Turner, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

* Sunday, July 13: Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Fear Itself.

* Saturday, July 12: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Dark Knight and First Looks. WORLD WIDE SHIPPING!

* Friday, July 11: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks and Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Mike Mignola.

* Thursday, July 10: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Guillermo del Toro, The Dark Knight, Aspen Comics for October, Image Comics First Looks and Watchmen movie.

* Wednesday, July 9: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Ron Perlman, The Dark Knight, Dark Horse Comics for October, The Middleman, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 8: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Luke Goss and Anna Walton, The Dark Knight, Batman Gotham Knight, Fear Itself, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, July 7: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Doug Jones, The Dark Knight, The Middleman, Moonstone Books for October, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Longshot.

* Sunday, July 6: Wanted and The Dark Knight's Morgan Freeman.

* Saturday, July 5: Top Cow Productions First Looks and The Dark Knight.

* Friday, July 4: The Dark Knight's Christian Bale and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, July 3: Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 2: The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Middleman, Archie Comics First Looks and Fear Itself.

* Tuesday, July 1: The Middleman's Natalie Morales, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Monday, June 30: Punisher: War Zone, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and The Middleman.

* Sunday, June 29: Wanted, Vampire Hunter D and The Corps!.

* Saturday, June 28: Michael Turner dies, Wanted box office.

* Friday, June 27: From Wizard World Chicago: Ultimate Universe panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Nation panel and Vertigo panel; plus -- The Dark Knight and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, June 26: Wanted's James McAvoy and Image Comics First Looks.

* 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.

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