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MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009

DC COMICS FOR NOVEMBER

DC Comics has released its solicitations for November.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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



KICK-ASS MOVIE AT LIONSGATE

Following successful previews at Comic-Con International and Chicago Comic-Con, Lionsgate has acquired the domestic rights to the Kick-Ass movie, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Sources have confirmed for The Continuum that a wide release is planned for next year, possibly late in the summer. The film is currently in post-production.

Kick-Ass was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who privately financed the production through his Marv Films and Plan B Entertainment. According to Millar, the preview in San Diego helped generate interest that led to the deal.

"Making and financing Kick-Ass has been an amazing experience, and we've had two important goals from the start: make a singularly entertaining film and find the right studio to release it," Vaughn said. "With Lionsgate, I know that I've got a supportive and fearless team behind me. It's going to be fun working together to bring the film to audiences and those who are already fans of the comic book."

Said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions: "Matthew Vaughn is an amazing talent and a true original, and he has brought a whole new mindset to the action genre with Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass redefines the boundaries in terms of humor, action, story, character and tone -- it's the kind of movie that reminds us of why we go to the movies in the first place. Lionsgate is thrilled to bring Kick-Ass home to give it the next-generation launching pad it deserves."

The film stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage.

Here's how Lionsgate describes the movie:

"Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

"His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). "

For coverage of the Mark Millar/Kick-Ass panel at Chicago Comic-Con, CLICK HERE.

For coverage of the Kick-Ass panel at Comic-Con International, CLICK HERE.

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SPIDER-MAN ROUNDUP

Marvel Comics has announced that Spider-Man will return as a featured balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday, Nov. 26.

The parade will be televised on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon and draws more than 3.5 spectactors in Manhattan.

The new Spider-Man balloon -- which will feature a classic web-slinging pose with a more modern look than the previous version, retired in 1998 -- will be part of the parade through 2011.

In other Spider-Man news, according to Variety, Sony Pictures has enlisted James Vanderbilt to work on Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6 scripts.

Vanderbilt was the first writer on Spider-Man 4, which has since gone through rewrites by David Lindsay-Abaire and Gary Ross and is expected to begin production early next year.

Director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will be back for Spider-Man 4, but their involvement beyond that is unclear.

According to the report, the upcoming storylines in the Spider-Man films will be interconnected.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

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

Titles include Amazing Spider-Man #603 and Spider-Woman #1.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

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ARCHAIA COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For cover and eight-page preview of Days Missing #1 from Archaia Comics, CLICK HERE.

For previews of IDW Publishing titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

For previews of BOOM! Studios titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Top Cow Productions titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Red 5 Comics titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Bluewater Productions titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For cover and six-page preview of Superman/Batman #63 from DC Comics, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on August 19, CLICK HERE.

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UDON ENTERTAINMENT FIRST LOOKS

For cover and seven-page preview of The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from UDON Entertainment, CLICK HERE.

Look for more UDON news soon here in The Continuum.



OCTOBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* BOOM! Studios.

* DC Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.



BRIEFLY

* To the right is a look at the box art for Justice League: The Complete Series, a 15-disc collection from Warner Home Video due in stores on Nov. 11.

Superman: The Complete Animated Series will be released on Nov. 24.

* John Rozum's Midnight, Mass. -- published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint -- has been picked up by NBC as a live-action series with a script commitment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are producing for Warner Bros. Television.

* Syfy has announced that comedian Patton Oswalt will guest-star on Caprica, which will premiere on Jan. 22. Oswalt will play the role of Baxter Sarno, the wildly popular Caprican comedian talk show host on whose show Daniel and Amanda Graystone (Eric Stoltz and Paula Malcomson) ultimately appear.

* DC Comics' Power Girl will skip a month in November, but will return with #7 in December.



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

If you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, following are links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, August 12: Heroes, The Darkness, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 11: Dark Horse Comics for November, Heroes, The Simpsons, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archaia Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, August 10: IDW Publishing First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Teen Choice winners and X-Men panel at Chicaco Comic-Con.

* Sunday, August 9: IDW Publishing for October.

* Saturday, August 8: From Chicago Comic-Con -- Mondo Marvel, Aspen Comics and Mark Millar.

* Friday, August 7: Marvel Comics Ultimate panel at Chicago Comic-Con, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and Losers movie.

* Thursday, August 6: Bluewater Productions for November and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 5: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Archie Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Radical Publishing's Oblivion.

* Tuesday, August 4: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Comics roundup, Top Cow Productions for October, Archie Comics' Pureheart and Archaia Comics.

* Monday, August 3: Female Force: Stephenie Meyer, Smallivlle, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Bluewatr Productions First Looks.

* Sunday, August 2: Human Target's Mark Valley, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Locke & Key's Joe Hill.

* Saturday, August 1: Smallville's Callum Blue, Iron Man 2's Jon Favreau, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and G.I. Joe's Larry Hama.

* Friday, July 31: BOOM! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, July 30: Smallville's Cassidy Freeman, Iron Man 2's Don Cheadle, Aspen Comics for October, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Wolverine and the X-Men, Archie Comics' Mike Pellerito, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 29: Smallville's Erica Durance, Iron Man 2's Robert Downey Jr., BOOM! Studios for October, Devil's Due Publishing for October, Zenescope Entertainment for October, Wolverine and the X-Men and Astro Boy's Freddie Highmore.

* Tuesday, July 28: Marvel Super Hero Squad, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Dynamite Entertainment for October, Image Comics for October, Red 5 Comics for October, Smallville's Allison Mack, Whiteout trailer, Marvel Comics roundup and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, July 27: From Comic-Con International: Iron Man 2's Scarlett Johansson, Smallville, Jonah Hex, DC Universe, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Adventures' Paul Tobin and IDW Publishing's Legion.

* Sunday, July 26: From Comic-Con International: Jennifer Love Hewitt's The Music Box at IDW Publishing, IDW Publishing' Angel and Oni Press.

* Saturday, July 25: From Comic-Con International: Iron Man 2, Aspen Comics, J.T. Krul talks Mindfield, Marvel anime, Marvel Super Hero Squad, IDW Publishing's Transformers, Astro Boy's Kristen Bell, Darren Bousman to direct Abattoir and Devil's Due Publishing.

* Friday, July 24: From Comic-Con International: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel acqiures Marvelman rights, Marvel Comics' Cup 'O Joe, X-Men, Max Brooks to write G.I. Joe, BOOM! Studios, Kick-Ass movie and Bryan Lee O'Malley; and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, July 23: From Comic-Con International: Mondo Marvel, Len Wiseman to direct Shrapnel, IDW Publishing, Transformers: Nefarious, Billy Martin's Vitriol, Bob Schreck to join IDW, Iron Man 2 and DC Direct; Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 22: Magdalena movie, DC Comics First Looks, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 21: Marvel Comics for October, Marvel Comics roundup, Disney's Prince of Persia and BOOM! Studios First Looks.

* Monday, July 20: DC Comics for October, Archie Comics for October, 12 Gauge's Trace Adkins comic, Image United preivew, DC Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, July 19: Aspen Comics First Looks and Marvel animation.

* Saturday, July 18: Top Cow Productions First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.



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