Monday, April 14, 2003

THIS PAGE HAS MOVED!

Go to http://www.dwaynemcduffie.com and click "News."

See you there...

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

UPDATE: STATIC SHOCK GETS 2 EMMY NODS

I finally got my hands on the official credits:

THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 30th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
STATIC SHOCK * KIDS WB
Sander Schwartz, Executive Producer
Jean MacCurdy, Executive Producer
Alan Burnett, Supervising Producer
Scott Jeralds, Producer
Len Uhley, Writer
Christopher Simmons, Writer
Dwayne McDuffie, Writer
Denys Cowan, Director
Joe Sichta, Director
Dave Chlystek, Director
Andrea Romano, Director

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction And Composition
STATIC SHOCK * KIDS WB
RICHARD WOLF, MUSIC DIRECTOR/COMPOSER

The award ceremony is May 10th.

Monday, April 07, 2003



STATIC SHOCK WEEKDAYS IN APRIL!

On the Kids WB, check local listings for your station.

"Gear," Monday Apr 14 at 3:30pm

"She-Bang," Tuesday Apr 15 at 3:30pm

"Showtime," Wednesday Apr 16 at 3:30pm

"Jimmy," Thursday Apr 17 at 3:30pm

"Hard As Nails," Friday Apr 18 at 3:30pm

Sunday, April 06, 2003

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #166



Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze

"Don't Blink" Part 3 of 4. The baby merchant Blink's been inhabiting has been murdered by a guilt-ridden psychopath. Now Blink can do nothing more than watch through the eyes of a child as the maniac threatens to go ballistic!

BATMAN  |  32pg.  |  Color  |  $2.50
Available on Wednesday, April 9th, 2003


Wednesday, April 02, 2003

STATIC SHOCK WEEKDAY AIRINGS IN APRIL!

Kids WB will broadcast episodes of Static Shock the week of April 14-18, at 3:30pm ET/PT. I'll post the episode titles as soon as I find out what they are.
LIL' ROMEO MEETS STATIC SHOCK APRIL 19

Courtesy Toon Zone:

"This month, Static Shock will feature Lil' Romeo making a guest appearance as himself on an upcoming episode. In "Romeo In The Mix," the hip-hop musician joins forces with Static in an attempt to defeat The Leech, a metahuman who is stealing metahuman powers. The episode will air on Saturday, April 19 (10:30am ET/9:30am PT) on Kid's WB!

The music-driven episode also will feature two of Lil' Romeo's songs: "Play Like Us" and "Bring It" from his most recent album, Game Time. Lil' Romeo already heats up the airwaves with his original rap performance of new Static Shock main title theme song, co-written with his father, Master P."

Sunday, March 30, 2003

BOOK SIGNING IN LA

I'll be signing comics next Saturday at my spanking new neighborhood comic store. Some other guys are coming too:


Saturday & Sunday 2pm-6pm*

JOE CASEY (writer WILDCATS 3.0, ADV. SUPERMAN)
TOMM COKER (Vertigo artist, BLOOD & WATER)
FORD GILMORE (writer THUNDERCATS)
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE (creator STATIC SHOCK,
writer BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT)
JEFF PARKER (writer/artist INTERMAN, BATGIRL, ROBIN)
LEN WEIN (writer BATMAN NEVERMORE, SWAMP THING)
DENNIS WOODYARD (writer/producer THUNDERCATS ANIMATED SERIES)
CHUCK AUSTEN (CAPTAIN AMERICA,UNCANNY X-MEN)

*Check back often for exact schedule and added creators!

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I'LL BE APPEARING AT WONDERCON

I'll be there for the whole weekend, April 25-27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I'm tentatively scheduled to appear on an animation panel Saturday at noon. I'll update you with more info when it's confirmed.

Details at the WonderCon home page

Anybody else coming? Maybe we can arrange some kind of get-together.
"NEW" DISCUSSION GROUP

I've resurrected my Delphi Forum as a place for Milestone fans to come interact with each other. We'll discuss STATIC SHOCK, Milestone comics, some of my other projects (including JUSTICE LEAGUE), comics, TV, music and media in general, politics and anything else that crosses our group mind. At Delphi we've got threaded topics and chat rooms. I'm also experimenting with the idea of moving the official Milestone Comics Discussion Group over there. While I'm still shaking out the bugs, I'd love for all of you guys to come and play.

Click here to join the discussion

Thursday, March 13, 2003

STATIC SHOCK GETS 2 EMMY NOMINATIONS

I'm stunned...

THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 30th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
STATIC SHOCK * KIDS WB
(I don't have the official credits yet, I'll do an update later)

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction And Composition
STATIC SHOCK * KIDS WB
RICHARD WOLF, MUSIC DIRECTOR/COMPOSER

Monday, March 10, 2003

ANOTHER "BLINK" REVIEW

I've been searching the web for reviews of my current "Don't Blink" story arc in BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT but haven't had any luck, so far. I did turn up an old review of the first "Blink" story that I hadn't seen:

Tom Grozan, Movie Poop Shoot - Forced Perspective:

"The 3-issue "Blink" by Dwayne McDuffie and Val Semeiks was the strongest story the title has seen in a long time. The title character Blink (he's never called that in the story) is a blind man who has the power to see through another person's eyes after he touches them. A small-time grifter, he views the people's bank account and credit card numbers. That all changes when he touches a serial killer and witnesses a grisly murder that brings him to Batman's attention. The idea is clever and engaging enough to make a decent Hollywood thriller and DC wisely has a sequel fast-tracked for upcoming issues of LOTDK. McDuffie is one of those writers who's not "hot" but seems to do nothing but quality work. I'm surprised he doesn't get more opportunities."

I'm still on the lookout for reviews of "Don't Blink." If you run across one, drop me a line, okay?

Friday, March 07, 2003

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #165



Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze
"Don't Blink" Part 2 of 4.

After searching high and low for the blind man who can see through the eyes of others, Batman finds Blink. Now the Dark Knight must fight for Blink's freedom by taking out the military units using Blink's powers to spy on international terrorists.

BATMAN  |  32pg.  |  Color  |  $2.50
Available on March 12th, 2003

Thursday, March 06, 2003

JOHN SEMPER ON STATIC SHOCK/JUSTICE LEAGUE



Courtesy Toon Zone:

Semper Talks Static Shock/Justice League Crossover
03-05-2003 04:29 PM
by Jim Harvey
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Toon Zone caught up with John Semper, Jr., story editor of Static Shock, to discuss "A League of Their Own." The two-part Static Shock episode has the young hero from Dakota and his sidekick Gear meeting the Justice League.

"Hey, part one looked great, didn't it?" said Semper. "Kudos to the production team, Alan Burnett, Denys Cowan, Swinton Scott and Bobby Paige. They did a great job!"

Semper was quick to mention the contribution of one particular writer who has been a regular fixture at Warner Bros. Animation for the past few years.

"My quick thoughts are that there was an uncredited bit of creative contribution from Stan Berkowitz, one of the key story editor/writer people on the Justice League series," said Semper. "He was certainly in the room when Alan Burnett and I came up with the original concept for this two-parter, so he should be mentioned here."

"I really like Stan," said Semper. "He was the first staff writer that I hired on Spider-Man: The Animated Series years ago. It was his first cartoon-writing gig. He has since gone on to great, much-deserved success in animation at Warners and it was fun to work with him again, if only briefly."

But Berkowitz isn't the only Spider-Man writer that played a role in this two-part crossover.

"I brought in Ernie Altbacker to write the first episode first draft," said Semper. "He was also one of my staff people on Spider-Man, and it was fun to bring him in on this. I guess it really does pay to call me every other week for the last few years and pester me looking for work."

Semper wanted this episode of Static Shock to start just a little bit different than usual.

"I recall really pushing for the idea that the episode teaser should really start out just like a Justice League episode, with no hint of Static Shock," Semper said. "I wanted it to look like the Kids' WB made a mistake and was airing the wrong show. Then at the end of the teaser, Batman says something to the effect that 'There's only one person who can help us here.' He punches up the image on screen and we see...gasp!....Static!"

"I like to mess with peoples' heads like that," Semper jokingly added.

Semper provided a little bit of teaser information for the second part of "A League of Their Own," which airs this weekend.

"The second part, the next episode, is more of a Static Shock episode with the Justice League as guest stars," said Semper. "Most of the action takes place down in Dakota and we see the usual cast of characters. So we get a whole new perspective on Static's interaction with the Justice League."

Semper said that while the finished product looked great, there was a small bit of comedic trouble behind the scenes.

"I remember how much trouble Kevin Conroy had saying the line, 'It looks like some sort of space anomaly.' He kept flubbing it and we all kept laughing," said Semper. "I almost expected Batman to flub it in the final cartoon."

"A League of Their Own, Part 2" airs at 10:30 am, ET on Saturday, March 8, 2003. Stay tuned for more from John Semper here at Toon Zone News.

Dwayne here: I wrote "A League of Their Own, Part 2," hope you'll be watching.

Monday, March 03, 2003

HOLY FOLEY! JASON MARSDEN, THE BOY WONDER



I just ran into Jason Marsden, the very fine actor who voices Richie "Gear" Foley on STATIC SHOCK and Snapper Carr on JUSTICE LEAGUE. He told me about his upcoming TV movie gig, and damned if it wasn't on-topic here. Jason will be playing Robin The Boy Wonder, sort of. Actually, he'll be playing Burt Ward, the 1960's TV Robin, in a bio-pic. Again, sort of. I'll let TV Guide take a stab at explaining:

"Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt is a tongue-in-cheek comedy adventure in which West and Ward, playing themselves, stumble upon a diabolical plot to steal the original Batmobile from a charity benefit."

Jason plays Burt Ward in flashbacks. You'll want to check this out, if only to prove to yourself that I'm not lying. It's on Sunday, March 9th at 9 PM on CBS.

Friday, February 28, 2003

STATIC SHOCK #2 IN SWEEPS

Courtesy Toon Zone:
Kids’ WB Wins February Sweeps
02-28-2003 09:58 AM
by Tommy Lawson
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For the highly-competitive February Sweeps, Kids' WB finished #1 against all Saturday morning competition among the key demographics of Boys 6-11 (7.4/27), Tweens 9-14 (4.4/22) and Male Tweens 9-14 (6.7/30), achieving the network's best-ever February sweeps ratings in these demos. Capturing its 11th consecutive broadcast sweeps win, Kids' WB outperformed the broadcast competition among Kids 2-11 (3.8/15), Kids 6-11 (4.8/19), Boys 2-11 (5.4/21) and Girls 2-11 (2.1/9), tying ABC Kids. The network acheived year-to-year growth among Kids 2-11 (+19%/+15%), Kids 6-11 (+23%/+19%), Boys 2-11 (+29%/+31%), Tweens 9-14 (+47%/+38%) and Male Tweens 9-14 (+60%/+50%).

During the February Sweeps, Kids' WB, against all competition, took the top seven programs among Boys 6-11, six of the top ten spots among Boys 2-11, the top five spots among Tweens 9-14, and the top nine program spots among Male Tweens 9-14. Against broadcast competition, the network finished with the top nine broadcast spots among both Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11.

Individual Program Highlights:

STATIC SHOCK (10:30 am ET) ranked #2 for the sweeps among the top 10 overall programs in Boys 6-11 (8.1/29), Tweens 9-14 (5.2/22) and Male Tweens (7.8/31) and among the broadcast competition in Kids 2-11 (4.2/15), Kids 6-11 (5.2/19) and Boys 2-11 (6.0/21).

For more details, Click the link:

Toon Zone - Kids’ WB Wins February Sweeps

Thursday, February 27, 2003

DWAYNE TALKS STATIC SHOCK/JUSTICE LEAGUE

Courtesy Toon Zone
McDuffie Talks About Static/Justice League Episodes
02-26-2003 10:06 AM
by Jim Harvey
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Dwayne McDuffie, story editor for Justice League and writer for Static Shock, was able to talk to Toon Zone about this weekend's episode of Static Shock, guest-starring the heroes of Justice League.

The episode, written by John Semper Jr. and Ernie Altbacker, is called "A League of Their Own, Part 1." The conclusion to this two-part episode will air Saturday, March 8, 2003. The episode features Static and Gear fending off Brainiac alongside the legendary Justice League. While the League will play an important part in the story, they were not a part of the original script.

"I remember Alan Burnett was in the planning stages of a Teen Titans crossover and the concern was voiced that the Static episode would air before Teen Titans premiered," said McDuffie. "Someone from the studio asked how we felt about doing Justice League instead and I guess it's obvious how we responded. I'd still like to see Static meet the Titans someday, though."

One concern that fans have is meshing two shows that have different styles. Like the previous Batman crossovers, fans were worried that the different styles of the shows would lead to problems for the character designs.

"I'm not really qualified to talk about it from the visual side, except to say that I've seen it and it works," said McDuffie. "From the writer's perspective, it was tricky. Static Shock is paradoxically both lighter in tone and more naturalistic than Justice League. We needed a story with stakes big enough to challenge the Justice League but personal enough so that Static wasn't completely overshadowed by the big guns. John and Ernie solved the problem beautifully."

McDuffie, who has already seen the episode, was able to tell us what fans could expect from this episode.

"Tons of action, great interplay between Static, Richie and the Justice League, lots of humor and frickin' Brainiac! Flash steals the show, I think," McDuffie said.

The Static Shock episode "A League of Their Own, Part 1" will air Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 10:30 am, ET on Kids' WB. The conclusion will air Saturday, March 8, 2003 at 10:30 am, ET.

Dwayne here: One correction, as far as I know, not script was done for a "Teen Titans" static Shock episode, there was just discussion. A League of Their Own was conceived and written as a Justice League episode.

Friday, February 21, 2003

STATIC SHOCK ON THE WEB

There's been a big update to the official Static Shock Website. There's a new quiz (it's easy, trust me, I wrote it), clips from future episodes like "A League of Their Own" and "Blast From The Past" and a lot more.

Click to visit the Official Static Shock Web Site
STATIC SHOCK: THE USUAL SUSPECT



Courtesy Toon Zone:

by Jim Harvey

Toon Zone was able to catch up with writer Len Uhley to discuss this weekend's all-new Static Shock episode called "The Usual Suspect."

"The interesting thing for me about 'The Usual Suspect' is that it shows our hero to be fallible," said Uhely. "Lovable, but imperfect. You know, like the rest of humanity."

The plot for the episode involves Static and Gear pursuing a guy who may or may not be a bang baby. He "fits the profile," which drives Static and Gear to relentlessly pursue him, trying to force him to reveal himself.

"Only, it turns out that our heroes have let a presumption of guilt distort their usual clear-eyed perception of the facts, said Uhley. "Almost too late, Static and Gear realize that the circumstantial evidence that they've observed has misled them -- and that the actual perpetrator has a more complicated and sinister agenda.

"In addition, there's a bunch of amusing repartée between Static and Gear, a cool bash-and-crash session at an auto show, a nice character bit for Sharon, and towards the end, a dramatic chase on foot involving Virgil that segues into the climactic battle between Static and our villain."

Based on the premise of the episode, viewers can expect to see changes for some members of the show's cast.

"Distraught over how things turn out, Static and Gear give up being superheroes and become Tibetan Yakherds," jokes Uhley. "Wait, no, that's not true."

"If one accepts the premise that you can see change or maturation in the character of a Saturday Morning cartoon series hero, I'd say that this episode helps Static grow up a little, to think first, long and hard, before passing judgment on other people because of how they look or behave, or how they've previously lived their lives."

"Hey, everybody does it -- but as Dakota's resident good guy, it is incumbent upon Static to eschew anger and impulse and not settle for the transitory relief of the quick fix. Unlike, oh, say, some of our elected officials..."

"Long-winded answers aside," Uhley concluded. "Please tune in to the Kids' WB this coming Saturday morning, 10:30 am, ET, 9:30 am, CT/PT to see 'The Usual Suspect.' Personally, I can't wait!"

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

STATIC SHOCK RATINGS, WEEK #3

Feb, 8 ratings report from the Kids WB:

"Static Shock (10:30 am, ET) finished #2 for the morning against both broadcast and cable competition among Boys 2-11 (6.9/24), Tweens 9-14 (5.8/24) and Male Tweens (8.9/34), #3 in Kids 6-11 (5.8/21) and Boys 6-11 (9.1/32), and #7 in Kids 2-11 (4.9/17) for the morning. The series led its time period broadcast and cable competition in Boys 2-11, Boys 6-11, Tweens 9-14, Male Tweens 9-14 and Kids 6-11, tying Nickelodeon 's Jimmy Neutron."

This is the best we've ever done. A little birdie told me to expect even better ratings news next week.

Monday, February 17, 2003

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #167



Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze

“Don’t Blink,” Part 4 of 4! The government agency that once employed Blink desperately wants him back — the ability to see through other people’s eyes is too great an asset to pass up. Now the agency is going to extremes by kidnapping and threatening the life of Blink’s girlfriend…leaving Batman determined to set her free!

May 14, 32 pages. $2.50

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

STATIC MEETS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE



The Justice League Guests on 'Static' This March in "A League of Their Own"

by Vincent Benenati

Courtesy Animation Insider:

"As we reported previously, the Static Shock! two-part episode "A League of Their Own" guest-starring the Justice League, airs this March on Kids' WB! Part One of "A League of Their Own" premieres March 1 at 10:30 a.m., while part two airs the following week. Here is how the network describes the episodes:

A League of their Own, Part One - While on a mission in space with the Justice League, Static and Gear find themselves alone and under the attack by Brainiac.

A League of their Own, Part Two - When Braniac takes over Backpack and uses it to control Gear, Static reteams with the Justice League to save his friend. When Braniac takes over Backpack and uses it to control Gear, Static reteams with the Justice League to save his friend.

A new season of Justice League is scheduled to premiere this April on Cartoon Network. Static Shock! airs Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. on Kids' WB! Stay tuned for more updates at Animation Insider."

Dwayne again: I saw a rough cut of part one recently, it's wall to wall action and a lot of fun. I wrote part two, which I haven't yet seen but Static hangs with the big boys and there's a fight I guarantee you're not going to believe...

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

SITE NEWS: FIXED IT?

I may have repaired the problem that kept my main page from showing up properly in Netscape, Mozilla and iCab. If you use any of these browsers (or any others, for that matter)and are still seeing raw code, bad formatting etc. please drop me a line.

Sunday, February 09, 2003

STATIC SHOCK REVIEWED IN DALLAS MORNING NEWS

You know this superhero's cool; he stays in school

02/02/2003

By JEANNE SPREIER / The Dallas Morning News

It must be stealth programming.

Kids WB may not have set out to create an action-hero cartoon that rises above the mundane. But here, entering its third season, is Static Shock, where the fight scenes are limited and relatively benign, the hero is a charming teenager, the language and vocabulary border on the educational and the story outcomes reward the good guys and are revelatory for the bad.

What Kids WB wants to talk about most is the race of Virgil Hawkins, who, through exposure to weird gas, gains electromagnetic. Virgil is television's first "African-American teenage superhero," Kids WB points out in its first sentence describing the show.

Fair and true enough. But unlike shows targeting general or adult audiences, kids' programming has been multiracial and multiethnic for years. Static Shock is better than just being the first in that category – it's a good show, period.

And this year's season has several eye-catching changes, the least of which is Static's new costume – a black-and-blue number with a shocking yellow bolt emblazoned upon his chest. Virgil's good friend Richie Foley this season starts experiencing a delayed reaction to the same gas that gave Virgil his Static "meta-human" powers. Richie, however, gets brains.

Oh my, the power of kids exhibiting thinking skills to young viewers – it's hip to be smart! Richie, in a boring math class, ignores the teacher and his insufferably long math equation. Instead, Richie is using military propulsion engineering to soup up his roller skates. When the teacher asks Richie to answer the question, he's ready – it's four over pi. Then, when Richie sets off to help Virgil, captured by ne'er-do-wells and held in an abandoned juvi hall, he dons helmet and knee pads for his first madcap sky flight on rocket skates.

In this Saturday's new episode, Virgil, his dad and older sister, Sharon, take a tourists' trip to Ghana. While Virgil gets an opportunity to fight the bad guys as Static Shock, he does it under the direction of Spider, an older, wiser superhero in Ghana. In his little brother form, Virgil accuses big sis of being "Ms. Shop-a-Zulu." "This is not a shopping thing. It's a cultural opportunity," she insists. Still, Virgil offers little moments of learning for all viewers. "It's amazing," Virgil tells Richie in a phone call from Africa. "There are black people everywhere. In Africa, I'm not a black kid, I'm just a kid. Is this what it feels like for you all the time?"

Lots of other good moments get air time. First and foremost, the buddies use their newfound powers in the pursuit of justice. Virgil and Richie's supportive friendship isn't laced with muscled-up, testosterone-driven bravado. The character of Virgil's kind and responsible dad avoids the buffoonery so often assigned to cartoon parents. The teens respect society's rules, staying in high school even if they really are better than everyone else. Most appealing, Virgil willingly admits he doesn't know everything.

Ah, now there's a concept ... a teen who doesn't know everything. Superhero, indeed."

Dwayne again. Nice review and apparently, Static Shock's "language and vocabulary" really does border on the educational, Sharon doesn't call her shopping spree a "cultural opportunity," as the writer reports, she calls it "a cultural epiphany."
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #164


On Sale Wednesday, February 12

Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art and cover by Val Semeiks and Dan Green.

The start of "Don't Blink," an all-new 4-part story. Blink, the blind man who can see through the eyes of whomever he touches, is back. Batman decides he needs the unique services of his old "friend," but learns he's been kidnapped by a group that may be working for the government. Whatever their allegiances, it's clear that Blink is being held against his will - and only Batman can break him free.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Feb. 12.


Thursday, February 06, 2003

STATIC IN AFRICA

"When the Hawkins family vacations in Ghana, Static teams up with African superhero Anansi (Carl Lumbly) to stop Osebo the Leopard (Michael Jai White) from stealing an ancient treasure. {CC, Stereo}"

Saturday, February 8, 10:30 Eastern, 9:30 Central on the Kids WB

"Static In Africa" is my favorite episode of all the cartoons I've worked on so far. Virgil Hawkins and family take a trip to Ghana, West Africa, where Static teams up with that continent's greatest super hero, Anansi, in a battle with Osebo, the Leopard. Everything came together beautifully, terrific direction and animation, gorgeous painted backgrounds of locations in and around Ghana, outstanding performances (as usual) from the regular cast and wonderful guest turns from Carl Lumbly, Michael Jai White and Roscoe Lee Brown. Did I mention the musical score? I should have.

Also, I think this is a particularly fitting episode for Black History Month. Originally this episode was titled "Role Models" and while the title changed along the way, the intent didn't. To me, this is an important part of what Static Shock is all about.

Friday, January 31, 2003

STATIC RATINGS SHOCKER

Courtesy Kids WB:

"The third season debut of the high-adventure hit series Static Shock, in its new 10:30 a.m. ET time period, joined Yu-Gi-Oh! and other Kids’ WB! hit series among the top broadcast ranks of the key demos, taking the #2 spot in Male Tweens 9-14, #3 in Boys 6-11, and finished among the top 10 programs in Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Boys 2-11 and Tweens 9-14. For the morning, Static Shock electrified its time period competition to rank #1 among Boys 6-11 (6.7/24), Tweens 9-14 (4.9/20), tying Nickelodeon’s "Jimmy Neutron," and Male Tweens 9-14 (8.1/29), and dominated the time period broadcast competition in Kids 2-11 (3.5/13), Kids 6-11 (4.1/15) and Boys 2-11 (5.1/18)."

Dwayne again: In English, this means we did *really* well. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we can keep it going...

Thursday, January 30, 2003

STATIC SHOCK IN AFRICA

Courtesy Comics Continuum:

Thursday, January 30, 2003


The Continuum has obtained a first look at two new characters appearing in an upcoming episode of Kids' WB!'s Static Shock episode.

The characters, Anasi and Osebo, will appear in the episode "Static in Africa," which is scheduled to air on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Anasi, a spider-themed character, is a hero whose voice is performed by Carl Lumbly, who also stars in Alias and does the voice of Martian Manhunter in Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series.

Osebo is the villain of the episode. He is voiced by Michael Jai White, who starred in the Spawn movie.

Roscoe Lee Browne, whose many credits include the Kingpin in Fox Kids' Spider-Man series, also is a guest-star in the episode.

"Static in Africa" was written by Dwayne McDuffie.

Click here and scroll down to see images from the show.

Friday, January 24, 2003

STATIC SHOCK: INTERVIEW WITH DWAYNE

COURTESY Toon Zone':

McDuffie Stretching the Boundaries of 'Static Shock'
01-24-2003 08:05 AM
by Jim Harvey
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Dwayne McDuffie has watched Static Shock jump from the four-color page to the small screen, and fan anticipation has never been higher. With the third season being crucial for the series, both fans and creators are hoping that the ratings will be strong enough to keep the series around a little longer.

"We've barely scratched the surface with these characters," said McDuffie. "Static Shock is blessed with a wonderfully talented creative crew. They continue to stretch the boundaries of Static's world, while deepening the relationships that are at the core of the show. There's a wonderful episode called 'Flashback,' where Virgil gets to go back in time and meet his mother (who died before the show began). There's an episode where Virgil and family visit Ghana, West Africa and meet the greatest hero of that continent. 'Blast From The Past' is both hysterically funny and touching, as Static discovers that a hero from an older generation just might have something to teach him. And of course, there's the ongoing development of Richie's new superhero persona, 'Gear.'"

"Static Shock will debut a new costume this year, which has left the fans scratching their heads. McDuffie says the costume change is only natural for a maturing young hero.

"I think the new attitude probably led to the costume change, not the other way around," said McDuffie. "Virgil Hawkins is a year older and that's allowed us to explore some of the darker places in his world. We have more action this year than we've ever had before and we have a number of villains who are adults, so the threats Static faces can be more varied. The costume is a natural outgrowth of all that, as is the new, more naturalistic look of the show. I can't wait for the fans to see what the team has achieved."

While the new look will be predominant this season, we will be seeing some familiar faces. The designs may be slightly tweaked, but the returning characters will be just as familiar.

"Let's see, the Metabreed returns (led by Ebon, once again), as does Hotstreak," said McDuffie. "There are a few villains new to Static but perhaps familiar to Warner Animation fans; Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Toyman and Brainiac all appear this season. I like a lot of the all-new villains this year too, Starburst, Osebo the Leopard ... Static's going to be a very busy hero this year, you can see why he needs a sidekick."

Where there are villians, there are surely going to be a lot of heroes as well. Expect appearances by Batman, Justice League and...who else...?

"You forgot Superman," joked McDuffie. "Plus, there are plenty of brand new heroes showing up this season. Anansi the Spider and Soul Power both worked out very well and I'd like to see them again, but the breakout character has to be Shebang, a teenage heroine who will give Static all he can handle and then some. Everyone liked her so much I wouldn't be surprised if she showed up more than once this season."

Thursday, January 23, 2003

JUSTICE LEAGUE- STAN BERKOWITZ INTERVIEW

Courtesy Toon Zone:

Berkowitz Discusses 'Justice League Adventures' and Season Two
01-23-2003 08:01 AM
by Jim Harvey
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In April, Stan Berkowitz's work will be seen both on television and on the page. He will be writing April's Justice League Adventures #18, as well writing for the animated Justice League series.

"I had a great time writing the Justice League Adventures comic," said Berkowitz. "It features a mass murderer called Evano who'll be making his first, and definitely last, appearance. The comic is the rough equivalent of a half-hour JL show - if there were such a thing, so the storytelling is simpler and more concise."

The Justice League Adventures story involves an alien race that has established a beachhead on Earth in a most unexpected place and it's up to the miniscule Justice League ally, the Atom, to stop the invading force from taking down the League's most powerful member.

"As far as our next season, as I said at the convention yesterday, Cartoon Network hasn't yet decided when it will commence, but when they do, I'm sure you'll know as soon as I do, or maybe sooner," said Berkowtiz.

When the new season premieres, the creators believe the show will meet the standards of the high fan anticipation

"I'm really excited about the episodes I've seen," said Berkowitz. "Some of them are huge outer space epics, like 'Twilight' and 'Hearts and Minds,' while others are smaller origin stories, like 'Tabula Rasa' and 'Only a Dream.' We'll go deeper into most of the characters next season, heroes and villains alike; you'll learn more about John Stewart's past, Hawkgirl's unconventional belief system and Batman's damaged psyche. We'll even show you where J'onn J'onzz goes for the holidays."

Aside from big stories and character driven arcs, you can also expect to see some new faces in the crowd.

"We've got guest heroes coming, too - Aquaman and a couple of others who've been on other shows, but not the JL. And we've got new and old villains as well," said Berkowitz. "Among the former, Dr. Destiny, Eclipso, Despero, and Amazo; among the latter, Luthor, Joker, Vandal Savage and, in a very emotional story, Solomon Grundy, of all people."

"It's going to be like Christmas, with each episode a different present," joked Berkowitz. "Some will probably be clothes, but most will be toys."

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

STATIC SHOCK STORY EDITOR SPEAKS

Courtesy Toon Zone:
01-22-2003 09:27 AM
by Jim Harvey
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John Semper, the story editor for the new season of Static Shock, was able to talk to Toon Zone about his role in the upcoming third season and what we can expect from the series.

"Well, naturally, I finished my job on Static months ago, so we have to talk in the past tense," said Semper. "What I intended to accomplish was to keep Alan Burnett and Dennis Cowan's basic vision of the show alive while injecting a few new ideas. I hadn't worked on the show before, so I guess I brought a fresh perspective to it. Since they're into their third season, that can be of some value to a production team. Beyond that, I managed to stay out of the way and let them do their thing, which was great as usual."

Entering the third season, expect the main characters to start showing their age, both in personality and design-wise.

"[Virgil will] grow up a bit and be a bit more serious," said Semper. "He's approaching his high-school years, now, so that's reflected in the show. And of course, I always lean toward the dramatic, so there is at least one story I wrote that digs a bit deeper into Static's relationship with his late mother. But the same old light-hearted Static spirit is still there, too, and at least one episode I co-wrote is pretty funny, so each episode is its own new surprise."

Static will also be making his presence known in the superhero community as well. He will have a guest appearance in Justice League this season, heroes will be appearing in his series as well.

"We did do a lot of crossovers stories," said Semper. "That was great fun. It's always fun to combine casts because, for one, it makes for a great recording session. We did a Justice League two-parter. The first part is more like a Justice League episode with Static in it. The second part is more like a Static episode with the Justice League in it. Beyond that, I am sworn to secrecy!"

"And we did a crossover with Batman, but Static had met Batman before, so we were just continuing the good chemistry that they had with each other," Semper added. " And we did a Superman crossover. That's new, and it should be very exciting."

Crossovers aren't the only surprises fans can expect. This season has a lot in store for the main character. Expect to see a lot of new faces when the season rolls around.

"We had great casts that included Billy Dee Williams, Terrence Stamp, Alfre Woodard, David Arquette, Brock Peters, Bud Cort and many others," said Semper. "It was always a treat to come to recording sessions and be surprised at who was there. Andrea Romano did her usual award-winning job directing the voices. I think that this is going to be one of the best seasons of Static ever. But then, I'm biased."

The new season of Static Shock will premiere this Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 10:30 am ET on Kids' WB. Stay tuned for an interview with Stan Berkowitz on Thursday, and an interview with Dwayne McDuffie on Friday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #166



Available on April 9th, 2003
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Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze

"Don't Blink" Part 3 of 4. The baby merchant Blink's been inhabiting has been murdered by a guilt-ridden psychopath. Now Blink can do nothing more than watch through the eyes of a child as the maniac threatens to go ballistic!


PAUL DINI ON STATIC SHOCK/BATMAN II

With the third season of Static Shock premiering this weekend on Kids WB!, Animation Insider was able to talk with Paul Dini regarding his upcoming episode "Hard As Nails".

AI: It was recently revealed that you wrote "Hard As Nails", the season three premiere episode of Static Shock. How did you become involved with the episode?

PD: Producer Alan Burnett, with whom I worked on all the different versions of Batman, asked me if I wanted to do the second crossover episode. I said sure! It was great to get back to Gotham again, and a lot of fun to work with Static, too. I like the character a lot. Virgil's a trusted ally of Batman, but not a true member of his team. Therefore he can crack wise or make comments that Robin couldn't. I found that made for some funny interplay between Static, Batman and Alfred....

Click the link for more Animation Insider, Paul Dini Talks Static Shock

Monday, January 20, 2003

ALAN BURNETT TALKS STATIC SHOCK

Courtesy Toon Zone:
by Jim Harvey
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With the new season of Static Shock premiering this weekend, the creative crew is gearing up for a third season of action, thrills, and drama. Alan Burnett, a producer for the series, was able to provide Toon Zone with some insights into the upcoming season.

The new season of Static Shock will open with an episode guest starring Batman with Harley and Poison Ivy as the villians. Burnett couldn't be more excited about the premiere.

"I loved coming back to Gotham again, loved working with Paul Dini, who wrote the script, loved seeing all the old familiar faces in the recording studio," said Burnett. "Static is fun with Batman, because they are such opposites in so many ways. It's always interesting to see Batman's world through someone else's eyes, especially a kid like Virgil."

Also, fan speculation about what Batman design will be used for his new appearance has caused an uproar among fans. Can the fans expect the same design featured in "The Big Leagues" episode from last season?

"Yes, the design is basically the same as last time," said Burnett. "You won't see Robin this time, but you will see three other regulars from the old series - Bullock, Gordon and Alfred."

"Let me also add that there's some other team-ups: the Justice League (in a two parter) and a Superman-Static team-up." Burnett stresses that alot of changes are instore for the new season of Static Shock, in both character design and attitude.

"He's a year older, so his look has changed, both with the mask on and off," said Burnett. "My fellow producers, Denys Cowan and Swinton Scott, have also done a makeover on all the other characters and on the backgrounds in general. On the story front we've gotten a little darker -- a lot of the action takes place at night this season -- and we've brought in older, more threatening villains. We've made Richie into a superhero, partly in reaction to our audience, which has been clamoring for Static to have a superpowerful partner. We believe we've done it in a way that's very organic to the series."

"The introduction of Gear (Richie's alter ego) has centered the series around the two boys more than ever. The first two years we did a variety of stories, some centering around Virgil's homelife, some around school, some with Richie, some without. Once Richie became Gear, it focuses us more on their relationship. Though Static still remains the star, their superhero partnership has definitely defined the third season."

One thing Burnett plans to emphasize on is Virgil's relationship with Richie, as well as Richie's new role in the series.

"Well as I said, our audience really wanted to see this," said Burnett. "I think Virgil and Richie, as voiced so beautifully by Phil Lamarr and Jason Marsden, have one of the most natural-feeling friendships going on in cartoons, so it wasn't too difficult to take it to the superhero level. I don't want to give away too much about how it is that Richie gets his powers at this time, or even what the powers are, but you'll see him in action in the new main titles."

A lot is in store for Static this season, including an episode which will get to the root of Virgil's strive to be a superhero, which was breifly touched upon in previous seasons.

"We have an episode coming up, written by my story editor John Semper Jr., which takes us back to when Virgil's mother was alive," said Burnett. "She's voiced by Alfred Woodard, who was wonderful. The show is about loss, and grown men who've seen it get choked up. We also have a story where the Hawkins family vacations in Africa, and Static has an adventure there. It's written by Dwayne McDuffie, and it's unlike anything you've seen on Saturday morning."

"On a side note, we also have a episode coming up with Lil' Romeo, who performs the new main title song. And he's terrific."

Static Shock, which premiere's this Saturday at 10:30 ET, is expected to be a ratings champ. With a full thirteen episode season ahead, Burnett assures that this is a season not to be missed.

"This should be a great season. I mean, in what other series are you going to see Lil' Romeo, Superman, Batman, the Justice League, Brainiac, the Toyman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Ghana, Gotham City, Dakota, and a bunch of new heroes and villains?"


STATIC'S GOT IT COVERED



Take a peek at the cover of the February issue of Animation Magazine. Pretty cool, huh?

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Saturday, January 18, 2003

STATIC SHOCK IN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Courtesy Tony Isabella: "Static Shock is listed in "What to Watch" in the January 24-31 issue.  It says...

STATIC SHOCK (The WB, TV-Y7)  The cartoon is back for a third season, with hero Static debuting a "new hip costume."  We watch in our new, hip PJs."


REPOST: CONVENTION APPEARANCE JAN. 19

MEET THE CREATIVE PEOPLE BEHIND THE
CARTOON NETWORK ANIMATED SERIES
ON STAGE AT 1:00 PM.

The largest assembly of Animation Talent from the JUSTICE LEAGUE CARTOON NETWORK TELEVISION SERIES to ever appear at a Convention will speak about the series and take questions from the audience:

RICH FOGEL (PRODUCER), JAMES TUCKER (PRODUCER) STAN BERKOWITZ (STORY EDITOR), DWAYNE MCDUFFIE (STORY EDITOR), DAN RIBA (DIRECTOR), ANDREA ROMANO (CASTING AND VOICE DIRECTOR), AND THE VOICE ACTORS:

GEORGE NEWBERN (SUPERMAN), MARIA CANALS (HAWKGIRL), PHIL LAMARR (GREEN LANTERN), SUSAN EISENBERG (WONDER WOMAN)

JAMES TUCKER (PRODUCER) also draws for such Comic Books as BATMAN BEYOND and he also did a story for DETECTIVE NO. 600.

PHIL LAMARR is also the voice of SAMURAI JACK.

DWAYNE MCDUFFIE is the Co-Creator of the STATIC Comic Book and Animated Series.

There will also be an autograph session after the Presentation, while time allows. For more details check the Ticket Information section.

Los Angeles Comic Book and Sci Fi Convention Program

Thursday, January 16, 2003

STATIC SHOCK WEEK

Courtesy Comics Continuum:

Kids' WB! will follow up the third-season premiere of Static Shock with a week of daily repeats.

The episodes will air at 3:30 p.m. each day.

Episodes include "Shock to the System," the series' premiere, on Monday, Jan. 27; "Power Play" on Tuesday, Jan. 28; "Brother-Sister Act" on Wednesday, Jan. 29; "Static Shaq," featuring the Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal, on Thursday, Jan. 30; and "The Big Leagues," guest-starring Batman and Robin, on Friday, Jan. 31.

A new episode, "Gear," will air on Saturday, Feb. 1.

In related news, David Chylstek, the director of "The Big Leagues," has been nominated for an Annie Award for his work on the episode.

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

'Static' Director Talks About Annies Nomination
01-14-2003 10:35 AM
by Jim Harvey
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Dave Chlystek, Annie Award-nominated director of the Static Shock episode "The Big Leagues," was able to discuss his nomination for Best Director with Toon Zone.

"I have to admit to being a bit stunned," said Chlystek. "I wasn't even aware that I had been submitted to the Annie committee for recognition. And it should go without saying that I would have never received this honor if not for the hard work of so many talented people on the show. Without them, I'd be an usher at the Annies."

Chlystek was a major player in the second season, being involved in the fan favorite episode "The Big Leagues," guest-starring Batman. He ushered in some memorable characters in other episodes as well.

"The second season of Static certainly had some high points for me," said Chlystek. "Permafrost was a wonderful episode, and
in many ways, the one I'm proudest of."

While the news of his nomination is a bit of shock for Chlystek, he won't be sitting on his laurels. Chlystek was able to provide a peek into his future plans.

"As for my future plans, let's just say that I hope to be doing this work for a long time," said Chlystek. "I am working on several projects, some are pitches for new shows, featuring some DC superheroes that have a 'legion' of fans. As well as my own projects and some new comic stuff, featuring a character that I co-created with Joe St. Pierre, called Megahurtz, which was with Image for three issues and then we stopped due to our time constraints with other projects. So I look forward to doing more of that."

Courtesy Toon Zone
ALAN BURNETT TALKS STATIC SHOCK



Courtesy Comics Continuum:

Alan Burnett, supervising producer of Kids' WB!'s Static Shock, told
The Continuum that the title character will be a little older for the
upcoming season.

"He's grown some," Burnett said. "He's less a 14-15 year-old and more
a 15-16 year-old and that made a difference for us this season. The
villains have gotten more imposing and there are more adult villains
than before."

The third season - which kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30
a.m. -- features several changes, including a new costume for Static,
Richie becoming the super-powered sidekick Gear and a new theme song
performed by Lil' Romeo, who also guest-stars in a later episode.

The new season begins with "Hard as Nails," an episode that teams
Static with Batman again. Static met Batman and Robin in the second-
season opener, and that left an impact on the series.

"The palette of the show has gotten darker this season," Burnett
said. "especially after the success of the Static/Batman team-up last
season. That was a show that went darker than we usually went, with
more night scenes. And after that show, everybody went, 'Let's go in
that direction.' So we're getting Static out from under the sun." 

The season premiere is written by Batman producer Paul Dini. "It's
the first Static he's written," Burnett said.

In the episode, Allie Langford (a.k.a. Nails), a teenager at Virgil's
school, goes to Gotham City in search of the veteran villains Harley
Quinn and Poison Ivy to eliminate her recent problem - she is
starting to turn into metal. Teaming up again with Batman, Static
must expose Harley and Poison Ivy's nefarious plans so that Allie may
get the real guidance she needs.

"It's always fun to go back to Batman," said Burnett, who worked on
all the incarnations of the Batman series.

Burnett said that the episode will include Commissioner Gordon,
Detective Bullock, Alfred and Bruce Wayne - all voiced by the
original performers.

"Robin's not in this one, though. He's off fighting with the Teen
Titans," laughed Burnett, referring to the new Cartoon Network
series.

Static will have even more involvement with the DC Universe in Season
3. He will also team-up with the Justice League in a two-parter, "A
League of Their Own," involving Brainiac, and the season closes
with "Toys in the Hood," a Superman team-up involving Toyman.

The second episode on Feb. 1 is called "Gear" and reveals Richie's
new identity.

"It's the whole origin story," Burnett said. "Kids will see Gear
right off the bat, though, because he's in the new main titles."

Monday, January 13, 2003

CONVENTION APPEARANCE

MEET THE CREATIVE PEOPLE BEHIND THE
CARTOON NETWORK ANIMATED SERIES
ON STAGE AT 1:00 PM.

The largest assembly of Animation Talent from the JUSTICE LEAGUE CARTOON NETWORK TELEVISION SERIES to ever appear at a Convention will speak about the series and take questions from the audience:

RICH FOGEL (PRODUCER), JAMES TUCKER (PRODUCER) STAN BERKOWITZ (STORY EDITOR), DWAYNE MCDUFFIE (STORY EDITOR), DAN RIBA (DIRECTOR), ANDREA ROMANO (CASTING AND VOICE DIRECTOR), AND THE VOICE ACTORS:

GEORGE NEWBERN (SUPERMAN), MARIA CANALS (HAWKGIRL), PHIL LAMARR (GREEN LANTERN), SUSAN EISENBERG (WONDER WOMAN)

JAMES TUCKER (PRODUCER) also draws for such Comic Books as BATMAN BEYOND and he also did a story for DETECTIVE NO. 600.

PHIL LAMARR is also the voice of SAMURAI JACK.

DWAYNE MCDUFFIE is the Co-Creator of the STATIC Comic Book and Animated Series.

There will also be an autograph session after the Presentation, while time allows. For more details check the Ticket Information section.

Los Angeles Comic Book and Sci Fi Convention Program

Sunday, January 12, 2003

BlogScript Test.

Friday, January 10, 2003

STATIC SHOCK AWARD NOMINATION

Congratulations to Dave Chlystek, who has been nominated for an Annie award for his direction of last year's Static Shock/Batman episode, "The Big Leagues."

The Annie Awards honor animated feature films, TV, commercials, home video, electronic media and shorts. The awards will be presented at a black-tie awards ceremony Feb. 1 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Ca.

Thursday, January 09, 2003



STATIC SHOCK SEASON 3 EPISODE GUIDE

Hard as Nails - Static teams up with Batman when he goes to Gotham City to bring back a meta-human classmate, Nails, who has been tricked into using her metallic powers to help Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

Static in Africa - When the Hawkins family goes on a vacation to Ghana, Static teams up with a legendary African super hero, Anansi, who is trying to stop Osebo The Leopard from stealing an ancient treasure. Anansi is voiced by Carl Lumbly ( "Alias" ) and Osebo by Michael Jai White ( "Spawn" ).

Gear - When Virgil's friend, Richie, discovers he is turning into a super genius, he uses his newfound intellect to become a techno super hero named Gear.

The Usual Suspect - Virgil inadvertently makes an enemy out of a school tough guy when he mistakenly believes him to be Dakota's latest Meta-human monster, Marcus (Sean Patrick Thomas, "Barbershop," "The District" ).

Shebang - Static encounters a sassy female teenage super hero, Shebang, who shows him up every time they meet.

Flashback - Static discovers that changing the past is not as easy as he thinks when he goes back in time to save his mother from her untimely death.

Showtime - Static discovers that fame is not all it's cracked up to be when he becomes the star of a "Cops" -like reality show called "Heroes." David Faustino guest stars.

A League of their Own, Part One - While on a mission in space with the Justice League, Static and Gear find themselves alone and under the attack by Brainiac.

Blast from the Past - Static teams up with a retired super hero, Soul Power, when the old hero's nemesis comes back to threaten Dakota.

A League of their Own, Part Two - When Braniac takes over Backpack and uses it to control Gear, Static reteams with the Justice League to save his friend.

The Parent Trap - Shebang returns to Dakota to enlist Static and Gear's help when her parents are discovered missing and believed kidnapped.

Lil' Romeo - Hip hop superstar Lil' Romeo joins forces with Static to defeat The Leech, a meta-human who steals other meta-humans' powers.

Toys in the Hood - Static teams up with Superman when the Man of Steel's old nemesis, Toyman, arrives in Dakota on a kidnapping scheme.

Let the wild speculation begin!

 

STATIC SHOCK'S THIRD SEASON



CourtesyComics Continuum:

Kids' WB! on Wednesday announced that Static Shock will occupy the 10:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. PT) time period when its third season debuts on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The network's Saturday morning schedule beginning that day includes Yu-Gi-Oh! at 8 a.m., What's New Scooby Doo? at 8:30 a.m., Jackie Chan Adventures at 9 a.m., Ozzy & Drix at 9:30 a.m., Pokemon: Master Quest at 10 a.m., Static Shock at 10:30 a.m, Yu-Gi-Oh! at 11 a.m. and ?Mucha Lucha! at 11:30 a.m.

Static Shock's third season begins with the episode "Hard as Nails." In the episode, Allie Langford (a.k.a. Nails), a teenager at Virgil's school, goes to Gotham City in search of the veteran villains Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy to eliminate her recent problem - she is starting to turn into metal. Teaming up again with Batman, Static must expose Harley and Poison Ivy's nefarious plans so that Allie may get the real guidance she needs.

The Feb. 1 episode will be "Gear," in which Richie reveals his newly acquired identity.

Hip-hop musician Lil' Romeo raps the series' new main title song, co-written with his father Master P. In addition, he will guest-star as himself in an episode of Static Shock later this season, entitled "Lil' Romeo."

As previously reported, the season will also include the Justice League and a new character She-Bang.

Click on the thumbnails above for third-season promotional images, and look for more Static Shock news very soon here in The Continuum.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

SHOCKING DEBUT OF STATIC SHOCK JAN. 25

Kids' WB! re-electrifies Saturday mornings with the third season debut of the high-voltage adventure Static Shock, premiering Saturday, January 25 (10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT). The super-charged season of Static Shock features Static in a hip new costume as he confronts the villains of Dakota and patrols the city with his friend...and now super hero partner, Richie - who reveals his newly acquired identity in the episode "Gear" on February 1.

Hip-hop musician Lil' Romeo heats up the airwaves by performing the new series main title song. Co-written with his father Master P, Lil' Romeo raps Static's theme song, adding energy and excitement to the third season. In addition, this super rapper will guest-star as himself in an episode of Static Shock later this season, entitled "Lil' Romeo." Also slated to appear this season include legendary heroes The Justice League and Superman, along with new meta-human villains Brainiac and She-Bang.

The thrilling new season debuts with the heroic episode entitled "Hard as Nails." Allie Langford (a.k.a. Nails), a teenager at Virgil's school, goes to Gotham City in search of the veteran villains Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy to eliminate her recent problem - she is starting to turn into metal.

Teaming up again with the famed caped crusader Batman, Static must expose Harley and Poison Ivy's nefarious plans so that Allie may get the real guidance she needs.

Based on the Milestone/DC Comics property, Static Shock follows the exploits of the first African-American teenage super hero, quick-witted Virgil Hawkins, who has electromagnetic superpowers. After being exposed to a mutagenetic gas, Virgil became "Static," an urban hero of his own creation. This high-adventure series from Warner Bros. Animation continues to break new ground in children's television as Static Shock confronts real problems and issues faced by today's kids, including peer pressure, prejudice, gun violence and growing up in an ethnically-diverse urban neighborhood. With his best friend Richie - a.k.a. Gear, this new justice-enforcing duo will need all of their meta-skills as they tackle some of their most challenging opponents yet. Unfortunately, being the city's most famous hero does have its drawbacks...Virgil must deal with a pesky older sister and keep his father from discovering his super secret all while trying to master and refine his electromagnetic energies and powers.

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

JUSTICE LEAGUE NEWS: ALFRED AND LOIS LANE AMONG GUEST STARS IN "HEREAFTER."

Courtesy Comics2Film
Classic Characters Return For Justice League

Posted by
Xum Yukinori

Look for supporting players Lois Lane and Alfred the butler to show up on an upcoming episode of Justice League according to a write-up in the L.A. Times . The article indicates that a season-two episode will  features the return of Dana Delany as Lois Lane and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred.

Comics2Film did a little digging and uncovered some details about that particular segment.

Sources have confirmed that the episode in question is titled "Hereafter," and will feature the return of several characters from the Superman animated series of the 1990s. However, due to various reasons not all of the original voice actors will be reprising their roles.

In fact, voice actor Corey Burton (Brainiac) fills in for three actors. "Bruce [Timm] figured he could have me knock off all three roles," says Burton, "thereby saving a good script. Interestingly enough, all of my characters are in a scene together. I’ve been on shows before where I have to talk to myself — this time I did it in triplicate."

The recording session for “Hereafter” was held on Friday, October 18.

Dwayne again: "Hereafter" is one of my scripts. Anyone who has read my stories "Swan Song," from HARDWARE or "Cancel Christmas" and "From Labor To Rest" from ICON can probably guess some of what's going to happen here. How's that for a clue?
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE LIVE
(OH, AND SOME OTHER GUYS, TOO)

I'll be taking the stage at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Conventon on Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 PM. Topic of discussion? JUSTICE LEAGUE. Also on hand? Series producers Rich Fogel and James Tucker, story editor Stan Berkowitz, director Dan Riba, casting/voice director Andrea Romano and cast members George (Superman) Newbern, Maria (Hawkgirl) Canals, Phil (Green Lantern, Static, Samurai Jack) LaMarr and Susan (Wonder Woman) Eisenberg.

That's on Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 PM at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center. Call (818) 954-8432 for details.

Sunday, January 05, 2003

STATIC SHOCK RETURNS JAN. 25


New Season of 'Static Shock' Premiere
01-04-2003 06:51 AM
by Jim Harvey
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Courtesy
Toon Zone:

The official Kids' WB! website is advertising the new season of Static Shock, set to premiere on Saturday, January 25, 2003. No timeslot has been given yet, but should be announced this coming week.

The new season is expected to have a more serious tone than the previous two seasons. Below is a list of episode titles already revealed for the upcoming season:

"Hard As Nails"
"Role Models"
"Gear"
"The Usual Suspect"
"Shebang"
"Flashback"
"Showtime"
"A League of their Own" Part 1 and 2
"Blast from the Past"
"L'il Romeo"

The creative team for Static Shock have generally kept quiet about surprises for the third season, but have revealed a few bits of information. As previously reported, "Gear" will introduce Richie's new superhero persona, "The Usual Suspect" will be a mystery-themed episode, and "Shebang" will be the first appearance of a new character who may have a recurring role later in the series. Given the costume change for Static, it is unlikely the two unaired episodes from season two will air any time soon.

The third season is going to kick off with an episode guest-starring Batman. Static will travel to Gotham City to battle Harley and Ivy. The Justice League will also appear this season in a two-part episode called "A League of their Own" featuring the return of Brainiac.

Kids' WB! has also started advertising the season premiere. The commercial, showing Richie in his "Gear" persona, as well as a wealth of new villains and Static's "shocking new attitude," began airing this morning and is expected to air until Friday, January 24, 2003.