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.