Marc Webb’s untitled 3-D “Spider-Man” reboot has a title and a fancy-schmancy new picture. The movie will be called “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which was originally one of the titles bandied about for Sam Raimi’s second “Spider-Man” film (before it was released in 2004 with the uninspiring moniker “Spider-Man 2”). Sony also released a picture of Andrew Garfield fully decked out in the Spider-Man costume and mask:
The “Spider-Man” reboot is due next year. Sony just released the first picture of Andrew Garfield in his costume as the superhero. Does it look exactly like the Tobey Maguire version? Pretty much, yeah. But there you go. Click to embiggen. [TOH]
The “Spider-Man” reboot has a lead, a love interest and, now, a bad guy. Rhys Ifans, the slouching British actor announced earlier this week as the project’s unnamed baddie, will be playing the Lizard, according to The Wrap.
The Lizard is, as you might imagine from his name and the picture above, a gigantic lizard. He’s actually a scientist named Curt Connors who loses his arm, tries some wacky experiments to regain it and, as often happens in this situations, winds up mutating into a velociraptor. (The Lizard is part of a bigger trend in Spider-Man’s villains, where he faces quasi-anthropomorphic baddies named the Lizard, the Scorpion, the Rhino, et cetera.) If I recall correctly, the character is friendly with Peter Parker, which is why Spidey always winds up protecting his wife and son.
Credit to Marc Webb and Sony: They could have easily gone back to the Green Goblin with this one (or, worse, Venom), but are instead trying something markedly different. The Lizard actually appeared in Sam Raimi’s original trilogy: Dylan Baker played his human alter ego in both sequels, seemingly setting up the Lizard’s appearance at some point in the series.
(It’s worth noting that the villains that worked in the first films — the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus — were humanistic in nature. The more outlandish the sci-fi (like a giant sand monster or an alien Topher Grace), the less the villains resonated. Of course, an outlandish villain (like just Sandman) wasn’t the third film’s only problem by a long shot.)
Since the film reportedly is working with a much smaller budget, it’ll be interesting to see how they go about tackling the Lizard, who will require some solid CGI to properly pull off.
Emma Stone, the rising star who was charming in “Superbad” and “Zombieland” and now has her very own hit (“Easy A”) in theaters, has been cast in the “Spider-Man” reboot. As has been rumored for days now, she’s been closing in on the female lead in this movie, which everybody assumed was Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst’s role in the original trilogy). You know, because she’s a famous redhead.
But Sony pulled a fast one on us, and cast Stone as Gwen Stacy, the famously doomed (uh, spoiler alert?) blonde first love of Peter Parker. Humorously, the press release notes that Stone is actually a natural blonde (like Sofia Vergara — I guess blonde is on its way out in Hollywood?). So will she return to her natural color for the movie? Or will Mia Wasikowska (or whomever) stay blonde as Mary Jane, completely flip-flopping the mythos and driving comic book fans nuts? Eh, who cares. The point is, a charming and immensely likable actress has been hired!