Friday, July 15, 2011

The Amazing Spalding-Man

Here's a close-up of Spidey's mask from Sony's upcoming Amazing Spider-Man franchise reboot (click the pic for an embiggened version). Not terrible, other than the weird texture that makes it looks like he bought his suit off-the-rack at the local SportMart.

As you know from the times I've discussed this project previously, I'm of two minds. On the one hand, I feel like 2007's Spider-Man 3, while certainly lackluster, wasn't so much so that it needed a ground-up restart with its very own "here we go again" origin. On the other hand, it's hard to fault the creative team they've assembled behind the camera, nor the cast they've lined up in front of it. I'd already concluded that Andrew Garfield is a very solid choice to embody Peter Parker, and once they got Martin Sheen in there to play the saintly Uncle Ben, my resistance had all but crumbled. Throw in Sally Field and Denis Leary as Aunt May and Captain George Stacy, and suddenly you realize they're actually swinging for the fences.

Still, with next weekend's San Diego Con promising the first volley of publicity in anticipation of the flick's launch next summer (ten years after the series' inaugural entry), this new crop of stills from EW definitely provides an insight into the direction that new helmer Marc Webb plans to take the wall crawler. It sure seems that, as opposed to the more fanciful, heightened-reality take of his predecessor Sam Rami, Webb and Co. are trying to ground the proceedings in the same way Chris Nolan distinguished his Batman from Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher (thought that may prove a very presumptuous comparison in the long run).

Check their write-up here, and take a look at the rest of the shots here, including looks at Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy as well as Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors (a.k.a. The Lizard) and tell me if you disagree.

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