Spider-Man movies may have been respun, but no telling if it'll work this time
The Amazing Spider-Man is slated for release in the summer of 2012 and promises a grittier, character-driven look at Spider-Man's years as a late teen.If that's what they're going for, then I'm not sure it'll work, or if they should even be keeping on with it. Christopher Nolan's 3rd Batman movie will be the last - by him anyway - because he doesn't want to drag things out. Even if this is to be a reboot, aren't they still making the mistake Nolan must want to avoid?
The new Spider-Man will be full of changes. Even Spidey-love Mary Jane Watson is gone, and replaced by Emma Stone as Parker's first comic-book love Gwen Stacy. British actor Rhys Ifans will play Dr. Curt Connors, who is transformed accidentally into The Lizard, one of Spider-Man's archenemies.I'm not sure Gwen was the first - before her, there were Liz Allen and certainly Betty Brant. The omission of Mary Jane Watson might actually turn some people off, if they suspect this was influenced by the publishing arm's own omission of the marriage.
Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad said the previous team behind the series felt they had taken their story arc as far as it could go. Marvel made a conscious decision to start from a blank slate.But if there's no new story to tell, why are they coming up with this one featuring the Lizard? As for the vision, if it's darker, that's the problem here. He even contradicts himself by saying they're searching for what wasn't told before if there wasn't anything new to tell.
"There wasn't enough newness," Arad said. "There was no new story to tell. As we started to discussing this movie ... we knew we needed to find stories that were not told before and we needed to find a director who had his own style and, through his style, the movie would totally feel different because directors tend to bring their own vision on the screen.
Webb said shooting the film in 3-D allowed them to bring fans into the experience of using Spider-Man's powers.Uh oh, they filmed it in 3D? After the catastrophe of Green Lantern, that might prove a problem: people could be turned off by the FX, and the whole gimmick's been wearing off even faster than the appeal of CGI. Judging from the reactions on this Big Hollywood topic, it doesn't sound like anybody's enthused anymore.
I think this could end up being another case of dragging things out, even as a reboot.