Only a mere ten years after the first Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire was released, we get to see a sneak peek at what this new, darker version of the creepy-crawly superhero in The Amazing Spider-Man. Though the title might make this version sound more camp than the previous trilogy (which would be quite a feat!), it is fortunately looks more like the recent dark Batman films (another superhero series that also had to be revamped thanks to Batman & Robin).
Again, we see the events leading up to Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) becoming Spider-Man that was covered in the 2002 Spider-Man, but looks a shitload more credible, or at the very least less silly. This time around Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is the love interest, and Dr Connors aka The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) is the villain (who I always thought was one of the more interesting villains in the ’90s Spider-Man cartoon I watched as a kid, and already looks less annoying than Wilem Dafoe’s Green Goblin).
What will make this film’s action sequences more interesting is that it’s in 3D and the special effects look much, much better than the older CGI filled Spider-Man trilogy that made even the action scenes a snooze fest. Seeing Spidy swinging on his web from building to building will (hopefully) be more interesting if the 3D technology allows him to came right at the audience rather than seeing a computer effect go from place to place.
Released in Australia on 4 July 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man is sure to make Columbia Pictures wad of cash, and maybe even redeem the Spider-Man series much in the same way Batman Begins did for Batman.
Originally published at primomag.com.au on Wednesday 8 February 2012