The Avengers is smashing box office records Hulk-style around the world and The Dark Knight Rises looks to do the same when it opens in July, but the third of this summer’s heavily-hyped superhero blockbusters The Amazing Spider-Man is the one both thrill-seeking audiences and longtime fans of the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko creation will watching the closest.
Trailers and stills from the much-derided reboot released in recent months have been greeted with mixed reactions. Most of their vitriol directed at the movie centers on the look of the latest villain to oppose Spidey (this time played by Andrew Garfield) on the big screen: Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), the brilliant scientist whose quest to grow back his missing arm results in his transformation into the Lizard.
As seen in the movie the Lizard – rendered largely by CGI – is quite larger and more intense than his classic comic counterpart, but fans have widely (and loudly) objected to a key ingredient in the character’s signature appearance that seemed to be missing from his cinematic treatment… his trademark white lab coat. Recently Sony Pictures released a new set of five images from The Amazing Spider-Man, one of which features the Lizard menacing an unfortunate bystander while wearing what appears to be… well what do ya know? A white lab coat!
Personally I don’t care if the Lizard wears a pink tutu and a Viking helmet or a pair of boxer shorts and a pork pie hat emblazoned with the Love My Carpet logo. As long as the character presents a capable threat for our web-slinging hero and all of the necessary elements – such as performance, writing, and the visual effects – come together, the Lizard’s choice of wardrobe won’t rankle me even the slightest.
The lab coat is an integral part of the character’s look and I can certainly respect the fans wanting to see the Lizard wear it; the real shame is that after being set up over the course of two of the three Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi Dr. Connors (as played then by Dylan Baker) was never given the chance to assume villain duties as the Lizard in a future Raimi-directed sequel. It is widely assumed that’s exactly what would have happened had Raimi’s proposed Spider-Man 4 gone forward before it was cancelled in lieu of the franchise reboot, which has been overseen by 500 Days of Summer directed Marc Webb.
I’m just happy they’re only going with one villain this time, but if The Amazing Spider-Man proves to be a smash with audiences future sequels could pile on the baddies, as Hollywood is wont to do.
You can check out the rest of the new stills from the film at Apple.
The Amazing Spider-Man also stars Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The movie opens in 2D and 3D on July 3, 2012. A new trailer is expected to premiere this weekend attached to prints of The Avengers. That couldn’t hurt its chances.