Warning: the following was written under the influences of Nerd Rage, and therefore Atomic Moo is not responsible for any comments and the views and opines do not represent that of Atomic Moo’s.
Tomorrow the Amazing Spider-Man comes to theaters. About a week ago Scott Shaw (famed animator and artist) commented on Facebook on how he was underwhelmed at the look of the lizard in the new film and he preferred Steve Ditko’s original look of the character. When I read his post on Facebook my first thought was “yeah, Steve Ditko is the man.” Then I started to look at my old triads of Spider-Man, it was then that it dawned on me that their take on the Lizard was pretty close to Ditko’s. I had miss-remembered Ditko’s Lizard, and remembered the Lizard from the 90’s.
Now, I am no fan of the new Spider-Man film. I don’t plan on watching the film, I don’t even plan on watching the film online through a web site of ill repute. Spider-Man is iconic, and to change the costume the way they did in my mind does nothing but dishonors the men who worked on spider-man for almost 50 years. The costume in the film has a slit resemblance to the Ben Reilly Spider-Man but its still a long way away from that.
To my discontent, I have watched the trailer of this new film and there are two things that really piss me off. One is Spider-Man can’t seem to keep his mask on his face. Just within the trailer there are three scenes were his mask get removed in public. I know you want to give your actor screen time but Spider-Man wears a mask. And yes Peter is the guy we are routing for, but he needs that mask more then we need to see his face. The second thing that tweaks my nipple is that in the trailer we find out that Gwen Stacy will discover that her Boyfriend is Spider-Man. Something she never learns in the comics. Her father, the Chief of Police, dies in the comics and Gwen blames Spider-Man. So good old Peter can never tell the women he loves that he is Spider-Man. A much stronger story then the one that will appear on the screen tomorrow.
In Closing, I am sad because of this new film, and yes to get back to Scott Shaw’s point the Lizard is weak compared to what he has been in the comics. I am not the first person to point out that the Lizard looks like a Gooma from the Super Mario Bro’s Film.
I guess what I trying to get at is that this new film is not what Spider-Man can be. And for the next couple of months your gonna have to put up with stupid people saying “it was a good film!”