First Look: The New Spider-Man

Well, here it is, the first official photograph of Andrew Garfield in costume as Spider-Man for the as-yet untitled reboot film due in 2012.

I have to admit I was shocked that the uniform looks only slightly different than the long underwear that Tobey Maguire wore for the three films directed by Sam Raimi. Not sure that’s such a great idea, since this film is supposed to be a reboot of the franchise. But perhaps director Marc Webb wants to remind folks that this is the “modern” Spider-Man, not the one from the 1977 TV series or the 1967 animated series (the one with the “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can” theme song)? I was never a fan of the texture of the uniform which makes Spidey look kind of… blotchy. I was hoping for a sleeker look. But this is still vastly superior to the odious Green Lantern costume.

Leaving all that aside, I do like this image, because Garfield looks skinny and gawky in the costume, which reminds me of co-creator Steve Ditko’s original version of the character. I’m really happy that they didn’t sew rubber muscles into the costume, but that would have looked ridiculous. In this image, Peter Parker looks battered and somewhat defeated, so perhaps we’ll also be seeing Spidey’s lovable loser persona from the early days of the comic.

Thanks to this photo, I have upgraded my outlook on this movie from “pessimistic” to “wary.”

THE CAPE 1.1, 1.2: Pilot/Tarot

I was prepared to hate NBC’s newest superhero series, THE CAPE. After all, it looked pretty campy, and I just happen to hate circus settings, so things did not look good at the start. Luckily, THE CAPE improved steadily over the course of its inaugural hour.

THE CAPE is refreshingly free of overt camp and snarkiness; at least the initial two hours played the story straight. And the tale was a surprisingly straightforward superhero origin tale: Vince Faraday (David Lyons) was a cop wrongly accused of a crime, and then presumed dead in one of those amazingly unlikely explosions in which no body is found. But he survived, and undertook special training with a mentor to mold himself into a living weapon to strike at his nemesis, corporate mogul Peter Fleming (James Frain) a man so powerful he is untouchable by conventional justice. Vince keeps his true identity a secret in order to protect his loved ones from that menace (who has a sort of villain name of his own, being known as the murderer “Chess”), and yearns to clear his name so his son can grow up proud. That’s a lot of comic baggage for one show. Toss in a sexy sidekick, and you have a TV show.
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