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.”

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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