So far there’s been a lot more discussion about how The Amazing Spider-Man will differ from Sam Raimi’s movie trilogy about the webslinger – and less about how the two may be alike.
According to Rhys Ifans, who’s playing Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in the Spidey reboot, one quality the two will share is having a villain who’s less evil incarnate, and more of a flawed character.
Some fans have complained about how Raimi’s Spider-Man flicks never really featured a “pure” villain; instead, the antagonists were always a flawed figure who was corrupted by the darker side of ambition – or whose evil actions were inspired by some tragic event(s) in their past. So there’s been some question as to whether or not Amazing Spider-Man‘s version of The Lizard would be (or not be) more of a black-and-white opponent for Peter Parker.
In an interview with Hero Complex, Ifans had the following to say about his version of Dr. Connors in The Amazing Spider-Man:
“Absolutely, Curt Connors is by no stretch an evil villain. He’s not like the Batman villains, like the Joker, who are the embodiment of evil. Curtis Connors is a great man who makes a bad decision. That’s the whole magic of the Spider-Man idea. These people are the embodiment of our flaws and our desires that lead to tragedy. Curt Connors is a man with one arm and he wants to grow his arm back. He has access to a science that can enable that. But he has to make a moral decision, an ethical decision, to achieve that. In a story both he and Peter Parker are presented with these amazing abilities, and it’s about this gift that life gives us. More than any other super-hero, Spider-Man presents us with something very local in its ethics. It’s not messianic. It’s far more tangible. He is, again, a working-class hero.”
Those of you who prefer the bad guys in comic book movies to not be of the bleeding heart variety… well, The Amazing Spider-Man probably won’t give you what you’re looking for. Then again, Spider-Man villains in general have a history of being more on the ambiguous side of the moral divide, so this news shouldn’t be all that shocking.
As mentioned before, the Amazing Spider-Man creative team has gone on before about the film having a more naturalistic tone and being more grounded in style than Raimi’s movies. Ifans once again emphasized that point in his interview as well:
“… Not to be disparaging to the other movies at all but they were kind of going a certain way and ['Amazing Spider-Man' director Marc Webb] has rolled it back to its delicate, human domesticity. Spider-Man is a working-class hero. He’s an everyman. And I think Marc as a director and Andrew [Garfield] in his performances are doing special — we’re reclaiming the poetry of the hero and of the story.”
Spider-Man stories (be they in comic book, cartoon, or live-action film form) have always addressed the struggles of being a masked superhero, while also facing the difficulties of being a teenager making the transition into adulthood. It’s no surprise then that Ifans has confirmed that Amazing Spider-Man won’t break from that tradition:
“… It’s the human condition in flux — in physical flux but in moral and emotional flux as well. The teenage state, interestingly, is a state of flux too, it’s riddled with hormones and change, and Spider-Man more than any other hero is a metaphor for puberty.”
The Amazing Spider-Man was written by James Vanderbilt, Steve Kloves and Alvin Sargent and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan and Chris Zylka.
The Amazing Spider-Man will swing into theaters on July 3rd, 2012.
Source: LA Times