While the full Amazing Spider-Man trailer offers a brief look at Dr. Curt Connors’ Lizard form (as brought to life by actor Rhys Ifans, via motion-capture performance), the most complete early peeks of the character revealed to date have been delivered courtesy of ASM tie-in merchandise – including, a Lizard Pez Dispenser and remote control – along with some early conceptual artwork for the villain’s design in the Spidey movie franchise reboot.
Today, we have a handful of pics revealing both the official Lizard Halloween costume and Hasbro action figure line for The Amazing Spider-Man, which truly offer the most comprehensive look at the character’s physical appearance (for better or for worse).
To refresh your memory: here is the official explanation for why Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) ends up crossing paths with Dr. Connors – and, thereafter, inadvertently provides the scientist with vital information which leads to his doomed regeneration experiment:
As Peter (Garfield) discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner.
Check out the “results” of Connors’ research by perusing through the Lizard costume and toy images, below:
While some fans have expressed their support for this primary incarnation of Lizard (assuming the character doesn’t undergo too many additional mutations in the film), the majority of Spidey fans currently seem to be either unimpressed with the character’s design – or they find it outright laughable. That Connors’ reptilian form in ASM bears more than a passing resemblance to the look of the Goombas in the infamous live-action Super Mario Bros. movie hasn’t helped matters.
Even though Amazing Spider-Man (as a whole) is being heavily influenced by the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic book series – rather than Stan Lee/Steve Ditko’s original 1960s run with the character, which largely served as the template for director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man - the reboot’s iteration of The Lizard actually harkens back to the character’s original form, as presented in Issue #6 of Lee and Ditko’s “Amazing Spider-Man” comics. So, in that respect, we’ll actually be getting a pretty traditional rendition of the character (see below, for the proof):
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Of course, no matter how goofy or unintentionally campy the costume and toy version of The Lizard may look (which, as mentioned before, is a matter of opinion), what’s most important is how well the actual CGI version of the character functions in The Amazing Spider-Man. The jury won’t be in on that matter until after the movie hits theaters – or, at least, not before more footage of the villain in motion is unveiled.
We shall see how it all turns out when The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.