[Update: Scroll Down for a second Amazing Spider-Man clip!]
One big difference between director Marc Webb’s approach to The Amazing Spider-Man and director Sam Raimi’s approach to the original Spider-Man movie trilogy, is that Webb has been adamant about using practical effects and stunt work wherever possible – as opposed to the CGI Spider-Man that was heavily relied on in Raimi’s films.
We saw plenty of high-wire stunt work during the filming of Amazing Spider-Man – and today we have a clip from the film that shows one of the exact sequences captured in those set photos. So, is Webb better about conveying Spidey’s web-slinging acrobatics onscreen? This clip would certainly suggest so.
Here, Spider-Man actually looks like a guy in a suit (with mechanical web-shooter devices) trying to get used to this whole “web-slinging” thing. It’s clear that there’s a live actor onscreen, and the movements look more realistic (from a physics perspective) than the often too-smooth grace of the CGI Spidey in the Raimi films. That’s not to sound too righteous, however: Amazing Spider-Man will include a great deal of digital effects work, including the kind of sequences we’ve seen in recent trailers or extended previews, which have Spidey torpedoing his reptilian foe The Lizard, or the pair of warring adversaries chasing each other across a high school ceiling.
The jury is still very much out in regards to whether Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise is going to be a success or not. The 3D in the film is, well, amazing (from what footage I’ve seen), but I’m personally still waiting on that epic, goosebump-inducing feeling from this movie. At most, right now, I can say that it doesn’t look as bad as most people expected; but in the summer of The Avengersand The Dark Knight Rises, is being “not bad” good enough?
UPDATE: If you can sit through (or fast-forward through) the interview segment, check out Emma Stone in a second clip from The Amazing Spider-Man!
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters on July 3, 2012.