After breaking the rumor earlier in the week that Jamie Bell could be playing Peter Parker in Sony's 3D reboot of Spider-Man, Bleeding Cool is now also reporting that the feature villain for the franchise restart could be The Lizard.
As Spider-Man fans know very well, The Lizard was widely speculated to be a secondary villain for Spider-Man 4 after the character of Dr. Curt Connors had been setup in the previous installments. It was the logical next step and was further rumored as a possible plot line when Dylan Baker, the actor who played the minor role of Dr. Curt Connors in Spider-Man 1 & 2 was confirmed to have joined the cast of Spider-Man 4.
As we know, Sam Raimi wanted John Malkovich to play the Vulture as the movie's main villain and that was a big part of the reason Spider-Man 4 was canned but now it seems they may be going in the direction of the reptilian character.
I really wanted to see The Lizard become a part of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4 because I really enjoyed Dylan Baker's presence on screen. I know he would have made for an awesome character, especially with two rivaling identities but I now have a bit of trouble picturing someone else in the role. Then again, we can say the same for Peter Parker and the rest of the cast since the reboot is happening too so soon.
Perhaps this is the villainous role Michael Fassbender is rumored to have been offered? I think I'd rather see his skills utilized as Magneto in X-Men: First Class.
What do you think of The Lizard as the villain in Spider-Man 3D?
While Jamie Bell could be the leading candidate to play the title role in Spider-Man, we don't yet have any more confirmed updates, so as far as we know, there are still five Peter Parker candidates being looked at by Sony Pictures and director Marc Webb.
The Spider-Man reboot is set to hit theaters July 12, 2012.
Source: Bleeding Cool