“Spider-Man” Reboot Gets Official Title

2/19/2011 Posted by Admin

“Spider-Man” Reboot Gets Official Title

Movie News

By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto

Although some fans will insist that it is far too soon to jump back into this property (and other fans will argue that it’s never too soon to see someone else take a stab at such an iconic character), the reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise is already in production and is set to be released in 3-D next year. While details regarding the plot are virtually non-existent, we do at least have an official title now: “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

According to /Film, the title was announced by the studio this week, coinciding with the release of a new official image of Andrew Garfield in the Spider-Man suit. Although it isn’t a major departure from the Raimi-era costume—it’s kind of tricky to make changes to such a simple design—dedicated fans will notice that two little devices around the wrists indicate that the filmmakers have opted to go the “mechanical web-shooters” route. (In the original comics, Peter Parker invented both his webbing and the device used to project it; in the film series, it was simply another power he had developed).

The darker colors of the costume also suggest that we may be in for a “gritty” reboot, although that doesn’t exactly make sense given the title the filmmakers have decided to go with. “The Amazing Spider-Man” brings to mind the slightly goofy, campiness of the original comic book series, whereas the few images we have from this film indicate that we may be in for a treatment of the character that is inspired by its more current incarnations.

The title could be ironic, of course. That’s the cool thing to do these days.

Anyway, wherever you stand on this project, there are reasons to be optimistic. Most comic books films in recent years have done best when the studio focused on hiring a director with a unique creative vision, rather than some studio drone who can choreograph action skillfully but lacks any storytelling sensibilities. Marc Webb may not have the resume of a Jon Favreau or Christopher Nolan, but his work on “500 Days of Summer” displayed a strong balance of humor, sensitivity, and practical filmmaking skill.

As far as casting goes, even if the duo of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has not done much to impress you yet, the supporting characters—played by such accomplished thespians as Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Dennis Leary—will certainly add up to an impressive ensemble.

Is it too soon for this? We’ll let you know when we find out how it all turned out.

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