In the wake of the artistic and commercial success of The Dark Knight, pilule there was a bit of handwringing throughout the nerd community (the term “nerd, shop ” by the way, doctor has lost any sort of negative connotation, and we use it in that spirit) that film studios would feel the need to create “dark” superhero movies, in which the mise-en-scene is perpetually dimly lit and portents of doom attach to every plot development. The reboot of the Spider-Man franchise is clearly in line with the trend, a shift that’s made more explicit when viewing the newly released official trailer (especially compared to trailer no. 1). Its somber tone is established right away with Peter Parker’s voiceover, decrying his uneasy existence, the opposition of numerous enemies and the mystery surrounding his parents. Thankfully the film isn’t all doom and gloom, as there are thrilling action set pieces in store, along with a good look at the film’s villain, the Lizard. Directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Denis Leary, The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3rd.
“The Lizard” is by far my favorite Spiderman villain (although Carnage is filthy, too). But with the newest trailer for the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” film-making its way online Thursday night, I’m that much more geeked to see Andrew Garfield do his thing.