Now that the Super Bowl is over, all gazes are firmly turned towards the summer, where a number of blockbuster movies await us. One of those is “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the latest take on the web slinging superhero.
Latino Review has some quotes from director Marc Webb in an interview he gave to Comic-Con Annual magazine. Here’s one to get you started:
Looking at the trailers and the poster, this film seems to have a bit of a darker tone to it, yet Spidey has always been a wisecracking, fun kind of super-hero. Are you able to maintain that humor in your film?
Webb: There’s this trickster quality we were very keen on exploring, with that humor and that fun and that wisecracking stuff. We wanted to keep that alive, but we wanted it to be realistic. We wanted that humor to come from a real place. My aim was to create a world where you could feel all those emotions. There are certainly darker, more intense feelings in this movie. There is betrayal, there is tragedy, but there’s also humor and romance. So it’s a very complex bouquet of emotions, but what you have to tread on is what feels authentic and what feels real, and you have to earn those different emotions. There are moments of furiousness and gravity, absolutely. But are there moments of humor and levity and whimsy? Absolutely. Andrew was really great. He used this term to describe Peter Parker in Spider-Man and Spider-Man in particular: he’s a trickster. He was like “How would Spider-Man web this guy? He’d give him a wedgy or he’d dos some awful graffiti.” There’s a punk rock quality to Peter Parker that’s really irreverent and fun and that’s something that Andrew embodies in a way that we haven’t seen before. Certainly the materials that have come out have a darker sentiment or there’s a darker projection, but we’re very keen on staying loyal to the humor of Spider-Man.
In the interview, Webb talks about how this is NOT a remake of the Sam Raimi films, why they decided to focus on Gwen Stacey as opposed to Mary Jane Watson, and how they use 3D in making the film; you can read the rest here.
I’ve said a million times that I don’t have a lot of enthusiasm for this movie. Webb’s “(500) Days of Summer” was one of my most hated movies of the 2000s so far, which doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in me. There’s casting that doesn’t thrill me. But I know a lot of people are excited about it, so yeah, well, I guess I hope it will be okay.