July 18, 2011


One of the most anticipated panels at this year’s Comic-Con is Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Directed by Marc Webb, the film marks a reboot of the franchise following Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s first trilogy, and fans are eager to see how this new version of Spidey stacks up. Steve spoke with screenwriter Steve Kloves last week at length about the project, and now Webb has opened up, discussing how he plans to reinvent the character, the favoring of practical stuntwork over CGI, and the pressure of impressing audiences at this week’s Comic-Con. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Speaking with Hero Complex, Webb talked about how his reinvention of Spider-Man manifests itself in the film:

“Peter Parker is a science whiz. If you look back to the early Stan Lee and Steve Ditko comics, he’s a nerd with big glasses. What was important in those early comics was this notion that Peter Parker is an outsider and how we define that in a contemporary context.”

The director also spoke about how his Peter Parker will differ from Raimi’s:

“So much of the DNA of the character is the fact that he was a kid when he got bit. He is imperfect, he is immature and has a bit of a punk rock instinct. In his soul he’s still a 90-pound weakling even after [the transformative bite].”

With regards to the stuntwork, Webb said that he wanted to take a much more practical approach as opposed to relying on CGI, especially with the web slinging scenes:

“One of the things we tried to do was keep the stunts more grounded physically and that was a huge challenge because you have a character whose abilities are superhuman…We spent months and months and months developing rigs so he could swing in a way that wasn’t computer-generated. Obviously there’s going to be enhancements and CG [sequences], but it’s based in a physical reality and that’s a new technique [for this film brand].”

Finally, Webb commented on the pressure of impressing the Comic-Con audience:

“A lot of our credibility is based on fan perception in some way. I’m really excited to connect with the fans. I feel like we’ve been a little bit under the radar in terms of our communication. I think it’s a great way to announce the new qualities that we’re putting out there and just connect with the audience in a way that we haven’t before.”

It’s good to hear that Webb is approaching the character from a fairly different perspective than Raimi’s Spider-Man films. While the project sounds promising, we’ll have a much better idea of what’s in store for us after the film’s Comic-Con panel this week. Be sure to check back here on Collider for full-scale coverage from the Con. The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd, 2012.

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