Monday, January 30, 2006

Spider-Man 3! What the fuck are they doing?

I asked this question on the last 2IGTV, but unfortunatly Mr.Twomey was as just as much of a loss as I am.
Sam Raimi has delivered non one but two excellent Spider-Man films. There is endless evidence to show that he loves the character passionatly and did everything in his power to create a vision that is true in every respect to the Amazing Spider-Man.
Recent developments however point to him either having some sort of fit and I don't know what this spells for Spidey 3!

Topher Grace- not a bad actor, but not great and most certainly not the first actor I think of when I ask myself who'd be a good Venom? Now I know Venom for want of a better description for those of you who don't visit comic-book land is an intellegent alien shapeshifting thing which covers your body in black ooze, makes you better, stronger and faster but drives you mad in the process. Here's a picture altogether: In the comic book: Venom took control of one of Peter Parker's high-school enemies the 6-foot football player Eddie Brock. 6-foot American football player = Topher "That 70's Show" Grace? You figure it out.

Furthermore, this cutie here (yeah I've a thing for redheads) Bryce Howard, Ron Howard's daughter, has just been cast as Gwen Stacy!!??

Again for you people who don't visit comic-book land, Gwen Stacy
is the comic-book embodiment of teenage love. AICN wrote "...she is that teenage girl that dreamt of all those tomorrows that she'd never live. She was the damsel that wasn't saved. Right when Spidey was getting cocky about web-slinging and soul-saving... he lost another. This one, within his own soul. For serious comics fans, the Gwen Stacy story is sacred text. It is, along with the coming of Galactus - the single greatest Superhero arc of the Silver Age"

Gwen is pivotal in Spider-Man lore as Peter's high-school crush, his first girlfriend and his first love. She ended up being kidnapped by the Green Goblin and died during a bridgetop battle in Amazing Spider-Man issue 121. However as we've seen in the Spider-Man film franchise, they've put Mary Jane Watson, who is actually a later love interest of Peter's who was a model, in the Gwen role, casting Kirsten Dunst as the high-school crush. The original Spider-Man already featured the famous battle on the bridge with the Green Goblin, though a typical Hollywood ending was added, and the character survived. So what in the name of the good Lord God are they doing bringing Gwen in now? She can't be who she is comic-book so why pervert her name for a character who can't be anything she should be?

There is a silver lining to this cloud that's hovering over Spider-Man 3: Thomas Haden Church has been cast as The Sandman and he looks like he fell off the page of the comic book- perfect!

I don't know, is this enough to save the film? Danny Elfman won't be returning to score after apparently having some harsh words with Raimi saying that he was too demanding. And these characters and castings- I'm seriously worried that the whole thing is going to go awry. From what I know at this stage: Ratner's X-Men 3 looks like it's going to be better than this!

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