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Jamie Foxx Talks Electro's Costume in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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December 17, 2012
Source: Black Film

Jamie Foxx / Electro

This Christmas, Jamie Foxx will light up screens as the title character in Quentin Tarantino's epic western Django Unchained, but soon he'll be stepping into entirely new territory: a superhero movie. Foxx will play Electro for director Marc Webb in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, joining the impressive returning cast of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and newcomers like Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson. Foxx has spoken about his upcoming villainous role a bit already, but in a recent interview Foxx talked about the costume he'll be wearing. Comic purists, prepare to be disappointed.

Here's what Foxx told Blackfilm (via ComingSoon) when asked about the classic green and yellow suit:

It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different color. They (the producers) want something for the future. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic bookie, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happen. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.

I remember the fan outcry when Bryan Singer's X-Men came out and the costumes in the movie didn't look like the ones from the comic book, but I'd like to think that fans have moved on past this kind of outrage by now and realized that what works on the page doesn't always work on the screen. There will always be a subset of diehard fans who are disappointed that filmmakers take liberties with characters they love, but even Watchmen, which arguably stuck to its comic source material closer than any other comic book film, still switched the costumes up slightly. And honestly, because Electro's suit was goofy-looking, we chose the above version of the villain to pair with Jamie Foxx instead. I won't say I'm thrilled to see a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, but with a strong talent like Foxx on board, hopefully we can get a villain that's a bit more fleshed out than Rhys Ifans' ridiculous Lizard incarnation was last time. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments

1

I kind of want to see the original costume...

DAVIDPD on Dec 17, 2012

2

Because it would be funny or because you think it would actually work? I think that seeing Foxx in a lion's mane made out of thunderbolts isn't what the film makers are going for here.

Matt Peloquin on Dec 17, 2012

3

Both?

DAVIDPD on Dec 17, 2012

4

I'd like to see a nod to it in the film, perhaps in the window of a Halloween costume store or something.

Matt Peloquin on Dec 18, 2012

5

I am in, I have no issue with the costume change. I would love to see as much as possible from the source comics, but that does not always fit as it looks silly when making a "serious' movie. Watchmen is the best example of following the comics and making changes to ensure no silliness is there. Also I had no problem with X-Men and the change is costume there.

SithTRR on Dec 17, 2012

6

Electro is a pretty lame character, so almost any change they come up with has potential to be an improvement. Although, that being said, the lizard design in ASM was pretty horrendously bad...

Matt on Dec 17, 2012

7

Iike the old trilogy, Everything about this new 1 rubs me the wrong way

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Dec 17, 2012

8

Of course they have to change the costume! The original yellow and green would look really stupid! Let's just hope the bad guy is actually interesting in this sequel, as the lizard was really a big let down in the first one. I mean "reboot".

moutchy on Dec 17, 2012

9

this means more of his crowing about how wonderful, if you don't believe it, just ask me, mentality he broadcasts........ UGH

Rosalee Adams on Dec 17, 2012

10

umm you might want to clarify this a bit . foxx is crowing ?? about his mentality ?? or are you talking about Webb ?

Dominic A on Dec 18, 2012

11

Got to check out black nerd rants YouTube video on Jamie Fox as Electro. Awesome impression.

mooreworthy on Dec 17, 2012

12

sounds like a rejected Frankenstein's Monster...

Jericho on Dec 17, 2012

13

no damn it i need lightning bolt face

croniccris on Dec 20, 2012

14

Wow this site really has a hatred for the Spider-man reboot! Stop spreading your negativity man.

Jme_C on Jan 9, 2013

15

I just feel bad for the poor Schlub who played dr. Connors for 3 movies waiting for his debut lmfao...

Jarret Sherrard on Jan 13, 2013

16

If they want a grounded costume for the film, I saw use the one from "The Spectacular Spider-Man" Cartoon. A rubber insulated suit with mechanical parts and wires the electrical energy flowing though them. I still say that show made the best Electro and actual made me sorry for the poor guy.

fezarecool on Jan 19, 2013

17

this is going to be dumb as hell.. how is he going to be electro when his father is the red skull... who is best buddies with hitler lol.

chitilla773 on Feb 4, 2013

18

Jamie Foxx as Electro. All I can say to you Marc Webb is "Please Pull your Head out of your Ass". You Dumb, Stupid excuse for a director. Unless of course this casting choice is being forced upon you, only then will I retract my comment.

Nightwing1 on Mar 4, 2013

19

How about casting him as a different character

JukeBoxBaby on Mar 11, 2013

20

- Nothing like a racist Electro. Will he go on a Booty Call?

darnel on Mar 21, 2013

21

Lol, they want Electro "grounded". Yeah, so.... they don't want this comic book movie to be comic-booky. Makes sense. Thanks for saving me some cash. Won't be seeing it.

Craig Williams on Apr 21, 2013

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