Marc Webb Briefly Chats 'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer & The Lizard
The Untold Story? "People don't know what to expect, and I think it's really important for us to establish exactly why we believe it's an important thing to do," director Marc Webb tells THR, trying to explain their position with the new trailer. We all just saw the rather awesome second trailer for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, which looks darker, more realistic, but still emotional, and that's due in large part to Webb. Hollywood Reporter was the first to catch up with him following the highly successful preview event, and got him to talk briefly about their status and his thoughts on the Lizard, now that we've seen ’em.
"We've been working in our secret laboratory for so long that it's nice to get it out," Webb told them at the VES Awards last night. As for his reaction to the preview event: "It was really wonderful; I mean, I enjoyed the events in particular, because it was very affirming." Later that evening they dropped the second trailer online and it seemed to impress fans as well. Webb was asked about how and why they showed what they did: "We felt it was really important to give the audience a more specific idea of what the film would look like. When you do a teaser trailer [like the one last July] it's always tricky, because we were still shooting the movie when that was being cut." But now they can let it all out, including our glimpse at the villain Lizard.
"We spent a lot of time thinking about the biology of a lizard, and how his muscles work, and there's an entire staff of people dedicated to making him look lifelike," Webb said. "It is an extraordinary task, and very, very difficult. It takes a lot of time, which a lot of people in this room [VES Awards] can attest to."
What did you guys think of how The Lizard looked? From what I could tell, he seems to get bigger as the movie goes on, as he grows obviously. I love the shot at the end of the tower (seen below), which looks great.
But there's another key component to this new trailer - Peter and Gwen, played by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. "This time we wanted to show Peter and Gwen a little bit more," Webb says. "To get to know more of the characterization, and a lot of the visual effects stuff that we've been working on, just to display the attitude of the film that we're trying to create." That includes tone, too: "There's tonal differences, which are a little difficult to express except for in trailer form, or in the film itself, because it's more of a subjective term. But those are all things that we felt like deserved their day in the sun." It sounds like he almost wants us to go search and find all these differences between the trailers, but I'm happy with the new one anyway.
I really hope we get to hear more from Webb soon, he's a smart guy and has been working quietly to make this awesome. And whenever he gets to talk about that, it's easy to understand the passion behind it and why it looks so good. We've heard from Webb before (here and here) and we hopefully will hear a lot more from him to come. In the meantime, watch the trailer again if you haven't, and let us know if you think this is turning out to be everything you'd hoped (or maybe didn't know you wanted?) with a new Spider-Man.