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.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Nice screenshot. Even though I've been defending Webb and Garfield from day one I was very disappointed with the trailer. In the trailer it looks like Spider-Man and the words are words that Spider-Man would say but the delivery/acting from everyone was terrible IMO. Similar to Jurassic Park 3 vs the first two; something just seems to be missing. Seems like Webb was a little too much music-video-Webb and not enough 500-Days-of-Summer-Webb. At least it looks like this version will be more faithful to the comics. Hopefully David Fincher didn't make Garfield and JGL didn't make Webb. Spidey's costume was already perfect btw
Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012
I think the Lizard looks great! You got the right scales coloration, skin texture, and overall look of a humanoid lizard. I just really wanna get a better glimpse/look of the face....I know that's gonna be the key component that'll make everyone believe it'll be a great villain character. (hoping for the serrated teeth and serpent tongue...fingers crossed)!
JBrotsis on Feb 9, 2012
Lizard would look a little better with the distressed-look white lab coat like in the comics. Also his face, at the moment, looks a lot like Goomba from that 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie.
Max Renn on Feb 9, 2012
Am I the only one who thinks this looks quite ropey? They need to tidy up the effects before release. Big Spider-Man fan here, but can't say I'm holding a lot of hope for this...
Jeremy on Feb 9, 2012
why we didnt like spiderman to scale of batman? because spidy is colorful and batman is more black and white.yes.people have pain in all kind.people have problem.and also yes spidy have his problem too but his problem is very weak in scale of batman.spidy is shy and batman is scared. sony have great decision that make dark tune to spidy.yes darker spidy is very powerful for us until that sam raimi deliver to us.also spidy 1 2 3 was great.but i think this one is a good rival for dark knight rises
Davodiehsan on Feb 9, 2012
the lizard looks horrid just like a Goomba from Super Mario Bros. movie! i dont understand why they make supposed creatures looks human?!? and why is spider man always fighting with out his mask?
happy camper on Feb 10, 2012
Because Hollywood is lame.
Max Renn on Feb 11, 2012
I believe we can draw a parallel between the the Marc Webb Spider-Man reboot and the Christopher Nolan Batman reboot. The 90s Batman films started out great (like the early 2000s Spider Man films) but eventually fell flat with the final installments (Batman and Robin = Spider Man 3). With the Nolan Batman reboot, they adjusted the tone and feel, making it much darker (similar to what they're doing here with Spider Man). They also played it smart and centered it around villains who had never been featured before (Scarecrow and Ra's al Ghul), saving the archnemesis for the second installment (The Joker). Now, we have the Lizard for this first installment, and if they play it really smart they'll bring in a kick-ass Green Goblin for the second. Some may say that nobody could replace William Defoe as Green Goblin, but I ask you --- who felt the same way with Jack Nicholson as Joker? I think they're on the right track and this film has potential to be awesome. I hope beyond hope that it doesn't feel rushed (like Thor, which was otherwise a great movie). I'm impressed with the second trailer and look forward to this summer (however, this also concerns me, because I was also impressed with the second Green Lantern trailer as well).
The BlueScreener on Feb 11, 2012
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