500 Days of Spider-Man!

s-ANDREW-GARFIELD-SPIDER-MAN-largeSo, the verdict is in, and the new Spider-Man is not a cool black guy, its a poncy, English-raised American named Andrew Garfield. He was in that post-life Heath Ledger movie,  ”The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. The director meanwhile is Marc Webb, director of the legendary chick flick, “500 Days of Summer”. And even more amazing, or bizarre, is that the new film will be shot in 3D! To me, this a whole clusterfuck of strange news. I understand they had to re-boot Spider-Man because director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire left due to scheduling conflicts, and that Spider-Man 3 was a massive creative abortion, but I’m not yet sold on this creative team at all. Can a romantic, weepy indie director like Webb pull off a 3D action nerd extravaganza? Like I detailed in my Donald Glover post, I wanted the producers to take a more bold 21st century type leap with the franchise…instead we are getting a potential Twilight-esque action flick aimed at scooping up teenage girls along the way. As more news comes out on the development of this movie, I’ll be posting my thoughts and opinions.  Stay tuned Spidey fans.

Donald Glover 4 Spider-Man!

Filed under: Blog,Willie Simpson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Willie Simpson @ 9:48 am June 2, 2010

donaldgloverRecently, there has been one of those things called a meme, basically a viral idea, that has attacked the internet with force.  This one concerns Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.  With Tobey Maguire gone, the titular (hah) role is open to just about anybody, and a group of folks on Facebook had the bright idea of electing one Donald Glover to play the role of Spider-Man.  Glover, a veteran writer of NBC’s 30 Rock, a star of NBC’s Community, as well as a founding member of the wildly successful underground comedy team known as DERRICK, would be perfect for the role.  He is a young, skinny, athletic looking, comedian, all key qualities to the Spider-Man character.  These traits fit right in with the apparent goal of the re-boot, which is to take Peter Parker back to his high school days, and have the series connect more with a teenage audience.  As you might have guessed, Donald is a black man, which is a detail that has raised the ire of certain comic book purists, now desperately fighting for their opinion that Spider-Man should remain white, without trying to appear racist.  Here is my glorious opinion on the matter.  You “purists” are wrong on every count.  Lets start by listing them one by one, and I’ll tackle all the complaints after.

1.  Peter Parker has always been portrayed as a poor adopted white boy from Queens.

Wait…is that it?  That’s the only complaint?  Hmm…short list…Ok, well, this will be easier then I thought (Suit up for some sarcasm, Spidey fans) (more…)