Y’know what sucks about having over-developed foresight? The fact that it only seems to work in regards to the fate of ill-concieved movie projects. I can’t call the Lottery or win a card game to save my life, but are you wondering who or what to short on the Hollywood Stock Exchange? Cuz if so, I’m your man.
The GOOD thing about it? I’m typically through with the stages of fanboy-outrage and into “acceptance” (or, rather, “whatever”) pretty quick. Case in point: I find myself unable to summon the energy to give a damn about, say, J.J. Jameson being left out of The SpideReboot – yeah, kinda dissapointing in theory; but I kinda used up all my surplus-irritation for this mess back when they announced it, so every new detail just hits me with a middling sense of “lousy-sounding movie sounds slightly lousier, we’ll find out next year.”
Case in point: This weekend’s meh-inducing panic-button were the above-pictured spy-snaps of Andrew Garfield’s stuntman wearing a “stunt version” of the new Spidey-Suit, giving us a (sort-of) first look at the full design and the new mask. (The metal “spats” on the feet are probably to help the stunt-guy run, instead of a “real” part of the costume.)
It’s not substantially more “revealing” than the first official shot from last week, nor is there any significant newness worth writing home about. They’ve gone with much smaller eyes, mainly, and you can more clearly see the how much more “busy” the design is: The blue parts are “broken up” into segments by lines, the strips of red up the arms is super-thin to the point of looking like racing-stripes and there are “matching” ones going down the back of the legs. You can also see that the interior of the gloves has blue fingers. Still immediately recognizable, but like I said… “busier.” I’ll be honest: I think all the extra detailing is kinda ugly-looking. Devin over at BAD thinks it looks like Ben Reilly’s version from the books, which it sorta does and which is perversely appropriate.
What I DO hope this view of a harshly-lit, non-“battle-damaged” version of it does it put to rest this bullshit meme that this version looks more “home-made” than the one from the earlier films. No, it doesn’t. It’s same style with the same fabric-pattern and even the same raised-webs. Neither of them look anything like something a teenager can make in his house, neither has any live-action Spider-Man suit ever filmmed except the wrestling-costumed from the first one, maybe. And for that matter… why would anyone want it to? In a movie where a guy becomes a superhero – as opposed to a cancer patient – from a radioactive spider-bite, is the sewing skill really where you hinge the suspension of disbelief?