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Entertainment News: First Look at New Spidey

Andrew Garfield Dons the Spandex

Above: Columbia Pictures releases the first image of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

Well there's nothing new under the Hollywood sun these days. So prepare for remakes, revamps, and reboots in 2011. Here's a first look at the new actor in the Spidey reboot.

Andrew Garfield had a stellar year as an actor in 2010 delivering a knockout performance in "Red Riding," subtle work in "Never Let Me Go," and contributing to a fine ensemble in "The Social Network." Now he dons the spandex to take over the role of Spider-Man in the reboot of the successful Marvel franchise. Why it needs a reboot? Well no real reason except everyone wants to cash in on Spidey's popularity. This is the first look the studio has given of Garfield as the web-slinging superhero. He's got the acting chops to pull it off and the charm. But whether he can convince us he's the new Spider-Man and Peter Parker will all depend on the script and director (at the moment the director is slated to be "(500) Days of Summer's" Marc Webb). Sam Raimi was the perfect guy to bring the comic book hero to life back in 2002. We'll have to wait and see what this latest incarnation will be like. On first glance it looks like not much change to the image although Garfield's not looking very buff in this shot. But at least he's not going for the CGI abs of Ryan Reynolds in "Green Lantern." I will remain cautiously optimistic about this new Spidey.

You might also want to check out Garfield's "The Social Network" co-star Rooney Mara. She is also getting a makeover of sorts to play Lisbeth Salander in the American remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

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Avatar for user 'Mike808'

Mike808 | January 18, 2011 at 7:24 a.m. ― 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm old. I read comics when I was a kid. I feel that the majority of the comic based movies are horrible. I can understand small changes and I don't expect the movie to be exactly the same as the comic. But it seems to me that it's all crap, just graphics and flash to hook you. Not that that's bad, but the stories are weak.
I liked the Sam Raimi series. I'm not interested in the new Spiderman. Not interested in Thor, Xmen (totally way off from the comics), or Avengers.
Comics where they have done a good transition to movies are Batman (Christian Bale series), Watchmen, Spiderman (Sam Raimi), Sin City, 30 days of night, etc.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 20, 2011 at 8:58 a.m. ― 6 years, 1 month ago

Yes there's a lot of crap out there and some of the stuff on the horizon doesn't inspire much hope but you did name quite a few good ones. I think Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy is quite good and I think Edgar Wright did a great job of bringing Scott Pilgrim to the screen. But films like Jonah Hex and the current Green Hornet (technically a radio show rather than specifically a comic book adaptation) are painful.

Thanks for the comment.

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