Holy shit, the Spider-man musical might not be complete and utter crap. After receving some serious rewriting and tweaking from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Hey, would you look at that, a comic book writer with experience writing the character. Why didn’t they think of that before?), Spider-man: Turn of the Dark has been transformed into a halfway decent musical. Spidey fan and writer of the upcoming, The Amazing Spider-man, Dan Slott recently reviewed the revamped show via Twitter,
Yep! I just came back from the ALL-NEW ver of @SpideyOnBway… and, WALOPING WEB-SNAPPERS, it IS new and IMPROVED! WOO-HOO! You know who’s the hero who saved Spidey? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, that’s who!!! Roberto’s new book and lyrics for @SpideyOnBway are FUN! 🙂 Now, when Spidey fights during TURN OFF THE DARK, he QUIPS!!! He didn’t B4, and now that he does: it’s SPIDEY again! YAY! @SpideyOnBway
Great to hear Spider-man is fun and wisecracking again. His humor is a really important element of his characters, it’s kind of appalling he was portrayed so serious before. In addition to the show lightening up, Slott also raved about the improved stunt choreagraphy, tweeting, “No stopping. Not even once. All good, all the way through! 🙂 And all the stunts and ADDED flying sequences were AWESOME!” You can’t help but be swept up in Slott’s childlike enthusiasm. He’s like a little girl screaming with glee over their favorite teen idol.
The lesson here: Want something fixed? Use a comic book writer! 🙂 In TURN OFF THE DARK, know what Peter says after Uncle Ben dies? “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!” He DIDN’T B4! They FIXED IT!
Peter didn’t originally say the freaking most popular Spider-man quote!? What the hell were the original writers even thinking?! Hadn’t they even watched a commercial for any of the three Raimi flicks where that phrase was peppered incessantly? Come on, people! Sounds like we have a lot to thank Aguirre-Sacasa for, “the hero who saved Spidey.”
Make sure you read Slott’s entire tweeted review, smiley faces, caps and exclamations galore, over at Comics Beat. The future sounds promising for Spider-man on Broadway. Now if they can keep the cast out of the emergency room, things should be okay.