The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb announced at ComicCon Friday that his Spider-Man reboot has a villain, and it’s The Lizard. Rhys Ifans, who was cast in the picture awhile ago, will play Dr. Curt Connors, and a lot of CGI guys working with a lot of Red Bull in their veins will play The Lizard. Webb also showed footage of the bad boy in action. It’s not available for mass consumption yet, but click the jump for what we know.

NerdBastards’ own Luke Gallagher, who’s at SDCC right now (bastard), actually got a glimpse of Spidey’s latest foe, and said he bore a pretty strong resemblance to Batman’s Killer Croc. If that’s not enough for you (and really, why shouldn’t it be? Honestly, it’s like you want us to slave away all day for you people…nevermind.), here’s a pretty detailed description from the fine folks at io9.

We’re first introduced to the human Curt Connors at Oscorp. Gwen Stacey, who is working at Oscorp, has brought her science-minded classmates in to meet Connors. Referring to his missing right arm, Connors says, “Before you ask, yes. I’m a southpaw, not a cripple.” He then announces he has a plan to cure his one-armed condition. Peter Parker wonders if it’s through cross-species genetics; zebra fish can, after all, regenerate cells. Connors is impressed.

We quickly transition to Connors testing his regenerative serum on himself. Sure enough, his hand is reborn. “I’m stronger!” he cries with delight. “I am beautiful.”

But then, of course, things go south.

The CG Lizard appears in a high school girls bathroom (and revealed to two unlucky high school girls). He’s a giant beast, green with oversized arms, and a proportionally smaller head and enormous yellow eyes. He doesn’t have a crocodile head — more of a cross between a lizard and a human’s, with a flat nose, but a grotesque curled mouth. As the two girls are pinned to the wall in fear, a long pink tongue unfurls from his mouth, and we see a row of pointed teeth. The level of detail is impressive — the Lizard actually does look wet, and you can see each individual scale. And yes — he and his tongue were in 3D.

Doesn’t sound too shabby, but I’m still not very excited. I’ve never been a big Spidey guy anyway, but after seeing the trailer for the thing, I’m starting to worry we’re getting the Edward Cullenish, angst-ridden emo Spider-Man this time, and what use is Web Head to anyone if he’s not cracking wise and swinging from buildings at the same time? I pray I’m wrong about this, but I’ve got a bad vibe.

At any rate, Rhys Ifans is a fine actor, and The Lizard is among the more threatening villains in Spidey’s rogues gallery, so we might be in for some cool superhero battles. Did someone at least mention the possibility of Carnage or Hobgoblin, though? And yeah, I know the image we picked is really old, but I like the idea of a guy who can shift into a hideous monster and keep his coat crisp and unripped.


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