Super hero origins are scarred territory when it comes to the comic book genre — without an origin most heroes would be nothing more then crazed people wearing tight spandex.
So when two Hollywood studios decide to reboot two huge comic book franchises, the question must be asked: are they going to keep the origin stories pure? Nope. According to several sources, the post-Avengers films The Amazing Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and director Marc Webb, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures Superman reboot, Man of Steel, will be getting altered tales of their creation.
Since both studios are looking to reboot their respective money makers, I suppose was always a possibility, but is this the right move?
A small warning, the following is going to contain spoilers, so if your afraid of ruining the movie for yourself, get ready to skip the following.
Spider-Man’s origin is well known: a nerd gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gains all the powers of said spider, as well as the ability to attract smoking hot red-heads. That last part is more implied, but that’s Spider-Man in a nutshell. However, The Amazing Spider-Man is going the route of 2003’s Ang Lee directed Hulk, making his powers a result of a dormant mutation his father is responsible for giving him. The events at the beginning of the franchise, the iconic spider bite, is nothing more then a kick start to Peter’s puberty gene.
Previous reports suggest that this “untold story” matches up with plot points from early previews and expands upon information rarely touched on in the Sam Raimi original. It’s sounds absurd that the studio would make such a change, but at least the Superman camp is giving them a run for their money.
As Brian Singer’s Superman Returns showed, the DC hero never really had a great reboot to begin with, Brandon Routh practically turned the “Man of steel” into a whinny wuss for two hours. After striking that mis-step from their records the studio thought it best to revamp the legend of the boy from Krypton. Gone is the alien refugee who crash lands on Earth, make way for the full-fledged alien prince, destined to save our planet from destruction. Granted, it’s not as big of a change as the Amazing Spider-Man alteration, and in a way, it actually adds to the story of Kal-El written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. The pair helped bring Batman back into the fold as a solid Hollywood blockbuster, so if anyone can make this change creditable it’s the team of Goyer and Nolan.
What do you think? Are these changes really worth pissing off a percentage of the viewing audience or is it something we’re just going to have to deal with it like the grown adults that we are?
The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters on July 3rd, 2012. The Man of Steel is tentatively scheduled for a June 14th, 2013 release.
Source: Screen Rant