A costume is something that all comic book geeks can identify with. It defines a character and sticks in our memory as a part of what that character represents. In the comic books, costume designs for the heroes and villains can go unaltered for decades – until they reach the hands of Hollywood, that is. That’s when things can change for better or worse.
The costumes in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man have so far been a great example of keeping things traditional. Even with a giant Hollywood budget, the designers tried to stay as close to the original as they could and still kept Spidey recognizable. So imagine our surprise to hear that Jamie Foxx, who will play Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, will not wear the classic green and yellow we’re all familiar with. It’s almost like telling us Mary Jane isn’t actually a red head.
While doing press for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, Foxx brought BlackFilm up to speed on the more “grounded” appearance of former electrical engineer Maxwell Dillon.
“It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different color. They (the producers) want something for the future. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic bookie, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happen. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”
As for how he’ll be portrayed in the sequel, Foxx had some words of encouragement on the work of screen writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci:
“In the script, this villain is the first time it’s be written well. Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb both commented on how great the script is, so it should be an exciting time.”
Oh Jamie, your way with words will never cease to amaze us. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with for the final look of Electro, but maybe the costume department will be smart and avoid all the CGI that their last villain had. The next installment in the yet unnamed sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley and is set to start shooting in early 2013 in New York. Release is planned for May 2nd, 2014.
What do you think? Should there be some reference to the classic Electro or is it time to move on?
Source: Comic Book Movie