Fans of Spider-Man and casual watchers of the latest movie alike know who the character of Dr. Connors, AKA The Lizard is. He uses some crazy science to try to fix a missing body part and the experiment goes horribly wrong, turning him into a rampaging genetic cross-breed. As it turns out, the science that Dr. Connors was using may not be too far off from what some scientists are attempting in the lab.
The use of DNA from reptiles and other sources is being looked into by real-life researchers as a possible means of human regeneration. They may not be completely regrowing limbs (yet?), but are trying to use genetic alternatives to help speed up the body’s natural healing process, thus fixing a wide range of ailments. Not only that, but they’re working with spiders in a similar vein (no pun intended), using silk to help build blood vessels. The next stage in this sci-fi discovery process involves furthering the knowledge so that they can regrow simpler things, like fingers and lungs.
Though these scientists are running things a little more by-the-book (and thus preventing random mutations of people into super-beings), it is an interesting case of life imitating art. Still, without the possibility of creating crazy monsters to terrorize the local population, it just doesn’t sound as cool as it could be. Curse you, sane science!
For those of you wondering how The Amazing Spiderman movie is going to handle the transformation of Dr. Curt Conners into the infamous Lizard, you could take a look at the two videos below.
Don’t get your hopes up though, aside from some twitching and other symptoms you won’t see much. This NerdBastard is kinda glad that the marketing geniuses have not shown too much of the movie’s villain. It seems like the new thing is to show almost the whole movie in clips, trailers, and featurettes well before the movie hits the theater screens.
These are the latest in the viral promotion campaign buildup to the film’s July 3rd release. It’s still this NerdBastards’ opinion that the push back of G.I.Joe: Retaliation will do more for the box office of The Amazing Spiderman than any of these “viral” videos.
If it were up to you who would you have chosen to be the big bad in The Amazing Spider-Man? Green Goblin? Doc Ock? Venom? Carnage? Morbius, the living vampire? Did anyone say the Lizard? He may not be everyone’s favorite or even Spidey’s most famous villain but producer Matt Tolmach recently spoke to SFX Magazine about why the Lizard is integral to Amazing Spider-Man‘s plot.
We made a real concerted effort to tell a different story. And this is a villain that serves the story we’re telling about ‘Who am I? Where did I come from?’ There are thematic reasons why Curt Connors (the Lizard’s alter ego) is the right villain for this movie. Sometimes a movie is made or broken by its villain, and a great villain is somebody who is as inextricably tied into the story as the lead. They are often the personification of the thing that the lead is trying to overcome. And that’s what this is.
Sounds if you were fearful the Lizard was only about bringing some muscle for Spidey to tangle with, feel relieved. The Lizard will be packing as much of a psychological punch as a physical one. The trailers have made this apparent, setting up important interactions between not only Spider-Man and the Lizard but Peter Parker and Dr. Connors, too.
The cool thing about Spider-Man villains is that they’re not just villains—they usually play a bigger dramatic role. In this case Peter has a very powerful relationship with Connors. There’s a connection between Connors and Peter’s past. There’s something there that you’ve never seen before, and there’s also a sense in which there are two paths you can go down—the path of the hero or the path of the weaker man.
The more I read this, the more excited I am to see Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ifans hash this out. I think we’re in for a real treat this summer, maybe the best Spider-Man/villian interaction since Alfred Molina and Tobey Maguire. What do you think?
And finally, are you one of those fans who can’t believe they would ditch the Lizard’s signature lab coat? Well, get over yourself.
Look, this is the big-screen interpretation of it. You have to think about it—on the one hand we’re making a decision to tell a story that lives very much in the real world. That was a big part of the conversation—to ground it in our world, a world where there’s gravity, where the laws of physics apply. There’s a tangible explanation for how things are done.
And in that world there has to be a Lizard. So how do you do that? You have to make the Lizard something that could come from this world. And that’s where you depart—literally—from the pages of the comic book. That said, I think purists will be very very happy about how we depict the Lizard.
I think The Amazing Spider-Man is going to rock. I know I was skeptical when I heard they were thinking of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise so quickly after that abomination, Spider-Man 3, but I’ve got high hopes for this reboot.
How do you guys feel about Amazing Spider-Man, and in particular choosing the Lizard for the villain?
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ABOVE: Completely impractical for fighting crime, but if you’re just wanting to look good and maybe catch the eye of your own Nightwing, this Batgirl latex ensemble should do the trick. [FashionablyGeek]
Because apparently devoting hours upon hours to World of Warcraft online isn’t enough, now spend hours playing some of the longest board games all steeped in Word of Warcraft-iness. [Geekologie]
After the Superbowl, Marvel’s upcoming film The Avengers was catapulted into the minds of millions of people all over the U.S. The trailer itself has everyone biting their nails in wait for what’s to come this summer. This film will be one of the Titans to battle it out for this summer’s box office, but it won’t stop there. Hasbro has started its own announcement for The Avenger toy line, which gives us a villain spoiler we’ve been waiting to be confirmed.
Since last year there has been speculation on the villain for the filmHasbro/Marvel have given us a first look at the main villain and henchmen to feature in the film. Now this could be said as Marvel’s second spoiler containment issue they’ve had this year, the first being with “The Amazing Spider-Man” merchandise revealing The Lizard as the film’s villain. Of course this wonderful piece of news is not ours to take the credit for acquiring, MTV’s Geek News andIdle Handssnagged some shots of another product for The Avengers at the 2012 New York Toy Fair, which is the board game you see below:
Now you may be contemplating about these weird purple monsters featured in ____ and that their features resemble Skrulls. Yet, its been stated time and time again by Marvel producer Kevin Feige that the Skrulls wouldn’t be villains in the upcoming Avengers film. So is this a PR ploy to cover up important film details, or are these really some other weird creature that just looks like Skrulls?
Why they haven’t released a real, proper image of Rhys Ifan‘s Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man, I don’t know. We’ve seen that craptacular PEZ dispenser and what may have been an original concept design, but nothing legit, nothing official. And guess what we have here? Oh, another stupid toy tie-in with some terrible picture of what The Lizard might look like. This is terrible hype-generating, Sony.
Coming Soon has more images of these super awesome controllers. Sorry, excuse me, these controllers are retarded. I can’t imagine what they’re for.
But in addition to yet another lame Lizard reveal, even more questions have been raised by the packaging for Mega Bloks’ Oscorp Tower FX Battle set. As you can see in the image below the set includes figures of Spider-Man, The Lizard and SWAT Lizard. Umm…WHA-?
Apparently this might be further evidence backing up a rumor from, “Big Fanboy that claimed the conclusion of the film would involve Dr. Connors transforming an entire SWAT team into his lizard-like minions.”
A Lizard SWAT team. Really?!? This has the potential to come off as really awesome, or it could fail spectacularly.
While I’m excited by what I see in The Amazing Spider-Man‘s trailers and promotional images, absolutely everything I see or hear about The Lizard just screams campy. I’m sure my fears will be squashed once they share some proper, good quality footage or images, but until then?
I feel confidant The Amazing Spider-Man will be superior to Spider-Man 3. How superior, I’m not sure.
Yesterday we showed off our first look at Rhys Ifans‘ The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man. It was a PEZ dispenser. It looked like this,
Yeah. Whoo. Really awesome, right? No. It was completely and utterly lame and probably the worst way you could reveal your newly designed villain. Of course, I doubt this was Sony‘s plan. The PEZ image was apparently leaked by a fan. But regardless of how it got out, it got out. Now they need to show us The Lizard not molded in plastic, ready to pop a PEZ at a moments notice.
This is more like it,
This is supposedly concept art for The Lizard’s new look. It comes from Spider-Media, and you know what? It does look like the face on the PEZ dispenser. Again, the toy is crappy bit of plastic, but I do think I see the resemblence between it an the concept art. I also can’t help but think this guy looks more like DC’s Killer Croc than The Lizard.
What do you think? Is this how The Lizard will appear in The Amazing Spider-Man?
And it’s a crappy, merchandise tie-in, PEZ dispenser. What? I’m not surprised by the coming promotional, merchandising bonanza surrounding The Amazing Spider-man. I’m not shocked by PEZ dispensers molded to look like Spidey and his nemesis, The Lizard. I am a little taken aback that the first time we see him, in full on lizard mode, is as a PEZ dispenser. How lame.
This photo evidence, which I guess could be a fake but looks like a pretty accurate, crappy PEZ dispenser to me, was discovered by an anonymous fan. They then shared it with the internet masses ensuring anyone and everyone would see it before the day was done. But I’m going to stress we don’t pay too much attention to this little bit of molded plastic. While we can see he’s without his signature lab coat and apparently sporting a very nice bib, it is only a generic piece of crappy candy merchandise. I don’t think we can look on this as our first real look at The Lizard.
I will say this, they’ve guaranteed however their final Lizard looks we’ll appreciate it. Because it’s not this.
What do you guys think? Is this a fair first look at Rhys Ifans‘ Lizard?
We’ve got some great footage from the Amazing Spider-Man panel at the San Diego Comic-Con of 2011!
This first video is actually the same video we posted not long ago, of Andrew Garfield‘s super passionate Spidey speech, but of incrementally better quality. I could watch that thing over and over again and not get tired of it because he is really putting his heart and soul into that speech (and, believe me, I get tired of shit really quickly; I have the attention span of a fruit fly).
The second video includes bits of the panel speaking about the movie — primarily Marc Webb, and Emma Stone. And, y’know, Spidey hugging the Lizard… no big deal. Also, I couldn’t help but notice that director Marc Webb’s got a very prominent and unfortunate bald spot, and should cover that shit up with a laurel wreath or a toupee or something. I’ll let it go, though, only because I do believe he’s invested in this film in all the right ways.
Yeah, so Rhys Ifans really wanted to come and so he busted some po po ass to get there for the panel.
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.