Thursday, December 5, 2013

Here's What The Green Goblin & Rhino SHOULD Look Like in Spider-Man 2...

I know I've posted the Berni Wrightson concept design for the Original Spider-Man film, but apparently, the powers-that-be weren't listening. Wrightson does a fantastic job of updating a character for a live-action film, yet remaining true to the basic look and feel of said character. "Sigh" Once again, here it is;

This concept art for the Rhino is from a Spider-Man video game. Don't ask me which one as I don't keep up with that shit. However, if you look at the character designs for most of the popular superhero games, they almost always do a great job in staying true to the core of the character. For the life of me, I cannot understand why film people can't seem to grasp that concept?!? Methinks maybe the video game folks should branch out into film.

For Better or Worse, Here's The Trailer For The Amazing Spider-Man 2...

Ok, I've managed to calm down from yesterday's explict-laden tirade, and I'm ready to give a simple critique of what I liked and didn't like from the trailer. Watch it below and then read my critique;

1.) I like Spidey's new, more comic-faithful costume.
2.) I like the action sequences with Electro.
3.) I loved the glimpse of Doc Ock's wriggling arms and what looked like metal wings encased behind glass at Oscorp.
4.) I like that kid from Chronicle as Harry Osborn.
5.) I liked it when Spidey caught the cop car.
6.) I like Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn (notice I didn't say Green Goblin?)
7.) I like the action sequences of Spidey swinging around the city and just jumping around in general.

1.) I still hate the Rhino
2.) I still hate the "Gangreen" Gobin.
3.) I dislike what seems to be a hidden, mobile lab subway train secretly set up by Peter's dad. WTF?!?
4.) I dislike that the villain's original, unique origins have been seemingly disregarded in favor of setting up Oscorp to be more or less a super-villain breeding farm.

So, it looks like the good outweighs the bad overall. As a designer, I have a really, almost obsessive hatred for bad design. That, coupled with my tendency as a super-fan to hate too much deviation between original characters and their celluloid counterparts, will make it very difficult for me to enjoy the film as a whole. It's kinda like having an expensive 4-course meal wherein three courses are really good, but the potato au gratin tastes like fried dog asshole. You just can't help feeling that the overall meal has been ruined.

Oh well, talk amongst yourselves and leave your comments below.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What The F@#k is THIS Shit?!?

Yesterday, this image of a tryptych poster advertising The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released.
As you can surmise from my post, I am not happy with it... at all. 

When the first images of Jamie Fox's hooded Electro started making the rounds, I was very "meh". When the "face-off pic" of him and Spidey together with his rubberized costume debuted, I was feeling much more hopeful as the design closely resembles the Ultimate Electro look.

Since then I have been dying to get a glimpse of the Rhino and the rumored appearance of The Green Goblin! Now that I have... I really wish I hadn't. "How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways;"

1.) The Rhino: Has the design team ever even seen a pic of The Rhino?!? My guess is no, or he wouldn't be looking like Pyramid Head's robotic fuckin' dog!!! It doesn't remotely resemble the comic book Rhino, much less a real Rhino!!! There had damn well better be a guy wearing a Rhino suit sitting in that trainwreck.

2.) The Green Goblin: Have we not learned from the sins of the past? You'd think that considering all of the "Power Ranger" comments from the first Tobey Maguire movie, and the even more deplorable "snowboarding" new goblin from the third, that Marc Webb would take this opportunity to give us all the goblin we deserved! But no, the downward design spiral continues with this asshole in a flightsuit... with gangreen of the face... riding a Wii balance board.

Honestly, I am so disgusted by this, that I might not even bother going to see it. I don't think I've EVER said that about any super hero movie in public, and this is coming from a guy who was cautiously optimistic about Batman & Robin!
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