Spider-Man Reboot : Could We Have A Peter Parker?
That guy there could be Peter Parker if reports are to be believed. A bunch of people are saying that Jamie Bell, best known for his role in Billy Elliot back in 2000 is the frontrunner for the role of Peter Parker in the re-boot of Spider-Man brewing over at Sony.
What do I think of all this?
I don’t care.
The guy apparently has some talent, and he’s also cast as TINTIN in the film adaptation of that European comic favorite, so if he gets this role, expect to see him everywhere. But really I don’t have much faith in the film at all, despite a talented director because I think that I’m no longer in the target audience for what they’re trying to do with the property.
You see, they’re setting this one in high school and it’s looking like an attempt to sway the Twilight tweens over to the Marvel universe through angsty high-school drama. That sort of stuff I can deal with on paper, but when you get it on film it just seems to turn me off. And I think it’s because the short difference between when I was in high school and the way high school is now has created an entirely different sort of culture. Part of my high school experience, albeit a short part, happened before 9/11. When I was in high school there was no developed social media beyond maybe Livejournal or Blogger. Xanga? I can’t remember.
I just don’t relate to that age bracket anymore and putting Peter Parker back there and trying to make him fit into the modern high-school landscape just doesn’t get me excited. Like I’ve said, there seems to be a wealth of talent involved but the premise just does nothing for me. It’s like putting a steak in front of a vegan. They’re not going to bite.
This entry was posted on June 8, 2010 by J. Goodson Dodd. It was filed under Blog Posts and was tagged with Angsty Drama, Billy Elliot, Blogger, Comic Book Movies, High School, Horrible Metaphors, I Just Don't Get It, I'm Getting Old, Jamie Bell, Livejournal, Marvel Comics, Social Media, Social Networking, Sony, Spider-Man, Spider-Man Reboot, Things Were Different In My Day, Tweens, Twilight, Xanga.