As a life-long fan of the character, I was happy with the 2002 Tobey Maguire version of Spider-Man, but there were certainly parts of the film where the computer graphics used in the film made it obvious that the character wasn’t swinging from building to building.  It didn’t detract from the film the way it did in George Lucas’ second Star Wars trilogy, in which half of the scenes looked like there wasn’t a single REAL thing in them.

In the Spider-Man Reboot, starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network; The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus), they’re bringing tangible back.

Gone is the organic “my body makes its own web fluid” concept and the weird scars on Peter Parker’s wrists.  Back into the fold is the concept from the comic books where Peter Parker creates web fluid mix in cartridges and expels them from web-shooters on the under-side of his wrist.  The proof is in the production stills and promotional shots.

See it?  It’s subtle, but it’s there.  How about a bigger version of the image, showing just the wrist area.

You can also see it on one of the stuntmen from filming (or practicing) one of the scenes in the movie.

Those photos, mixed with the fact that Emma Stone (who will portray Gwen Stacy in the reboot) confirmed that web-slinging will involve the use of devices, and Spider-man is shaping up to be more of a realistic version along the lines of the comic book.

Another thing that gives me hope is some of the production stills I’ve seen, confirming that a lot of the obvious CGI is going away.  Remember how weird it looked whenever Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man would swing through the streets of New York City?  Sure, it looked cool, but it didn’t seem very believable.

They’re changing that.

Pay no attention to the stunt coordinator / wire jockeys shown at the bottom of the picture.  Ignore the thickness of the rope on which he’s swinging.  Both of those things will be removed through camera tricks and similar computer tricks to eliminating harness wires on anyone who has ever flown in a film.  The main thing to see in that photo is that a stuntman is swinging on a rope over an actual street.

The fact that the stuntman has the traditional “look” of “the Spider-man swing” is inspiring as well, as evident in the previous picture and the one below.

It’s not just the stuntmen who are getting into the action, either.  If you look closely to the photo below, you’ll notice that one of the individuals present, underneath a big robe or jacket with his Spider-man suit barely visible, is the new Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield.  It’s an important for him to pay attention to everything involved with the character and to be involved in the stunt process, even if he’s not the one atop a truck or swinging on ropes.

We’ll be on the lookout for more images to share here when they’re available, but for now we’re way excited and very inspired.

Sources:  (to be updated)

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