Last week, a crapload of set photos from The Amazing Spider-man 2 hit the web, showing off Jamie Foxx’s version of classic Spidey villain Electro. The goofy lightning bolt mask and green and yellow tights were nowhere to be found, but the blue makeup job and electric hoodie Foxx sported in the pics unleashed a torrent of negative comments on message boards that likened Electro’s look to “a zombie smurf,” “Mr. Freeze cosplaying as a Sith Lord,” and my personal favorite, “Powder 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Now director Marc Webb has tweeted out a photo titled “Day 52. My name is Max,” which gives us a look at Foxx’s Max Dillon pre-transformation. If you’ll recall, Foxx described screenwriters Roberto Orci and Robert Kurtzman’s version of Electro as a complete loser who ends up stalking Spider-man:
“What you’ll see is that, for his whole life, no one is talking to him. People have stolen his ideas at the big company. He’s a nobody. At a certain point, Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy. You’re my ears and eyes on the street.’ Then he says his name, [Max] and no one has ever said [Max] Dillon’s name. He goes, ‘Wow’ and, when Spider-Man leaves, he sort of thinks that, “I am Spider-Man’s partner!” He’s cutting out Spider-Man’s face and pasting it on all his boards… Everything goes bad with his mom. She doesn’t remember his birthday. He has something tragic happen and, when it turns on, he lights it up.”
Hmmm..what other movie had a twitchy, impossibly nerdy schlub who struggled to get his ideas noticed at a big company and who also worshipped and stalked the hero, then became a villain after being spurned?
Yeahhhhh…when your superhero film is recycling plots and homaging characters from a Joel Schumacher Batman movie, it may be time to re-evaluate the situation. But then again, Orci & Kurtzman are the same hacks who write Transformers movies for Michael Bay and post insane conspiracy theories on Twitter, so none of this should really come as any surprise. This movie had me intrigued with the new eye design for Spidey’s suit, and the addition of Paul Giamatti as the Rhino and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, but everything involving Foxx and the flick’s interpretation of Electro has been an unmitigated disaster so far.
But wait, there’s more! Actor Dane Dehaan, who is playing Peter Parker’s best bud Harry Osborn in the sequel, also tweeted out a first look at his character:
The thing that immediately struck me about this photo is how much Dehaan actually resembles the Harry Osborn of the early Marvel comic books — if you replaced his ridiculous ridged hair texture with this absolutely ludicrous swept forward emo ‘do, that is. Good lord, just look at that haircut! It makes Tobey Maguire’s emo coiffure from Spider-man 3 look like a goddamned classic Don Draper side part.