After the announcement a couple of days ago that Rhys Ifans had been cast as the villain in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, everyone has been speculating about which villain it would actually be. The Wrap now reports that it is in fact: The Lizard.
The character of Dr. Curt Connors, as played by Dylan Baker, had skirted the sidelines of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, with many believing that the character would eventually build into the Lizard in later entries. With Raimi’s continuity scrapped, however, it wasn’t certain who the villain would be in Marc Webb’s film(s). I’m glad they decided to kick things off with a villain that wasn’t in Raimi’s films, although I’d like to see Venom revisited at some point, with some Carnage thrown in for good measure. Venom has a lot of potential, but was done horribly in Spider-Man 3. For now though – I’m very happy with the Lizard, who will potentially make way for a violent, creepy-looking character and some fantastic fight scenes.
The Lizard is born when Curt Connors fuses his own DNA with a reptile’s, in order to grow back his arm. As with all comic book villains, everything goes horribly wrong…as you can see in the picture above. If you want to read (a lot) more about him, Wikipedia is your friend.
Ifans joins Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. This new Spider-Man begins production in December, with a July 3rd 2012 release date. As much as I’m against reboots, especially so soon after the previous films were released, I’m actually hugely looking forward to this.