Comic-Con: “The Amazing Spider-Man” panel reveals first look at The Lizard

Comic-Con: “The Amazing Spider-Man” panel reveals first look at The Lizard (photo)

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Everyone following developments on “The Amazing Spider-Man” has known for a while now that reptilian villain The Lizard would be Spidey’s nemesis in the film, but Comic-Con attendees had that info confirmed this weekend and also got their first look at the character.

Actor Rhys Ifans plays The Lizard’s alter ego, Dr. Curt Connors, who accidentally transforms himself into the creature while trying to develop a serum that will regrow his missing arm. During Friday’s “Amazing Spider-Man” panel, fans got their first look at the savage, scaly villain, courtesy of the first footage from the film.

According to a report on the panel posted at Superhero Hype, the all-new Lizard harkens back to some of the original designs for the creature, who made his debut in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #6. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character went on to become one of Spider-Man’s most prominent recurring enemies.

In the footage shown during the panel, The Lizard emerges from the sewer via a toilet in a women’s bathroom, and terrorizes two of the room’s occupants. The character was reported to have a massive, muscled body, with a flat face and a long tongue — more akin to his initial look than the alligator-like look he’s sported in recent comics.

Here’s hoping we get an official image of The Lizard soon, but until that happens, I’ve posted an image of the cover of the character’s debut issue (which is also kind of awesome).

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is scheduled to hit theaters July 3, 2012, and stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary as George Stacy (Gwen’s father), and Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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