Monday, November 15, 2010

FIRST LOOK: Spider-Man - Turn Off The Dark

For many months now we have been wondering what Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark would look like.  And with a lot of problems getting in the way of it's opening (finances, broken wrists, re-casting) things are not looking so bueno for the web slinger.  And to add to that, today Vanity Fair released the pictures that Annie Leibovitz took of the cast/characters.  These are the first official pictures (granted, some of it for fashion) ...and...uhhh....it's not good.  Take the jump to see.



Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair
Here are your Peter Parker and Mary Jane (Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano)

Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair
Spider-Man (Reeve Carney) seems to be a hybrid of the comic and movie version.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair


Spider-Man, The Green Goblin (Patrick Page) and Mary Jane take up swinging. See what I did there.  Okay, so this version of The Green Goblin has really made me wince.  I mean, I have noooo idea what they were trying to go for here. Silly Halloween costume, something easy on the performer, or an evil version of the Snow Miser?  What ever it is, by tomorrow most fanboys will have called for a boycott.  



BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE!



Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair
And don't forget the new villain Swiss Miss (Sean Samuels) going after Mary Jane here with all of his/her... Swiss Army Knife attachments?  Just wait until he pulls out the toothpick.  I hear that number is a reaaaaal show stopper.  I do not know if Mary Jane's outfit is for the show or just the photo shoot, so we at least have that to hold on to.


Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair
Carnage (Collin Baja) wonders if he'll ever look that pretty in a ball gown or if his head will ever be proportionate to his body.  Poor fella.

There you have your first look at the characters in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.  Here my thing: Julie Taymor gave us The Lion King and created a type of Broadway musical that many others are still trying to imitate.  So with this I can imagine that there are some technical breakthroughs, and I have high hopes for the score by U2's Bono and The Edge.  But these photo's really have me wondering if this show could be DOA.  In order for it not to be, this show will have to be nothing short of amazing.  

What say you?

POPped while web slinging
Jungle Jesse

5 comments:

  1. It's going to be amazing. Believe me--if you saw pics 14 years ago before the Lion King opened--say, the baboon costume, and then some guy with grass on his head, you'd think it was going to be a disaster too. I guarantee it--Taymor's got this thing covered.

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  2. I certainly hope so. But I am torn between the theater nerd in me and the comic book geek. Right now they are at war with each other.

    I too remember seeing the pictures of The Lion King before it opened, which (again) is why I am hoping beyond hope that this show kills. But if you want to see a warning, go on YouTube and look up Spider-Man Rocks.

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  3. I think you're making much ado about nothing, Jesse. MJ's stuff is all clearly couture for the magazine. But even with the over the top-ness for Green Goblin (and a bit different take on him), clearly they're trying for something that'll have an impact on stage.

    As big as a fan I am of comics, it's difficult to judge how the show (and even these costumes) are going to work on stage from a few high fashion shots. I'm holding out for some actual video or pictures of the show itself to make my final opinion.

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  4. I can't wait! Let's go to NY to cover the opening!

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  5. Whitney, as I said earlier, I'm trying not to get all Shakespeare on this and am hoping for something amazing.

    MusicandMirror - You make an interesting proposition. I'll see what I can do.

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