By Josh Wigler
After years of build-up in the "Spider-Man" movies, it looks like Peter Parker will finally face off against the Lizard. Just don't expect actor Dylan Baker to reprise the role -- unless he's an impeccable singer and dancer, that is!
The New York Post received an advanced look at "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," the new Broadway show set to hit New York City in early 2010. According to their report, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will battle against familiar foes such as the Lizard, Green Goblin, Carnage, Electro, Rhino and Swarm. There's also a new villain in the mix by the name of Swiss Miss, who sounds nothing like the sweet, sweet cocoa drink she's named after.
Created by the show's director Julie Taymor and bookwriter Glen Berger, the villainous Swiss Miss features a costume designed by Oscar winner Eiko Ishioka. The costume "consists of rotating knives and swirling corkscrews," adding a whole new meaning to the idea of Parker's "tingling" spider sense.
Although commonly described as a musical, Taymor insists that Spider-Man won't "sing and dance in tights." She refers to the production as a "circus rock-'n'-roll drama," a fitting descriptor given the involvement of U2 rockers Bono and The Edge.
With the word "musical" off the table, there are hopes that comic book loyalists will warm up to the idea of a stage-bound Spider-Man. Interestingly, Taymor says that the show will have very little in common with the Sam Raimi directed films, instead drawing inspiration from the Marvel character's old comic book adventures.
With the sheer amount of villains planned for the production, what are the odds that "Turn Off The Dark" features a plot similar to the fan-favorite "Sinister Six" Spider-Man arc? Say what you want about "musicals," but the idea of watching Spidey trading blows with a cadre of supervillains live and in concert sounds pretty fantastic to us!
Are you more interested in the "Spider-Man" show given its ties to comic book lore? You at least have to be happy that Peter won't be singing and dancing, right? Swing into the comments section and sing us your thoughts!