Let the record show that "Spider-Man" is one franchise that you should never count out, even when the odds are stacked against it. After pulling the plug on "Spider-Man 4" and dropping director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire, Sony Pictures quickly recruited a new director and set a new 3-D release date for the film.
While things are clearly getting back on track for the Marvel property, fans are still in the dark on the identity of the next Peter Parker. Earlier this month, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" star Logan Lerman was said to be "in talks" to star as Spider-Man, but the actor has since clarified the news as a misunderstanding.
But even if he isn't the definitive frontrunner, should we discount Lerman from the casting pool? Definitely not – not until we've seen "Percy Jackson," at least.
Lerman's titular role in the novel adaptation, which opens nationwide today, should tell us everything that we need to know about the actor's Peter Parker potential. In "Percy Jackson," Lerman plays an awkward youth that comes into a tremendous power set without necessarily being prepared for it. Sure, mastery over the elements is a far cry from spinning webs, but there is a thematic thread that links the two powers.
It's not all high-scale action for Lerman's character, of course. In addition to all of Percy's problems, he has to deal with a developing crush on Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario), his equally powerful peer. It's not an exact mirror of Peter's relationship with Mary Jane Watson, but we'll get a sense for how Lerman deals with romance as an actor. He should be able to produce a healthy helping of comedy with some genuine emotion to go with it.
That itself is another important factor to consider – is Lerman funny? Is he witty enough to dish out Spidey's signature wisecracks? Many fans, myself included, pined for more intentional humor from the previous "Spider-Man" films, so if this isn't something that Lerman can deliver on, he should be ruled out immediately.
There are plenty of other considerations involved in deciding Lerman's worthiness as the new "Spider-Man" star. Do I think he's the right pick? I'm not sure – I haven't seen "Percy Jackson" yet. But if you've seen the movie, or if you plan to, you'll likely leave the theater with all the information you need to size up Lerman's potential as the next big screen webhead.
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