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Jamie Foxx rides into theaters next week as the titular hero in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' but we only just heard about another major role for which he will soon be saddling up. Foxx has been tapped to play the villain Electro in Marc Webb's followup to 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' Electro was previously known as Max Dillon, an electrical engineer who is granted superpowers by a freak lightning strike. Foxx recently revealed in an interview that the Electro we see in the upcoming film will not necessarily resemble the one we've come to know.
"It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different color. They (the producers) want something for the future. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic bookie, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happen. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff."
This shouldn't really be that surprising. Many superhero costumes undergo tweaks and alterations from the page to the screen. Not only that, but depending on how long that character has appeared in print, their costume may change several times in the comics so the universal standard for what identifies that hero or villain may have changed multiple times. That being said, most people do recognize Electro by his green and yellow suit with the big electric X-shaped mask. I don't think anyone is going to begrudge Webb a few changes to what would be a cinematically unwieldy uniform. I'm more interested in this comment Foxx made about bolts in his arms. Are these going to look like tattoos or possibly seared brands or...? Furthermore, will this Electro resemble the one from Ultimate Spider-Man? Also, while I understand what he's trying to say, the comment about not wanting the characters to look "comic bookie" is a bit disconcerting. I'm willing to bet there are plenty of Spider-Man fans who would actually like their favorite comic book characters to look at least somewhat like, I don't know, comic book characters.
What do you guys think? Are you concerned about the changes to Electro's costume or do you think the producers are making a wise decision? How do you envision the more futuristic, less "comic bookie" Electro?