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2012 is the geekiest year for movies ever. Is that a good thing?

There was a time when Hollywood was not solely in the business of making franchise films with a built-in geek fanbase. In the early ’90s, science-fiction films were mostly low-budget B-movies and Star Trek sequels. The success of Tim Burton’s Batman films didn’t immediately kick-start a superhero renaissance, unless you were a big fan of Steel and The Shadow, you weirdo. And there simply weren’t any epic fantasy films, although an imaginative young Tolkien fan could create a reasonable facsimile of a live-action Lord of the Rings by watching Willow on mute with Glenn Yarbrough’s Hobbit song playing on your tape-deck stereo system. READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man' reboot: Chris Zylka will play Flash Thompson

Chris-ZylkaImage Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesFlash Thompson is the jockiest jock in comic book history. He plays football, throws parties, bullies nerds, and is nicknamed “Flash.” Peter Parker’s teenaged nemesis wasn’t onscreen very much in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy (although, fun fact, he was played by Joe Manganiello, the terrifically ugly actor who now plays Alcide on True Blood.) But since Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot is set in Peter’s high school days, it follows that Flash will probably be more of a presence. So keep an eye on Chris Zylka, who will be playing Flash in the movie, according to The Wrap. Zylka’s best-known for appearances on Hannah Montana and MTV’s My Super Psycho Sweet 16 trilogy. (Yup, trilogy.) Part of the fun of the Flash Thompson character is that his low-level bullying somehow felt just as terrifying as the supervillains’ various evil schemes. He was a breath of fresh air and bitter high school reality. Of course, he also adored Peter Parker’s web-swinging alter ego. (Irony!)

Between Andrew Garfield as the new Spidey, Blonde Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, possibly Sally Field as Aunt May, and Rhys Ifans as the Villain-To-Be-Named-Later, casting is just about finished on the key roles for the reboot. PopWatchers, do you like what you see so far? Think Zylka can pull off Flash? Is it just me, or does be bear a striking resemblance (along with a vaguely similar surname) to ’80s bully Billy Zabka?

Emma Stone's blonde 'Spider-Man' hair: Does she look like Gwen Stacy yet?

Emma-Stone-blondeImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosWhen Emma Stone was cast as Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, the news was doubly surprising. First, because Emma Stone’s whole onscreen persona — bubbly, brassy, redheaded — seems like a natural fit for Spidey’s other love interest, Mary Jane. But on a grander scale, Stone’s casting was a complete break from a sainted superhero movie tradition: The actress who dyes her hair red. (See: Kirsten Dunst in the original Spider-Men, Famke Janssen in the X-Men trilogy, Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow in the Iron Men…yeesh, somebody working at Marvel in the ’60s must’ve had a serious ginger fixation.) Stone (who, to be fair, is actually a natural blonde) has now unveiled her new look, and it is…well, is bang-tastic a word? No? Well, perhaps it should be. Get on it, Dictionary.com! (No, not you, Urban Dictionary.)

Even with the blonde hair, Stone still looks more like a Mary Jane than a Gwen, but I have to admit: This hairstyle looks so insane that it’s actually making me more interested in seeing the movie. What do you think, PopWatchers? First impressions? Am I the only one who finds deeply fascinating symbolic layers hidden within Emma Stone’s hair?

'Spider-Man': Campbell Scott as Peter Parker's dad?

Campbell-ScottImage Credit: D. Dipasupil/Getty ImagesThe 2012 Spider-Man reboot is just about to start filming, and The Hollywood Reporter has some information on the supporting cast. Most notable: Campbell Scott (from Damages and the misanthropic classic Roger Dodger) has apparently signed on for the role of Peter Parker’s father, while Julianne Nicholson (Criminal Intent!) is still in talks to play Mama Parker. It’s unclear how big the roles would be, but just the fact that Peter’s parents are appearing in the movie at all is interesting. In the original comics canon, Peter’s parents were secret agents; In the alternate-reality Ultimate canon, Daddy Parker was a scientist responsible for the creation of Venom — possibly a clue to a future villain?

Speaking of villains, the Reporter also notes Irrfan Khan (the interrogator in Slumdog Millionaire) is still in talks to play “Van Atter.” That might be a reference to “Nels Van Adder,” an extraordinarily minor character who appeared in a single issue of Spider-Man as a villain called the Proto-Goblin. I can just barely remember that issue. It was from Marvel’s “Flashback” month, when every Marvel comic was numbered “-1″…including Untold Tales of Spider-Man, which featured a very special issue about PETER PARKER’S PARENTS. (Since every plot point for the new Spider-Man is apparently being drawn from “Flashback” month, look forward to a Flash Thompson subplot about child abuse and an exciting sequence where Peter and Uncle Ben fight classic comic monsters.)

PopWatchers, excited/intrigued by this news? Do you like how this new Spider-Man is shaping up?

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'Spider-Man': Who is Gwen Stacy?

Emma-StoneImage Credit: David Gabber/PR Photos; Marvel EntertainmentGwen Stacy is an incredibly important figure in comic book history. Sadly, the vast majority of moviegoers probably only know her as “That random girl in Spider-Man 3 whose existence made no sense, much like everything in Spider-Man 3.” Well, Gwen’s about to make a big comeback. Like, Downey-Jr.-in-Iron-Man big. As EW’s Nicole Sperling reported last night, Emma Stone will be playing Spidey’s original love interest. (Yes, Emma Stone seems better-suited to play red-haired Mary Jane, but Hollywood is Bizarro-world and life is chaos.) Which begs the question: Who is Gwen Stacy, anyways? READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man' reboot: Who should play Mary Jane and Gwen?

wasikowska-stoneImage Credit: Tina Gill/PR Photos; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosEven though Spider-Man 1 isn’t perfect and Spider-Man 3 is awful, you could make a decent case for the Spider-Man trilogy as the most successful adaptation of a comic book into a complete cinematic saga. The origin story isn’t changed very much. The key characters all appear. The costume is retro-fabulous. (No black leather here). But for me, the trilogy could never quite get over one hurdle: the woman thing. Kirsten Dunst was nominally playing Mary Jane Watson, but she was really more of a mash-up of Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, Spidey’s first girlfriend. Through no fault of Dunst’s, the cinematic Mary Jane became more nonsensical with each movie — especially in 3, when a personality-free Gwen Stacy herself actually appeared for a two-second love triangle. (Adding to the confusion: the on-screen Gwen Stacy was a model, just like Mary Jane in the comics.) So I was incredibly excited to read yesterday’s report by EW’s Nicole Sperling that both Mary Jane and Gwen will be front and center in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. READ FULL STORY

Contest to play Spider-Man's love interest narrowing

mary-jane-watson-castingImage Credit: Jen Lowery/Startraksphoto.com; Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Marion Curtis/Startraksphoto.com; Tommaso Boddi/PR Photos; Solarpix/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosAndrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man, but who will play Peter Parker’s girlfriend? According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog, director Marc Webb and Garfield are now meeting with actresses in search of Spidey’s love-interest. At least five actresses are currently in the mix — (clockwise, from lower right) Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy, pictured in green shirt), Imogen Poots (Solitary Man), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — THR says Winstead was an initial candidate who has fallen out of contention), Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew),  Lily Collins (The Blind Side), and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). What’s more, it’s not exactly clear which comic-book character they might be playing. They could be testing for Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, or perhaps even Parker’s first love, Betty Brant.

My vote goes to another Brit, The Blind Side‘s Collins, but who do you think would look best on Garfield’s arm?

More ‘Spider-Man':
Andrew Garfield: Getting to know the new Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield is the Spider-Man I’ve been waiting for
Andrew Garfield cast as the new Spider-Man
Josh Hutcherson on Spider-Man rumors: ‘It’s something so big, it’s hard to even fathom, honestly’

Andrew Garfield is the Spider-Man I've been waiting for

When it comes to superhero movies, I’m a Batman guy. Not a Joel Schumacher Batman guy, mind you, but a Christopher Nolan, gritty Gotham City, bad-to-the-bone Batman guy. To me, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were always a tad tame, and dramatic weight seemed secondary to the lucrative business of selling lunch-boxes to third-graders. So I was surprised and excited by Sony’s announcement that Andrew Garfield will be the new Peter Parker in the Spidey reboot scheduled for 2012. READ FULL STORY

'Community' star Donald Glover taps the Web for Spider-Man campaign

Donald-GloverAh, the almighty Internet. Is there any limit to its power? A wink of its eye turns a pint-size Canadian into a pop phenom. A twitch of its tail gets an 88-year-old lady on SNL. And now, it’s putting its muscle behind another delightfully random campaign straight out of Hollywood Mad Libs: Giving Community star Donald Glover a shot at playing Spider-Man in the upcoming franchise reboot.

It all started last Friday, when the eminent Marc Bernardin of io9 (and before that, EW) responded to Spider-Man 4 casting rumors with  a blog post titled “The last thing Spider-Man should be is another white guy.” Two days later Glover himself tweeted a link to the post, christening the movement with its own hashtag, #donald2spiderman. Then his fans retweeted it. Then he blogged it. Now he’s planning an all-out assault on Twitter at 9:30pm ET tonight, hoping to push his cause up through the muck and murmur of the Web, all the way to the ears of Sony, the studio behind the Spidey reboot.

Of course, Glover says he isn’t asking for the role on a silver platter. “Some people are mistaken,” he tweeted yesterday. “I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.”

Fans of Community are sure to be on Team Glover here, given the comic’s knack for scene-stealing on the show. But what do you all think, PopWatchers? Could Glover really make the jump from Web trend to web slinger? Does he deserve a shot at the role? And do you think he’d really make a good Spidey?

More ‘Spider-Man’ reboot:
‘Spider-Man': The search for America’s Next Top Superhero
Next ‘Spider-Man’ film will be a gritty, contemporary reboot of the franchise
Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire not doing ‘Spider-Man 4′
‘Spider-Man 4′ indefinitely delayed

'Spider-Man' reboot: The search for America's Next Top Superhero

Spider-Man-reboot-candidates_510.jpg Image Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Michael Germana/SSI Photo/Landov; David Gabber/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosWe already know there’s a new Spider-Man movie on the way, a gritty, 3-D origin story with no Maguire or Dunst or Raimi in sight. We know it’ll be directed by Marc Webb of (500) Days of Summer, and that it’ll hit theaters July 3, 2012 — a mere 768 days away! But we still don’t know the answer to our biggest question: Who’s going to take over web-slinging duties as the new Peter Parker? But that might be about to change… READ FULL STORY

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