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DANNY GLOVER ON SHORTLIST TO PLAY SPIDER-MAN
June 14 2010
Hollywood, CA – Superheroes have existed for as long as human society itself. Tales of mighty warriors, God-like creatures, and exaggerated tales of real men have consumed the stories of our past. In today’s world such exaggerations are rare, due
in part to increased access to information and in part to a more sophisticated world view. Heroes do still exist in our world but they are far more subtle and far more human than those our ancestors created. Perhaps then it makes sense that he have turned to the entertainment realm to create those lost heroes and allow as to dream just like our forbearers.
One of the biggest of those superheroes has been Spider-Man. The web-slinger has been, since his first appearance in August of 1962, one of the most beloved and adored heroes in the human pantheon, as big as or bigger than Hercules and William Wallace. Less than a decade ago Spider-Man finally swung his way onto the big screen, opening up an entirely new audience and giving that audience a new hero for whom to root. After three blockbuster hit movies it seemed the future of Spider-Man was set, but when the studio behind the pictures made a U-turn and announced a reboot of the series, fans were taken by surprise. Now solidly in development the new series promises to bring surprises to the familiar story, as evidenced by the actor rumoured to play the web-slinger, veteran actor Danny Glover.
“When his name first started to circulate I thought it was a joke or just some internet hoax but that isn’t the case. He isn’t just being considered, from what I’ve heard he’s actually taken meetings with the creative people and met with the director,” said a Sony insider. “I’m a huge fan of Danny Glover. I mean who doesn’t love the ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies? He’s got range and depth and a great deal of gravitas all of which would add a great deal to the character but he is a little old and that could be a problem for the fans. We’ll have to wait and see I guess.”
Spider-Man in his suit will likely be largely computer generated but as his alter ego Peter Parker, it would be all Glover.
“There would be all kinds of issues with Danny Glover playing this role and those things could undo his chances. For one, he is almost 64-years old right now. Peter Parker is a teenager throughout the comics and Glover hasn’t been that for a very long time. Age itself is one thing but you have to expect that he won’t be in the kind of shape that a superhero should be in,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “There’s also the fact that he is very politically active which like it or not will bleed into the role. Superheroes have to be apolitical, they have to be ciphers for the common man and having opinions about social issues can get in the way of that.”
Glover has been an outspoken activist for issues such as the crisis in Darfur, the earthquake in Haiti, and the war in Iraq. He has been arrested numerous times for his activism.
“You also have to wonder if he’s even going to have time. You look at his upcoming films and he’s got a lot going on. Add in the rigor of doing a major film with a lot of physical activity for what would likely be a number of years and you just have to wonder if he’s up to it,” continued Temple. “I mean when you look at Danny Glover and his resume you don’t immediately think Peter Parker. He’s always great onscreen but that just isn’t the role most people would picture him in, or the actor most people would picture for that role. It’s an intangible but it just doesn’t seem to fit. I guess we will just have to wait and see.”
Glover’s representatives did not return our calls. The new Spider-Man movie is expected for the summer of 2012.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent