Friday, December 3, 2010

Spider-Man: Turn on the Snark

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Peter Parker Picked a Pack of Pickled Peppers
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For every Iron-Man and Dark Knight which make the transition from comic book pages to the big-screen look effortless, (or, in the case of and "Walking Dead" and "Smallville" the transition to the small screen), there are dozens of Daredevils and Fantastic Fours that bumble, stumble and otherwise squander their sous on their way to the screen. The resulting projects often feel lifeless, childish, and downright silly.

From early looks at their trailers, Green Hornet and Green Lantern both feel destined to join Cat Woman in the League of Extraordinary Adaptation Failures. (Maybe they'll surprise me.)

Early photos from Captain America do little to assuage my fears about this one, either.

The (ill-advised?) decision to launch a high-profile musical adaption of Spider-Man for Broadway may proves that the transition to stage may be even more treacherous. Even heavy-hitters like Julie Taymor, and a music and lyrics by the musical team of U2's Bono and the Edge, may not be able to scale this tower.

Worried about feedback from the ComicCon and Dragon*Con crowd?

Fan-Boys, meet the Broadway Bitches.

Snarky Fan-Boys can't hold a candle to the critical, and backlash unleashed by the criterati. The New York Post's piece offers a glimpse, calling "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark", "an epic flop" where the "high-tech gadgetry went completely awry amid a dull score and baffling script."

Tweets such as this one by @TheTrace and @DamianLovesTV, show how, in the age of Twitter and the Web the problem is exacerbated:

"Is canceling my ticket to #Spiderman thanks to @SeanPMartin's review. Guess I'll just see Cats again."

@SeanPMartin @jfuentes ok, wow. I saw the preview of "Annie 2" back in the '90s and Sean's tweets make "Spider-Man" sound even worse.

The stream to which they refer?

Delivering a stinging string of snipes, Martin's 12 Tweets reduce this $65 million+ spectacle to a laughing stock:


#Spiderman!!!! There is a producer on stage talking to us already...explaining about the bad press.

Doesn't sound promising. #Spiderman

Show stopped for first time. Hanging #Spiderman stuck.

Very theme park. #Spiderman

I just paid $10 for a glass of cheap Pinot Grigio. Maybe it will help. I do like Peter Parker's voice, tho. #Spiderman

Kind of nervous Green Goblin will fly over me and grab my iPhone due to negative tweets. #Spiderman

It's kind of one will see this thick metal wire drop down from the ceiling during this balad, right? (via @RMartino26) #Spiderman

RT @PiVoNYC: @SeanPMartin: He's going to have his work cut out for him getting every cell phone in the theatre. #Spiderman

You Just wow. #Spiderman

@jfuentes It was the worst Broadway show I have ever seen. And I saw Urban Cowboy AND Good Vibrations.

There is a number with sexy lady spiders all in high heels. FYI. #Spiderman

I'm in a cab going home. No more #Spiderman tweets ever. Or at least for the night

He does offer at least one back-handed compliment:

@jfuentes actually, my fav parts were when Peter Parker was singing, he's got an excellent voice!

It is never a good sign when a Broadway show becomes the subject of late night comics, as evidenced by this (extended) commentary from Team Coco:

An excellent piece on "All Things Considered", summarizes the plight of this high-profile high-wire act, "Shows have traditionally used previews to work out their kinks, and this show has plenty still to come. But in the Internet age, the judgments come fast and early."

To subject yourself to such scrutiny while still in the process working out technical and logistical kinks may be unfair.

Such is the fate of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, whose swing to Broadway landed him in a snarky, and sticky Web.

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