According to ComicBook.com on Dec. 31, Jamie Foxx had dismissed fans' aversion to the Electro character in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2". He had made comparisons to the complaints that had been made in criticism towards Ben Affleck when he was cast for Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman" film.
“It used to be people would wait until they saw the film to decide their opinion,” Foxx told Empire. “Now it’s, ‘Ben Affleck is Batman?! How f**ing dare you!’ What’s that all about? These blogs don’t like anything. Christian Bale. Heath Ledger. They weren't happy – until they saw them. So you have to not give too much to it".
Some fans preferred that the villain to be more like the one in the original comic book. Apparently, the Electro that fans liked was the colorfully costumed version that was bit more comical than the dark one that Foxx will be playing in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2". Alas, Foxx will be taking on a rather dark and grim role of the villain and to reference what Foxx had stated, the new version might wind up being well liked after having seen the film.
Of course, as with some actors, some look to previous celebrity icons from yesteryear to inpsire them to play their current, modern roles. Foxx is no exception.
“I didn’t want Electro to be funny at all,” Foxx said. “This is a man who’s angry. He’s mad at the gods. He’s just using Spider-Man and these people as an excuse to act out and be evil. The voice is from me watching Clint Eastwood and Alec Baldwin. The great whisperers".
Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be released in theaters on May 2, 2014.