Today it was announced that Jamie Foxx would be playing Static Shock in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-man 2, oh wait did I say Static Shock? Uhh, maybe I got mixed up with Black Lightning, or maybe Black Vulcan.. Okay, so I’m wrong on all counts and yes, Jamie Foxx is slated to play the vile electric Spidey villain, Electro! I know I heard a sinister laugh along with that, c’mon didn’t you?
Okay, so maybe I didn’t, but kill me now! Jamie Foxx as Electro. I’m not saying he won’t be a good Electro, but he won’t be my Electro that I grew up with and this is what worries me. We as fanboys and fangirls get irritated when we hear about who’s playing who in these movies, and then we talk a bunch of crap about it, but then the movie comes out and who knows maybe that actor did a pretty good job as his comic book alias.
I’m a comic book purist so this stuff always pisses me off, and I do knit pick a lot, but if you think back to 2003, it was Ben Affleck who sucked as DareDevil, and Michael Clark Duncan who played a pretty believable Kingpin. If you look around at any con, we have cosplayers dressing up as everyone and anyone in comic books, video games, television and more. Whether they are black, white, or whatever someone will cosplay said character, even in gender bending ways, men dress as women characters and vice versa.
So some how it all works out, and we’ll have to see which version of Electro we get with Jamie Foxx and how J.Jonah Jameson and the rest of the Marvel Comics Movie Universe deals with him. Will we get Electro from The Amazing Spider-man #9, or maybe Electro from Ultimate Spider-man #10 or that hovering naked Electro from the MTV Spider-man animated series. I guess we’ll find out in 2014 when the movie is finally released.