As proven in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, giving a villain a unique voice can have a deep, lasting impact on the audience's perception of the character. Would Cillian Murphy's Scarecrow been half as scary without that hiss in his voice when he used the fear toxin? Would Health Ledger's Joker been as effective if the actor didn't make it sound like the psychopathic villain was ready to burst out laughing with every word when he got excited? Wasn't Tom Hardy's Bane just that much more monstrous with his mask-muffled voice? It worked effectively for the Batman movies, and it seems as though Marc Webb is taking a page out of that book for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
With White House Down arriving in theaters later this month, Jamie Foxx made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and before talking about the new Roland Emmerich-direction action flick they talked a bit about what it's like to be living in Spidey's universe. As you can see in the video embed above, he revealed new images of himself both as the incredibly nerdy Max Dillon, and the superpowered Electro (pre-CGI). But one of the real reasons to watch the interview is because Foxx samples a bit of his voice after being charged with electricity. As you can hear, he is using a much lower pitch and a grumble not too dissimilar to Batman himself.
It's also interesting to hear Foxx gush about Dane DeHaan as much as he does. The Chronicle star is playing the new version of Harry Osborn in the movie (the character played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's trilogy), but we haven't really heard about how he will fit into the story. The official plot description says that he is an old friend of Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and is coming back from somewhere unknown, but that's fairly vague. Also a thought to consider: does this mean that Electro and Harry will be spending a good amount of on-screen time together? And where does Chris Cooper, who plays the new Norman Osborn, come into play?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also stars Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field and is based on a script written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Columbia Pictures will have the movie in theaters on May 2, 2014.
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