The main baddie from Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man was an old acquaintance for many Spidey fans: he's one of Peter Parker's first antagonists, (debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man issue #6 in 1963), whose tragic fate echoes the universal trope of the scientist whose creation or discovery ends up turning against him. I'm talking, of course, of Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. The Lizard.
While there was some debate among fans if the film version of this classic villain was accurate enough (with the main complaints being the absence of his characteristic prolonged snout and white lab coat), obviously the Lizard we ended up seeing on the screen had gone through significant changes and different versions in the pre-production concept art phase. Now, you'll be able to have a look at the 'Lizards that might have been.' Concept artist Ian Joyner was in charge of the designs, and I have to admit they're pretty spectacular. Here's how 's character could have turned out, in seven neat pics:
And here's the design that ultimately got chosen:
What do you think? Do you prefer some of the alternative looks, or are you satisfied with the final version? How would you have handled the Lizard's appearance and characteristics differently? Did nail the movie, or did you have any issues with it? As always, drop your two cents in the comments section below.
BONUS: Have a look at the CGI process involved in convincingly bringing Connors' transformation to the big screen:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to premiere on May 2nd, 2014.