14 October 2010

Spotlight on The Lizard

The cat is out of the bag, though this proverbial "cat" is actually a reptile. That's right, Spider-Man will face off against The Lizard in 2012's Spider-Man reboot. Dr. Curt Connors AKA the Lizard first appeared in 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #6. Connors, obsessed with reptilian limb regeneration inadvertently turned himself into a monster when trying to regrow his own arm with reptile DNA. His arm did grow back.

The Lizard first appeared onscreen in the 1967 Spider-Man animated series as Lizard Man. In this version, Connors used his reptile serum to cure swamp fever rather than to regrow an arm.

A more suave looking Lizard appeared in 1981's Spider-Man animated series, though his alter ego was never shown.

The Lizard would once again rear his scaly head in the 1990's Spider-Man animated series. Once again he was shown wearing the same old white lab coat and purple pants.

MTV's Spider-Man: The New Animated Series presented a much more reptilian, pantless Lizard in 2003.

Although the Lizard never appeared in the first Spider-Man trilogy, Doc Connors was mentioned in the first movie and appeared in parts 2 and 3. It seemed inevitable that the Lizard would appear eventually, though the Vulture was inexplicably scheduled for the canceled Spider-Man 4 rather than the Lizard.

Most recently, the Lizard appeared in the animated Spectacular Spider-Man animated series and the pants were back. As one of Spidey's oldest and most classic foes, I am sure his arrival in the new film will come as welcome news.


  1. Yes, I'm glad we finally get to see Lizard on the big screen. Too bad Dylan Baker got shafted. I hope there's another villain besides the Lizard in the reboot, though.

  2. You could add now Ifans as Lizard from new "Amazing Spider Man" movie)