Donald Glover for Spider-Man?
If you’ve been checking out Twitter lately, you may have seen an interesting hash tag: #donald4spiderman.
Yes, it seems the public is making their presence felt on the issue of who should be cast as the next Spider-Man. There is a large social media push for Derrick Comedy member and star of NBC’s “Community,” Donald Glover, to be the man.
After “Spider Man 4″ Director Marc Webb released his list of five (relatively unknown) actors that could be the new Peter Parker, i09′s Marc Bernardin brought a new spin to the list: “So why couldn’t Peter Parker be played by a black or a Hispanic actor? How does that invalidate who Peter Parker is? I’m not saying that the producers need to force the issue; that they need to cast a minority just for the sake of it — but in the face of such underwhelming options like Billy Elliot and the kid who played young Voldemort, why not broaden the search? It’s not like any of these blokes are lighting the world on fire like a young Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio.”
Thus, the battle cry from bloggers and commenters to bring some change to the role began. From the Twitter hashtag to a Facebook fan page which, at last count, has over 4,500 members, it seems the socialites are spreading their message.
Glover, himself, has shed some light on the situation. He seems in for the opportunity to play a different kind of Peter Parker. Here’s what he said yesterday on his Twitter account:
Personally, I love the idea of Donald Glover playing this radically new version of Peter Parker. Toby Maguire has such a stale personality and Glover could breathe new life into this billion dollar franchise. What do you all think? Would you like to see Donald Glover try his hand as the new Spider-Man? Send me your comments or feel free to tweet me your thoughts: @rlytle.
About Ryan Lytle
Ryan Lytle is currently a producer, reporter, and social media strategist for U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C. Whether by accident, or not, Ryan has attained a diverse set of skills in variety of work environments: video at Cincinnati.com, multimedia at The Washington Post, television production at NBC's The TODAY Show, social media at MTV Networks, and all of the above at U.S. News. With this blog, Ryan shares his knowledge and experiences working in the professional world.