Josh Keaton, who voices Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming animated The Spectacular Spider-Man, faced some challenges bringing the world-famous superhero to life. Speaking to Marvel.com, Keaton talked about his own history with the character.
Keaton revealed that he was a fan of the web-slinger as a kid, and upon earning the role, went back and picked up the "Essential" collections of Spider-Man for research into the character. Asked what it was like to bring the character to life, Keaton responded:
Keaton said that while he didn't base his portrayal on any particular previous interpretation of the character, he did consider the character's history in figuring out how he would tackle Spidey. But he did describe what he felt was the character's defining characteristic:
Keaton also said of Peter Parker, "He kind of wants to have a normal high-school life... He still loves what he has, and I don't think he would ever in a million years give up his intelligence to just be a football star like Flash Thompson but on some level he wants some of what that is, and he wants to have some of that cool life."
The Spectacular Spider-Man premiers on the CW network on Saturday, March 8, 2008.