Matt Wayne, who serves as the scriptwriter for SSM is no stranger to superhero cartoons, having also worked on Justice League and Hellboy: Sword of Storms. Toonzone got the chance to talk to Wayne about his work on The Spectacular Spider-Man.
This new Spider-man cartoon doesn't begin with his origin story, and so Wayne was asked why they were taking this approach with the cartoon. Wayne responded:
Asked about other interpretations of the character, Wayne had some feelings to express. He said that of the three Spider-Man films, Wayne said that he preferred the second film out of the trilogy. "The third movie came out while we were working on the new show, so we spent a lot of time gabbing about it," Wayne said. "But The Spectacular Spider-Man is set in high school, so our Peter Parker's not very much like the 20-something Pete of the last movie."
Wayne also said that while they appreciated, and would draw from other classic Spider-Man stories, "our take on the characters will spin the story to a new place. Direct adaptations are unlikely, but familiar bits are everywhere."
The Spectacular Spider-Man premiers on the CW network on Saturday, March 8, 2008.