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Andrew Garfield as tortured 'Spider-Man'? [image]

January 13, 2011 |  1:00 pm

SpiderIt must be the week for first images. After Rooney Mara threw us with her new punked-up look ("Rooney Mara, showing more than dragon tattoos"), Andrew Garfield shows us what he looks like in character and in costume with this first image of him as Spider-Man, in Marc Webb's new take on the superhero.

It's dicey to read too much into one image, but there's something unmistakably shoegazing about the image -- perhaps because he actually seems to be gazing at his shoes -- and even a little anti-heroic.

Which would fit with some of what's been rumored about the new character and Garfield's own approach to keep things smaller and more, well, human.

At the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood panel, for instance, Garfield told my colleague Amy Kaufman that despite the larger-than-life quality to the role, "I'm just gonna still approach it like I’m doing a short film of 'Spider-Man' that my friend is directing."

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Andrew Garfield in "Spider-Man." Credit: Sony Pictures