Here’s an unpopular opinion for ya: I liked Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Peter Parker.
No, I’m not kidding. I know a lot of Spider fans were crying blasphemy over The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Peter Parker being re-imagined as a wise-cracking Sk8ter Boy, but I actually didn’t mind this take on the character. Whether Garfield’s characterization was a good fit for Peter Parker/Spider-Man is debatable, but I did like how for once the science-loving whiz kid character wasn’t portrayed as a stereotypical dweeby loser. I found it a refreshing change of pace to see a smart kid who didn’t have a bowl-shaped haircut, thick glasses, a collared shirt buttoned all the way to the top, a pocket protector and high-water pants.
I plan to one day make a show featuring a super-smart genius kid who isn’t a stereotyped nerd or bookworm. I personally think we need to see more ‘cool’ smart kids. Just because someone’s prolific in math and science doesn’t automatically make that person physically awkward and socially retarded. Mathletes and Science Geeks can be outgoing, savvy and attractive too. To quote ESPN’s Bomani Jones: “Just because your kids are into science doesn’t mean you have to dress them like dorks. Smart kids like cool sneakers too!”