The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV series)
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The Spectacular Spider-Man (entitled The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series) is the most recent American animated series based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It premiered on March 8, 2008 during the Kids' WB! programming block of The CW. It is currently airing on the Kids' WB! successor, The CW4Kids.
The Spectacular Spider-Man is the latest in the line of Spider-Man animated series, which include The Amazing Spider-Man (1967–1969), Spider-Man (1981-1982), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981–1983), Spider-Man (1994–1998), Spider-Man Unlimited (1999) and Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003). The series is based on the original Spider-Man comics created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko but references many other Spider-Man sources, such as the film trilogy and the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics. With Peter Parker starting off as a high school teenager, the new show has aspects of teenage angst in a modern world with modern social tools such as cell phones/text messaging along with pseudo-science to create the various super-villains. The program's tone is a combination of cartoon action, drama and comedy. In early episodes, Peter Parker begins rethinking his identity as Spider-Man and takes a dark tone at moments, but quickly switches back to light hearted high school comedy and awkward situations.
Each season of the series is set during a semester of Peter's high school year with Season One running from September to Thanksgiving and Season Two from December to March.
The Spectacular Spider-Man was announced by Kids' WB Senior Vice President and General Manager Betsy McGowen and Sony Pictures Television Co-President Zack Van Amburg in March 2007. The series is produced by Culver Entertainment. It premiered on March 8, 2008 on Kids' WB on The CW, one week after it was originally scheduled to premiere.
According to writer Greg Weisman the timeline of the original Spider-Man story-arcs, which the series is based on, was condensed in order to move the series forward and include such classic and important characters such as Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, and Harry Osborn.
The series is structured into multiple small loose "arcs" for DVD releases; the first season consists of four such arcs, beginning with a three-episode arc that introduces Dr. Connors and his experimentations with Lizard DNA and Peter's time with Empire State University before he joins the Daily Bugle, the second three-episode story centred on Norman Osborn's experiments and the villains they create for the Big Man, the third three-episode arc follows the mysterious Green Goblin and Harry Osborn's use of "Globulin Green" formula and a final four-part adventure featuring Spider-Man's symbiote costume.
The show's creators are striving to reach 65 episodes.
The main theme song is performed by The Tender Box.
Hasbro released a toy line of action figures in March 2008.
Main article: List of Spectacular Spider-Man characters
Main article: List of Spectacular Spider-Man episodes
The first DVD for the show has been announced and will be entitled "Attack of the Lizard"; it will include the first three episodes edited together to form a stand-alone story and released on September 9, 2008[.
According to the Monkeybar tv section of the Hasbro website the second DVD will be entitled "Rise of the Supervillains".
Aside from DVDs for each story arc there has been mention of a season boxset