Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

In translating comic strips to the screen (in this case, as pilot for a TV series), film-makers generally seem either to remove all the guts, or to adopt such a derisive tone that they come out looking a whole lot dumber than their source. Some attempt is made to avoid these traps here: Stan Lee worked on the script, and most of Marvel Comics' larger-than-life characters are retained, while the plot just about takes itself seriously enough to generate a certain momentum. But the film falls down largely because its lack of resources necessitates so much repetition. The video special effects of Spider-Man crawling up walls work a whole lot better than the way it was done on Batman; but as Star Wars so decisively showed, comic strips demand budgets as lavish as their conception.


Release details

94 mins

Cast and crew

EW Swackhamer
Alvin Boretz
Nicholas Hammond
Lisa Eilbacher
Michael Pataki
David White
Thayer David
Ivor Francis
Jeff Donnell
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