I am a huge Spider-man fan and was really excited in 2002 when I heard they were making a Spider-man film. Sam Raimi was directing and it was going to star Tobey Maguire and feature the Green Goblin. Awesome!
The Green Goblin is a really cool villain. He looks like a goblin, flies around on this cool glider, throws pumpkin bombs, and knows Spider-man’s true identity. I couldn’t wait to see how this would be portrayed in a film.
It is just done completely wrong. That is not how the Green Goblin should look. That isn’t how anything should look.
I guess I can understand that this was supposed to be a mecha-suit armor version of the Green Goblin, but it just doesn’t look good. The suit looks stiff and the face is stuck in this awkward open-mouth snarl. We can even see Willem Dafeo’s face through the eyes and mesh-mouth.
It just look ridiculous.
It turns out that Sam Raimi rejected what would have been a great looking Green Goblin. This article from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts shows the prototype rejected by Sam Raimi.
That looks amazing! That is almost exactly what I pictured the Green Goblin to look like in a movie.
That seriously looks incredible. The mask’s facial features move realistically and can really be used to convey some great emotion.
I guess Sam Raimi said that he didn’t think the audience would believe a mask would be that animated when slipped onto someone’s head. Bad choice.