Reefs on the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book version of the rhinoceros, in which Aleksei Sytsevich is turned into a man buried in a gigantic body of robotic armor, Giamatti’s rhinoceros feels like a relic of the Joel Schumacher era of superhero movies where every scene was overplayed 568 times, and there was no such thing as good dialogue. Honestly, this interpretation of the Rhino character is awful, but I’m sure the paycheck was nice. – David Crow
10. The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan)
In the confusing, tangled mess that is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, perhaps no character — well, except Paul Giamatti’s Rhinoceros — gets poorer treatment than Harry Osborn. Dane DeHaan, a moody actor at best and a comatose at worst, Harry rushes through an arc in perhaps 15 minutes of screen time that previously took James Franco three films to complete.
DeHaan’s Osborn begins his journey by returning home after ten years of boarding school to be on the deathbed of his father Norman (Chris Cooper). Then the movie ends as he buzzes around on a glider as a grinning psychopath mutated by an injection of magical spider blood. His “kind of Green Goblin” seems to be unnecessarily stuck in the movie thanks to Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach’s obsession with creating an instant Spider-verse. As a result, the character makes – this should be Peter Parker’s best friend! – no impression whatsoever. Plus, his costume and makeup are worthless, and that’s in a movie with Jamie Foxx’s Electro get-up. Another reason we’re thankful that this particular version of the franchise has collapsed. – Don Kay
9. Electro (Jamie Foxx)
Another winner of The Amazing Spider-Man 2Jamie Foxx’s nervous and superficial interpretation of Max Dillon, aka Electro, also felt like it came out of a Schumacher Batman movie. More specifically, it’s a direct knock-off at the scenario level of Jim Carrey’s Riddler in Batman forever (1995). But while that Batman movie was meant to be camp, Foxx plays a nebbish loser who relies on all the visual shorthand of an SNL sketch – he’s got a comb-over and two-inch-thick glasses as he sings happy birthday to himself – in a movie where Andrew Garfield’s Spidey is mopey and in love, and whose girlfriend is then murdered right in front of his eyes at the end of The Picture.
The tonal dissonance between these elements borders on downright disaster, but even in more experienced directing hands, it’s hard to imagine Foxx’s Electro coming much higher on the list. As initially conceived, he is a walking series of clichés transformed into a neon blue eyesore. Some of the digital effects of Spider-Man dodging artificial lightning are fun, but they’re little more than a distracting light show before Foxx returns to the screen to sulk under a pound of CG makeup. – DC
8. The Lizard (Rhys Ifans)
Spider-Man fans were excited to see Dylan Baker cast as Dr. Curt Connors at Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, complete with a missing arm but reimagined as professor and semi-mentor for Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker. Unfortunately, Baker never got the chance to transform into his scaly alter-ego, The Lizard. So it was up to Rhys Ifans to pick up the mantle for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The results were mixed.