Preview: Electro debuts on "Spectacular Spider-Man"

Thu, March 6th, 2008 at 12:00am PST

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CBR News Team, Editor

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Crispin Freeman steps away from his luminary status in the world of

anime and video game voiceovers to assume the animated role of

Electro, a featured member of the rogues gallery of recurring villains

in "The Spectacular Spider-Man."

An all-new animated television series, "The Spectacular Spider-Man"

premieres Saturday, March 8 with back-to-back episodes airing at 10:00

a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Kids' WB! on The CW. Electro is the

spotlight villain in the 10:30 a.m. episode entitled "Interactions."

To say the least, Freeman loves his job – and he's particularly

enjoying his latest run within "The Spectacular Spider-Man."

"It's a lark to do animated voices for super hero shows because you

basically get to be a Greek god," Freeman said. "You're running around

with your name on your chest. It's fun, it's inspiring, it's enabling.

It's just a trip to be the voice of cartoons that I used to watch."

In "Interactions," Peter Parker and Spider-Man both try to make

connections. Nerdy Pete attempts to tutor the popular Liz Allan, while

Spidey reaches out to stop a new menace: Electro. Alanna Ubach

("Legally Blonde," "Waiting") provides the voice of Liz Allan.

Actor/musician Josh Keaton is Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Troy Adomitis

directed the script by Kevin Hopps.

Freeman has spent some time delving into the psyche of his character

in order to establish a better foundation from which to work.

"What's different about the voice of Electro is that I try to

incorporate the psychological effect of his electrical powers on his

sanity," Freeman said. "It never occurred to me before how that would

have an effect on his character – to be dealing with that curse and

blessing. And when you think about it, that's also Peter Parker's core


And are there any other tricks to creating the voice of Electro?

"Well, when in doubt, I stick my finger in a socket," Freeman said with a laugh.

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" picks up the original web-slinger's

mythology at the beginning of his hero's journey as a not-so-typical

16-year-old. Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity and

confront the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life at home and

school, while combating more menacing super villains than ever before.

Based on Marvel Entertainment's popular super hero, "The Spectacular

Spider-Man" is produced by Culver Entertainment, a Sony Pictures

Television Company.

The premiere episode of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" is entitled

"Survival of the Fittest" (10:00 a.m. ET/PT). In the episode, summer

is over for Peter Parker and school's ready to start -- both literally

(it's his junior year of high school), and in the real world of

crime-fighting -- as Spider-Man faces his first real challenge (The

Enforcers) and his first real super-villain (Vulture). Victor Cook

directed the script, which was written by Greg Weisman.

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