Veteran writer and producer Paul Dini has joined the creative team for the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, MTV's Splash Page reports. He'll work with such familiar names as Brian Michael Bendis, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle.
Officially announced in April, Ultimate Spider-Man will debut in fall 2011 on Disney XD. As the title suggests, the cartoon will have roots in the long-running comics series launched in 2000 by Bendis and Mark Bagley.
"It's 50/50," Dini, who worked on the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, tells Splash Page. "There are elements that are going to come directly from the comics, and there are elements that are just going to take it into an entirely new and different direction — and yet, they're going to harken back to that particular iteration of Spider-Man."
He also reveals the series will include "a lot of guest-star action," and a redefinition of Peter Parker "within the Spider-Man world."
"We're going to change a few things — nothing too dramatically," Dini says, "but you look at the Spider-Man concept from the early '60s and you take a look at where teens are now, and you realize you can't really go back and redo what was done so well in the comics. [...] You also don't want to repeat the same old tropes. As much as I love elements of Spider-Man's past, I don't really want to go back in and retell the Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin story in animation just so I can do my take on it. I don't want to redo the first Spider Slayer story. I don't want to redo some of those classic Lee/Romita and Lee/Ditko stories just for the sake of seeing them rendered in animation. For now, I just want to approach Spider-Man with fresh eyes, taking a few things we know about him and just doing a new spin on the concept."