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Crispin Freeman steps away from his luminary status in the world ofanime and video game voiceovers to assume the animated role ofElectro, a featured member of the rogues gallery of recurring villainsin "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 10:00a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Kids' WB! on The CW. Electro is thespotlight villain in the 10:30 a.m. episode entitled "Interactions."
To say the least, Freeman loves his job – and he's particularlyenjoying his latest run within "The Spectacular Spider-Man."
"It's a lark to do animated voices for super hero shows because youbasically get to be a Greek god," Freeman said. "You're running aroundwith 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 makeconnections. Nerdy Pete attempts to tutor the popular Liz Allan, whileSpidey 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 Adomitisdirected the script by Kevin Hopps.
Freeman has spent some time delving into the psyche of his characterin order to establish a better foundation from which to work.
"What's different about the voice of Electro is that I try toincorporate the psychological effect of his electrical powers on hissanity," Freeman said. "It never occurred to me before how that wouldhave an effect on his character – to be dealing with that curse andblessing. And when you think about it, that's also Peter Parker's coreissue."
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'smythology at the beginning of his hero's journey as a not-so-typical16-year-old. Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity andconfront the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life at home andschool, while combating more menacing super villains than ever before.Based on Marvel Entertainment's popular super hero, "The SpectacularSpider-Man" is produced by Culver Entertainment, a Sony PicturesTelevision Company.
The premiere episode of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" is entitled"Survival of the Fittest" (10:00 a.m. ET/PT). In the episode, summeris 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 ofcrime-fighting -- as Spider-Man faces his first real challenge (TheEnforcers) and his first real super-villain (Vulture). Victor Cookdirected the script, which was written by Greg Weisman.