Check Out Willem Dafoe’s Terrifying Original ‘Spider-Man’ Green Goblin Mask
While plenty of fans hold Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man film close to their hearts, it’s probably fair to say that the costume for Willem Dafoe‘s Green Goblin hasn’t aged particularly well. Given the dynamic costumes for the current generation of Marvel villains - including Frank Grillo‘s Crossbones, Cate Blanchett‘s Hera, and plenty more - Dafoe’s Green Goblin seems a little bulky and a lot campy, not unlike a Power Rangers villain that wandered out of his franchise and somehow ended up in the Marvel universe. It certainly gets the job done by the standards of the day, but rewatching scenes from that film suggest that the studio had a missed opportunity to do something a little more memorable with the character.
As it turns out, though, that wasn’t always the look the studio had in mind for the Green Goblin. Earlier this week, we were treated to a glimpse of a darker (and more profane?) take on Spider-Man thanks to actor Tobey Maguire’s screen test; now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we can check out this Amalgamated Dynamics footage of the terrifying prototype for Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin mask. The mast features an alarming degree of facial expressions - for some reason, the looks of sadness are far more alarming than the mask’s screaming face - and would have aligned nicely with the Goblin of the comics.
The original Green Goblin mask would’ve undoubtedly pleased the hardcore fans, but if you watch even a few seconds of the video, it becomes pretty obvious that the studio wouldn’t have been able to target families with their Spider-Man movie in quite the same way. I mean, that mask looks like something ripped from a particularly expensive ‘80s horror film - that’s meant as a compliment, by the way - and that won’t exactly give your superhero movie the kind of crossover success you’re looking for. If anything, this is another opportunity to pour one out for the power of animatronics on film. The next time Green Goblin finds his way into the Spider-Man universe, he’ll undoubtedly be created almost entirely via CGI, making Amalgamated Dynamics’ creation a sad reminder of an era in blockbuster filmmaking that’s on its way out.