"Ned is really an innocent, genuine, sweet kid," Batalon offers. "And so, I haven't been those things since like... I sort of just drew from my childhood when I was younger and didn't know any better. Because, you know, he's really naive in a sense. He just loves Star Wars, and he's super-smart. And he just loves to play around, so... I just went back to when I was a kid playing Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon. Yeah."
Batalon also previously offered the following in a recent interview.
"Ned Leeds. I play Peter Parker's best friend in the film," Batalon said. "We are both in high school. We are about fifteen. It's about Peter dealing with being a superhero and going through puberty. He still has to worry about homework. He still has to worry about his crush liking him while trying to save someone who's probably in a burning building. He can't tell anyone because he's not the cool kid, so he is just stuck with this really cool life that he can't tell anyone about."
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" has a July 7, 2017 release directed by Jon Watts starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' "Captain: Civil War," begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."