In its new comic book movie preview issue, Total Film sits down with Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb about his first foray into blockbuster filmmaking, and why Spider-Man needed a reboot so darn soon after Sam Raimi‘s trilogy wrapped just four years ago.
“Spider-Man is part of our culture, he’s a perennial character. He belongs on the big screen,” explained Webb. “I was a little sceptical at first – you feel the presence of those other movies. But then I was like, ‘How could I walk away from this? What an opportunity!’ What better cinematic character is there than Spidey!”
Webb also pointed out that the departure of creator does not necessarily mean that the story has to stand for a non-specific though lengthy period of time. “Spidey is constantly re-examined and there’s way too many versions of him in the comics… That was something I thought we could do cinematically.”
On the film’s 3-D component, the (500) Days of Summer filmmaker says he enthusiastically took up the challenge. “There’s an experiential component to 3D that’s really fantastic and we’re experimenting with generating that point of view so you feel how Spider-Man feels when he’s jumping over these buildings,” he said. “We made a conscious effort to do those effects practically and we had an incredible stunt team. We built this whole rig – hundreds of feet long – in Harlem, and we actually swung a man through traffic down the street. I thought that was really exciting, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics!”
You can read more from Webb in the new issue of Total Film on newsstands today. The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theatres next summer.
Source: Total Film