The movie was directed by James Cameron. Film fans have heard it for a long time. The idea of one of the greatest blockbuster filmmakers in history tackling one of the most popular, cinematic superheroes is very exciting. It almost happened in the mid 1990s. Right issues killed the film before it could be made.
In a new interview, the director of Aliens, True Lies, and the other films talks about what he would have done to bring the Web-Slinger to life. I wanted to make something that was realistic. I wanted to do something that was more in the vein of Aliens and Terminator and that you could buy into the reality right away. You are not in a mythical city. It always felt like a kind of fairytale-like when it was like Superman and the Daily Planet. I wanted it to be New York. It is now. A guy is bitten by a spider. He turns into a kid with powers and he has a dream of being Spider-Man, and he makes a terrible suit, and then he has to improve it, because his big problem is the damn suit. Things like that. I wanted it to be in reality and universal. It would have been a lot of fun to make.
He explained that he wanted to focus on the fact that the character might be called Spider-Man, but he is unpopular and that his powers are a metaphor for something else. He believed that the powers were the undiscovered potential that people don't know about. It was also a metaphor for puberty and all the changes to your body, your anxieties about society, about society's expectations, your relationships with your gender of choice that you're attracted to, all those things.
Which, look. Sounds good. It is one thing for him to say something. It would have been better to see how he would represent those things in a visual story. It is rather basic Spidey stuff. Maybe it is for the best. When he couldn't convince Fox to give him the rights to him, it set him up on a new path.
After Titanic, he decided to do his own things and not work in the house of others' intellectual property. I needed to just go make my own stuff because of Spider-Man not coming together. It sounds like Spider-Man is to blame for the movie.
Head over to ScreenCrush for more on the movie rights to Spider-Man, as well as his thoughts on Stan Lee and web shooters.
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