‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Director Was ‘Skeptical’ Of Reboot

Marc Webb knows he’s got big shoes to fill. But he sees a need for those red boots to be filled again.

The “(500) Days of Summer” director sat down with Total Film at Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming superhero film “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Webb said he felt that Spider-Man as a character is so much a part of our culture that he belongs on the big screen, even though he was last up there not too long ago.

“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,” Webb said. “I was a little skeptical 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!”

“The Amazing Spider-Man” will be Webb’s second feature film, and first venture into 3-D. The 3-D footage shown at Comic-Con — Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man swinging through New York City from a first person perspective — was met with mixed reviews. Webb said that he is playing with the “experimental component” of 3-D, and always planned to shoot certain scenes with 3-D in mind. What’s interesting, though, is he’s not relying solely on CGI.

“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,” he said. “I thought that was really exciting, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics!”

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