James Franco, who played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, recently gave his perspective on the reboot of the franchise and Dane DeHaan playing his former role. While he was very nonchalant about DeHaan taking on the role of Harry, he was a bit more opinionated regarding his thoughts on the latest film stating, “…they could have strayed a little bit more from the original.”
While I agree there are some things The Amazing Spider-Man could have improved on, I think that James Franco’s opinion is a bit biased given that he is going to be partial to the franchise he starred in and is also currently working on a film with Sam Raimi, the first franchise’s director. When you ask the opinion of someone who has ties to an original, it’s going to be difficult for them to accept the updated version. For instance, when Adam West was asked about Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman he had many negative things to say and some very outlandish suggestions. I’m not saying that I don’t agree that the film could have had a little bit more distance from Raimi’s version, but I wouldn’t want the origin left out and I certainly wouldn’t want an origin that strayed too far from the original story. They added some things we wanted like showing off Peter’s intellect, his web shooter design, bringing in Gwen Stacy, and not having a whiney little b*tch play Peter Parker (that’s right I said it). I loved Raimi’s Spider-Man films but I liked Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man better. If anything, the reboot happened too soon with Raimi’s Spider-Man still fresh in our minds and it dampened the excitement. I personally liked the reboot, it just came about at the wrong time.