‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ romance inspired by Judd Apatow movies

Director Marc Webb says he channelled films like 'Knocked Up' to make the romance feel more 'real'

Director Marc Webb has revealed that he wanted the romantic scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man to capture the tone of Judd Apatow movies.

The superhero reboot, which opened in the UK and the US on Tuesday (July 3), features a romantic story arc between Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker and college student Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. After meeting on set, the actors have been dating in real-life since last summer.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Webb revealed that the pair’s connection was obvious from the start. “The chemistry is interesting, because Andrew comes from a more intense, theatrically-trained background. He’s done some trickster roles like in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, but he’s got this great emotional dimension and muscle. Emma comes from improvisational comedy and lightness and has such great humour, but both have an ability to remain spontaneous and open and aware – and those different paths sort of converge in a really beautiful, magical way. And when we did the screen test, you knew it was going to work – it was really that simple.”

Webb also revealed that he channelled Judd Apatow films like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin to make the screen romance feel more realistic. “I wanted to honour the emotions of the scene and not just the dialogue. I love Judd Apatow movies, where you feel these people are so real, and I wanted to capture that tone,” he said.

The Amazing Spider-Man reportedly broke a US box office record after taking $35 million (£22 million) on its first day in cinemas on Tuesday (July 3). A pair of sequels are already being planned and Garfield has revealed that he wants to return as Peter Parker.