Willem Dafoe calls ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ reboot a ‘cynical approach to making money’

Actor - who starred in 2002's 'Spider-Man' - criticises 2012 reboot

Willem Dafoe has described the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise as a “cynical approach to making money”.

Dafoe starred as the villainous Green Goblin in the first of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films in 2002. Raimi went on to direct a further two installments in his series, but the franchise was rebooted last year with Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

Speaking to Total Film, Dafoe said of the new series of films: “I saw a trailer for the first Spider-Man reboot and I thought, ‘This is crazy! It’s not shot for shot, but it’s the same story. I thought, ‘This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'”.


However, Dafoe did admit that Raimi’s trilogy had lost momentum after the first film, stating: “I like Spider-Man, the first one that I was involved in. Because although you can argue all sorts of things, from my perspective it was very pure. The way Sam Raimi approached it, it was pure in its intentions and I think he captured, particularly, Tobey [Maguire, who played the title role] at that particular moment. Then after that it became more difficult because it’s hard to achieve that when it’s gotten some kind of attention and a certain level of success.”

Previously, James Franco – who starred in all three of Raimi’s Spider-Man films as Harry Osborne – also criticised the decision to reboot the franchise. “I don’t really feel much distress over it being remade, for many reasons, but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly,” he wrote in Vice magazine. “When great directors like Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan show that equally great characters can live within special-effects-laden films, then the comic-book genre becomes legitimised and great actors will follow. But the biggest reason, we cannot forget, is money.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently in post-production, with Andrew Garfield returning as Peter Parker and Emma Stone reprising her role as Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx also appears in the movie, as he plays Electro, a baddie with the ability to control electricity. A brief teaser clip featuring Foxx’s high-voltage villain was released at San Diego Comic-Con last month (July) and you can watch it here.