In the year 2002 by the hand of Sam Raimi, Spider-Man came to theaters. Featuring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spidey and Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin, the film caused a sensation and a huge success. But before this happened, there were other plans which had Tim Burton as the chosen director to lead the Arachnid film. Now the reasons why this film never materialized are revealed.
It is somewhat difficult to imagine that the first Spider-Man trilogy in the cinema would have been commanded by Burton. In any case, the director had experience in the superhero genre since he was in charge of bringing Batman to the big screen with the great Batman (1989) and the sequel Batman Returns (1992). Even Tim was laying the groundwork for Superman’s return with a movie that had Nicolas Cage in the role of the Man of Steel.
It was recently the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the first Spidey film, so Variety interviewed screenwriter David Koepp. During the talk, Koepp revealed the reasons why Burton was not in charge of directing Spider-Man. According to the writer, there was a meeting between the then president of Columbia Pictures Amy Pascal and Tim and apparently the director showed that he had a side for comic stories, DC.
“I remember Amy Pascal telling me that they had met with Tim Burton, who in the meeting said, ‘I guess I’m just a DC guy,’ which sounds like someone who doesn’t really try very hard to get the job,” Koepp said. .
Considering Tim’s vision, it would have been interesting to see how he approached the Spidey universe, since it would surely be darker than the Sam trilogy.
What do you think, would you have liked a Burton version of Spidey?
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