Willem Dafoe doesn't think much of Marc Webb's re-imagining of the Spider-Man movies. The actor played Norman Osborn, aka The Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's 2002 vision of the film. According to Dafoe, the new version of the film isn't really a re-imagining at all - in fact, he says it's a rip-off of Raimi's version.
"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.'"
Both Dafoe and his former co-star James Franco seem to agree that the new film has been done for the sole purpose of making money, and have made comments saying so. Franco played Norman's son, Harry Osborn, Peter Parker's one-time best friend and heir to the Green Goblin persona. In an interview for Vice magazine, Franco stated that the new film was green-lighted too quickly,
"It arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia. When great directors like Same Raimi and Christopher Nolan show that equally great characters can live within the special-effects-laden films, then the comic book genre becomes legitimized and great actors will follow. But the biggest reason, we cannot forget, is money."
Dafoe made comments to the same effect, saying the reboot is nothing more than "a cynical approach to making money."
Do you share Dafoe and Franco's opinion on the new Spider-Man film?