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In Defense Of The Reboot

posted Jul 2, 2012, 8:38 AM by   [ updated Jul 5, 2012, 7:40 PM ]
 (Bad Photoshop exists in every Spider-Man universe, apparently)

With The Amazing Spider-Man heading into theaters soon the biggest complaint I see is people whining that we don’t need a reboot so soon after the last Spider-Man series ended. Now I could bring up a lot of reasons to argue why the reboot happened. The one that usually works best is saying “Really? You want Spider-Man’s last on screen adventure to be Spider-Man 3? That movie sucked!” I could also bring up the more technical reasons, mentioning that Sony needed to produce another Spider-Man movie otherwise the film rights to the character would go back to Marvel, which would be great for me (Spidey in The Avengers sequel, yes!) but bad for Sony because Spider-Man is a pretty bankable superhero. 

I don’t get the vitriol towards reboots, I really don’t. Especially towards comic book characters which have been rebooted time and time again in the comic medium. DC just did it last summer! I think people are looking at it as someone coming in and erasing the memories of the movies they enjoyed and they will never ever get them back. Which is absolutely ridiculous because, as much as I’m sure George Clooney wishes it would disappear, films like Batman and Robin are indeed available on DVD. Reboots aren’t meant to erase the past. They are meant to suck away the money of a whole new generation of parents whose kids want the new merchandise. 

I’m sorry, that’s a cynical way of viewing it. A more positive side effect of studios wanting money is that we get a chance to see someone else’s take on the history of a character we all know and love. Comics have the benefit of being so detailed and extensive that you won’t be seeing the same movie twice. New actors, new writers, new directors could give you an appreciation of a character you might not have enjoyed before. Some people are going to come out of The Amazing Spider-Man preferring Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker but having a new appreciation of Gwen Stacy, and that’s fine. Personally I am looking forward to the sassier Peter Parker that Andrew Garfield seems to be playing while mourning the loss of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. It’ll be different, no doubt, but that isn’t a bad thing. 

Nobody is going to burn all the copies of the old Spider-Man movies after July, you have my word on this. Deep breaths, it will be fine. If the movie fails, they’ll just reboot it again.