Typically, Spider-Man would be the one doing the saving, but even Spidey is powerless against studio executives who don’t have any real understanding of what they’re doing.
And what many commenters–I mean you, AMC Movie Talk in particular–seem to be missing about the mess that’s stemmed from the Sony email dump is not that the executives involved are throwing ideas agains to wall to see what sticks (pardon the pun), it’s that the ideas that they are considering are really, really bad.
For instance, a standalone movie feature Aunt May? As a spy?
Believe it or not, I have nothing against her. As a supporting character she’s pretty interesting, though the problem is that Sony hasn’t even properly developed Spider-Man at this point, and they’re not only talking about spin-offs, but they’re considering a movie based on a character that was never designed to headline in the first place (which isn’t to say that there weren’t comics that featured Aunt May, but despite having not read any I feel relatively safe in saying that they would’ve come relatively late in the cycle).
After all, the movie and the comic are called “The Amazing Spider-Man,” not “The Amazing Aunt May” for a reason.
Is there a possibility that saner heads will prevail, and Sony will finally be able to produce a Spider-Man movie worthy of the name? Perhaps, but based upon their most recent output, I am just not seeing it.
People criticize–in most instances quite justifiably–Joel Schumacher and his excesses on the Batman films (Bat-nipples, and shots showing the Bat-posterior in all its glory) though when you think about it Schumacher was in his own way paying homage to the comics. Sure, it was garish, silly (in a very bad way), and campy, but you could see that there was respect for the characters as well.
I get the feeling that Marc Webb is following a similar path (minus the overtly blatant homosexual references) because he–as well as writers like Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci–don’t actually understand the character.
When you combine this lack of understanding with studio interference and budgets way larger than they should be, then the recipe is exactly what we’re seeing unfold a Sony.
Where we can witness a studio doing the seemingly impossible, taking a comic character loved the world over and ending up with a box-office flop.