|The Amazing Spider-Man - Columbia Pictures (2012)|
Case in point, io9 posted a well-researched article by Charlie Jane Anders that summarizes nearly thirty years of ill-fated attempts at bringing Spider-Man to the big screen. Some of the knowledge that Anders drops in this piece might stump the most die-hard movie fan. I was surprised at how little I knew about Spidey's Hollywood history.
|Poster for the never-made Cannon Spider-Man movie (1990)|
How about this one? Bet you didn't know that Roger Corman, producer of B movie "classics" like It Conquered the World and Little Shop of Horrors, came close to making his Spidey movie in 1982. Had it been made, it would've been based on a screenplay by Spidey co-creator, Stan Lee.
Of all the failed attempts at a Spidey flick, the James Cameron version is the one that probably would've been the coolest. He actually wrote a script in 1993 that strayed quite a bit from the comic book (including the first use of organic webshooters), but unfortunately, the movie rights to Spidey got tangled up in a long court battle, and the movie was scrapped.
|Pre-production image from James Cameron's ill-fated Spider-Man movie (1993)|
While some of the info in the io9 article might be known to long-time Spidey fans (such as James Cameron's screenplay from the early '90s) some of the facts are pretty obscure. If you want to learn the complete history of superheroes in the movies, here are the three books Anders references in his article -
Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book by Jordan Raphael and Tom Spurgeon
Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon (Cappella Books) by Jake Rossen
Comic Book Heroes of the Screen by William Schoell.