There aren’t many reasons why I’m against a reboot of the “Spider-Man” movie franchise. The third installment of Sam Raimi’s series was just embarrassingly bad and I’ll take anything that has the potential to get that sour taste out of my mouth. It’s encouraging that Marc Webb is directing, as I think “(500) Days of Summer” is fantastic. Of course, as we all know, everything that Zooey Deschanel does is magic.
But, this isn’t about Zooey (even though most things should be). This is about the first line in the sand I would draw with Mr. Webb: Do not recast J. Jonah Jameson. I get that Webb wants to start fresh, but I’m fairly certain that the fans wouldn’t mind seeing the great J.K. Simmons return in the role. His performances was loved by fans and critics alike and could be one of the more inspired pieces of movie casting ever.
Hilariously, this supposed Hollywood Insider post mentions John Slattery as a potential fit, claiming he has worked with Marvel. “Spider-Man” movies are produced by Sony Pictures and the “Iron Man” series is Marvel Studios. So, no Hollywood Insider, John Slattery has not worked with Sony on “Iron Man 2”. But thanks for playing. (Say that in your best geek arrogant Comic Book Guy voice)
I’d come up with a list of actors that I think could take the Jameson role, but it would look like this: J.K. Simmons, J.K. Simmons, J.K….you get the idea. Would it really bother anyone to see him back in the role? Is it going to remind of you of “Spider-Man 3: The Musical” or the fact that you aren’t seeing Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker? I don’t think it would bother most people at all. In fact, I bet if you stick Simmons back in there, you would be applauded.