Apparently Willem Dafoe, the Green Goblin of yesteryear, isn’t too pleased by Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Dafoe’s only ever watched the trailer, because watching a 2 hour flick is a massive drain on his usual activities (which I’m assuming are general acts of badassery, like dressing leading firefights against Irish Mobsters).

Even without a proper viewing, though, Dafoe’s convinced Webb’s reboot of the franchise is crass and purely commercial.

“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,’” Dafoe told us. “I thought, ‘This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'”

Although, Dafoe later yielded:

“You know, in the theatre, people play the same role all the time. I don’t know anything about it, really,” he says.

Very Tactful, Mr. Dafoe.

Still, I find myself arguing the same issues. Why did Marc Webb retell a recently adapted origin story for his first Spider-Man film? I know he wanted to incorporate some Lost style mystery (which is a lame addition to recent blockbusters… Prometheus, I’m looking at you), but was it necessary?