Since Spider-Man is getting rebooted (hopefully the right way!), I wanted to share my thoughts on it. Before I go further, let me summarize what I think of the live-action Spider-Man films on the big screen already...
Spider-Man 1: Great. Very accurate to the source material (while cleverly using references from the '90s cartoon), but Kirsten Dunst as M.J. didn't work for me.
Spider-Man 2: Overrated and boring.
Spider-Man 3: Terrible.
Amazing Spider-Man: Waste of potential.
Amazing Spider-Man 2: Terriblex2.
And now the new one is now tasked with getting Spidey back on track...
But the once Cameron dreamed web-slinging flick?! I think would have been the best interpretation of Spider-Man, ever! Yes, I do love Spider-Man 1, and the only problem I have with it was Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane. She was more tolerable in Spider-Man 1 than she was in 2&3. She simply lacked the sparky personality and beauty from the comics. This, I think, was 100% accurate to the comics. Granted this does not include the origin, but somehow it doesn't really bother me that much and I think it works.
For those of you who don't know, James Cameron wanted this based on 'The Night Gwen Stacy Died' storyline. Where Norman Osborn/Green Goblin murders Spidey's great love, Gwen Stacy. After Gwen Stacy dies, Spider-Man finds the Goblin to avenge her death.
Eventually, like the comics and very similar to Spider-Man 1, after the fight between them, Goblin would eventually meet his demise after impaling himself with his own glider.
Here's the script to prove that this was true and not made up.
Edward Furlong as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
After working with Furlong on Terminator 2, Cameron was impressed by his performance and John Connor was chosen by Cameron to play the web-crawler himself. Personally, I believe that Furlong was an underrated actor of the 1990s and I think Cameron made a brilliant decision. I think he would have blown both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield out of the water. Furlong has the look of Peter Parker and can pull off Spider-Man's wise-cracks successfully while still being emotional at the same time.
Lance Henriksen as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin.
With the success of working with Henriksen on Terminator 1 and Aliens, Cameron was impressed with his performance as the main antagonist in Hard Target, Lance was chosen to play the web-crawler's arch nemesis, the Green Goblin. Osborne was the tyrannical businessman and father of Harry Osborn. Don't get me wrong, I loved Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin and he did a fantastic job in every way (despite the mediocre costume - not his fault). But Henriksen would have perfected this role. His cold and calculating presence and menacing voice would have helped him bring the character to life in every possible way.
Drew Barrymore as Gwen Stacy.
I'm really not sure exactly how she got the role. However, she may not be my favorite of the cast, but I feel as though she would have embodied the role well for the time. She looks the part; I'll say that's for sure. And I do think she would have done a much better job than Kirsten or Emma.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Harry Osborn.
Before working on the production of Titanic, DiCaprio was chosen to play Harry Osborn. The son of the sinister Norman Osborn and Peter Parker's best friend. Leo is definitely best at playing a tragic character with an innocence to them, which is what you need for the role of Harry Osborn in order to feel sorry for him in the long-run. I think the charming DiCaprio would have had impeccable chemistry with the equally enthralling Henriksen in a father/son pairing, too.
Nikki Cox as Mary Jane Watson.
Haven't seen her in much, but I gotta say: She's got the look down to a tee. From just looking at the above photo, I think she would have completely embodied the character.
R. Lee Ermey as J. Jonah Jameson.
Probably my favorite casting choice. Cameron was friggin' genius casting this man as J.J. I loved J.K. Simmons and he did a great job, but Ermey was born to play this role.
It's a real shame this never got made. But, hey, at least we got one good Spider-Man movie (in my opinion). Am I right? Let me know what you guys think!