It’s unlikely that general viewers – or Garfield and the rest of his supporting cast and crew, for that matter – will ever really know what went on behind closed doors in the making of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or what ultimately led to the cancellation of plans for two subsequent series installments and several spin-off features. Echoing Garfield’s struggle to find balance in serving character and story within a blockbuster franchise, Adams reflected on her own struggles in portraying Lois Lane in Batman V Superman with the following comment:
“That’s the tricky thing with Lois, that I find is, I love playing her, I love everyone I work with, but sometimes it’s tricky because I feel she’s in service of the story instead of the story serving the character. That sometimes can be tricky when you show up and you really wanna retain a character and you have to serve the story….in a perfect universe they all work together.”
Fans of both DC and Marvel characters undoubtedly have their own opinions about what did or did not go wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man films and Batman V Superman. Nevertheless, Garfield and Adams’ respective thoughts about their experiences working on Hollywood blockbusters make for good food for thought – and their misgivings about performing in the two films as two iconic comic book characters speaks volumes about the current nature of the filmmaking industry in general. Superhero movies are continually expected to outperform the installments that directly preceded them, which may be a business model worth reconsidering.