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James Franco Criticizes 'Amazing Spider-Man' (Again), While Raving About 'Man of Steel'

The multi-hyphenate penned an op-ed for “Vice,” in which he says the Andrew Garfield franchise “arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one.”

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With Man of Steel soaring at the box office, what better time for James Franco -- star of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise -- to wax poetic about superheroes at the Cineplex?

In an op-ed penned for Vice, Franco offers his perspective on the newest superhero flick, revealing a bit of tension with former co-star Henry Cavill and reiterating is displeasure with the Marc Webb-helmed Amazing Spider-Man series.

While offering up his own experience in the superhero genre, Franco declares that Amazing Spider-Man “arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia.” But he is quick to clarify that “I don’t really feel much distress over it being remade, for many reasons, but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly.”

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The answer? Money, “of course,” though talent is a close second.

“When great directors like Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan show that equally great characters can live within special-effects-laden films, then the comic-book genre becomes legitimized and great actors will follow,” he writes. “But the biggest reason, we cannot forget, is money.”

But back to the point: what did Franco think  of Cavill as Superman?

“Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick,” says Franco. “My hunch is that he didn’t like me very much. I don’t know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn’t have liked myself back then because I was a difficult young actor who took himself too seriously.”

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After a brief trip down memory lane, in which Franco recalls Cavill auditioning for the role of Superman in Bryan Singer’s version (which ultimately went to Brandon Routh), Franco circles back to the headline ("Man of Steel: The Super Movie"). How did he like Man of Steel?

“A great film,” he dubs it, praising the decision to make Superman’s “S” symbol stand for “hope” on the planet Krypton.

“We love these movies because they’re so big, and damn, they’re all that we have,” he writes. “They aren’t going away, so we just have to keep hoping that they are, at the very least, well made.”

For more of Franco’s thoughts on the subject, click over to Vice.