Franco: “Man Of Steel” Yes, “Spider-Man” No

Like Kanye, James Franco seems to think he has to be everywhere these days. From museum art installations to directing and starring in various Hollywood features, the 35-year-old actor remains one of the most vocal performers in show business. Enter Tuesday’s “Man of Steel” review. Having recently critiqued Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” for Vice magazine, Franco decided to weigh in on Warner Bros.’ $225 million blockbuster, which he actually liked. “‘Man of Steel’ is great because it delivers everything it should,” he wrote after the film’s London premiere. “It made Superman cool again.” But then he threw in a little bit of kryptonite. In an effort to explain why Hollywood continues to make and remake these big-budget films, Franco wrote “The answer is, of course, money. We are in the film business, and the studios are owned by large corporations who want to make money.”

Franco admitted he, too, got swept up in the comicbook biz, having starred in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” franchise in the early 2000s, but went on to question the financial motives of Sony and Columbia Pictures, who recently rebooted the popular franchise “before the corpse was buried.”

“I don’t really feel much distress over its being remade,” he said of the new Spider-Man films, “but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly — and the reasons why.”

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