Christopher Nolan might have been the first to formally introduce Anne Hathaway to the world of comic-book movies with The Dark Knight Rises, but apparently Sam Raimi had plans in the mid-2000s to use the actress as a different “cat” character in his aborted Spidey sequel.
As we all know, Raimi’s fourth Spider-Man film was canned in favor of the recent Amazing reboot with Marc Webb, but the director has opened up a bit about his original plans for a final installment in his Spider-Man series.
Raimi confirmed to Vulture that he had auditioned Hathaway to play Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat, a sexy burglar not unlike the Catwoman character Hathaway brought to life last year in The Dark Knight Rises. Raimi said he “loved what she was doing” in the audition process, and Nolan apparently saw the same spark and signed her up a few years later.
Though the casting had a bit of a backlash early, most fans agree that Hathaway was a good fit for the Dark Knight universe. It’d have been interesting to see what Raimi could’ve done with her in Spider-Man.
Speaking of that long-lost Spider-Man project, Raimi went on to say that he wanted to make a final film to redeem the failings of Spider-Man 3. But, when the studio kept ramping up the development cycle, he decided to walk away instead of running the risk that the movie would suffer:
“It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups: It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn't get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work. I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. But I couldn't get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, ‘I don't want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn't make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you've been planning anyway.’ And [Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio's money, and I appreciate your candor.’ So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of Spider-Man, and Sony Studios.”
With work well underway on Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man sequel, it’s interesting to look back and wonder what could’ve been if Raimi and Sony had been able to strike a deal. Do you think Raimi could’ve gotten Spidey back on track for one last hurrah?