Rumor of the Day: J. Jonah Jameson WON'T be in Spider-Man reboot?

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Dec 14, 2012

Have you wondered why the name of the actor who's playing J. Jonah Jameson in the
new Spider-Man movie has not been revealed yet? Apparently it's because Jameson doesn't appear in the film.

Sources have told IGN that the hard-boiled, tough-talking, Spidey-hating editor of the Daily Bugle—who also ends up being the boss of freelance photographer and
Spidey alter ego Peter Parker—will not be a part of the film. The role was
played memorably by J.K. Simmons in the three previous Spider-Man movies, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire.

As previously reported, this Spider-Man is supposedly a reboot of the character that takes him back to his high school days. So even though Peter starts snapping for the Bugle at a pretty young age in the comics, perhaps the movie doesn't quite get into that part of his life yet.

Still, it's kind of sad that one of the most famous characters from the Spider-Man
mythology won't be back for this film, especially since names like John Slattery
(Mad Men) and Sam Elliott (The Hulk) were being thrown around at one point as rumored contenders for the role. Pics have surfaced online of a Bugle delivery truck on the set, so at least the paper itself makes some kind of appearance.

The new Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield in the title role and directed in 3-D by Marc Webb, will hit theaters on July 3, 2012.

Is this a mistake? Can it really be a Spider-Man movie without the J-man chomping on
his cigar and shouting, "Parker!" at the top of his lungs?