The Amazing Spider-Man debuted to a successful box office and positive reviews back in 2012, and actor Andrew Garfield couldn’t have been more excited to play the iconic hero, a hero he loved since he was a child. The reality of filmmaking, in particular, superhero films, did damper that enthusiasm quite a bit though.
In a new interview with Variety, Garfield and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actress Amy Adams were asked about the process of superhero films, where at times the story is more important than the characters themselves.
“That’s the tricky thing with Lois Lane that I find,” says Adams. 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 a character. That can be tricky: When you show up and you really want to retain a character and you have to serve the story. Does that make sense? In a perfect universe, they all work together. I always want to service the story, but I want to feel supported in the character as well.”
Both stars admit there is some heartbreak involved when the story takes precedence over character, especially characters that you enjoy playing.
“There’s something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were not actually top of the priority list, ultimately, ” said Garfield. “And I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story and to serve this incredible character I’d been dressing as since I was 3. And then it gets compromised, and it breaks my heart. I got heartbroken a little bit.”
“I’ve signed on to things for one reason, and they’ve turned into something else, and it’s always a little heartbreaking because you have to let go of that ideal,” says Adams. “It’s kind of part of growing up — you have to mature through that.”
When you’re dealing with material that has such an extensive and dense history, there are compromises that need to be made. That said, the big two comic companies do differ in their approaches to what is compromised, and how much focus is maintained on the characters themselves.
While it didn’t turn out like he had hoped, Garfield’s two Spider-Man films are still well liked, and he has successfully moved on to other projects, such as the recently released Hacksaw Ridge. Tom Holland made his debut in the Spider-suit in Captain America: Civil War, and will reprise the role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.