Spider-ManYou've got to hand it to them. Hollywood executives are not normally known for their bravery and ability to embrace change. But, in rebooting the 'Spider-Man' franchise, as we've just seen Sony do, the studio suits have shown a willingness to throw out a successful juggernaut and hope for the best with a new team. Out went director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and a proven track record that pulled in $2.5 billion in three films. In their place? Half of the puzzle so far: A one-time director of a romantic comedy, Marc Webb.

But the people at Sony didn't go into this blindly. They saw strong precedent for an overhaul. 2005's 'Batman Begins' brought us a new caped crusader (Christian Bale) and director (Christopher Nolan), who are now working on their third Batman film in a franchise that has been totally revitalized. Or, there's 007, which got a reboot in 2006, with a new super spy played by Daniel Craig, who will be leading the way to a third film in the franchise.
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