Although critics have more or less encouraged Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark to embrace its awfulness and maybe just turn it into the Noises Off of superhero rock musicals, producers refuse to yield to such cynicism, believing deeply in the can-do spirit of their little $65-million community pageant. So they’ve reportedly turned the show’s much-derided book over to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a prolific, Harvey-winning comics writer who’s worked on The Sensational Spider-Man (as well as many other titles), and who also has experience in theater, having staged several plays of his own and recently completed an updated version of 1966’s It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman, which thanks to Spider-Man is now pretty much the Long Day’s Journey Into Night of superhero plays. And he also worked on season four of Big Love, so he’s well-versed in outlandish, muddled storylines. Roasted. Anyway, according to Deadline, Aguirre-Sacasa has been brought in to provide an “insider’s voice,” presumably utilizing his vast knowledge of Spider-Man mythology to say, “Perhaps we don’t need an extended musical number where a giant spider and her giant spider gal pals go shoe shopping?”

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