- Dakota Johnson jokingly compares her Madame Web stunt driving skills to Tom Cruise.
- The actress aims to make her character relatable and grounded in reality, with emphasis on her human experiences.
- Director S.J. Clarkson explores the psychological and cerebral aspects of Cassandra Webb’s character, focusing on her journey of self-discovery.
Dakota Johnson, best known for her role in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, is set to star as the latest Marvel superhero, Madame Web, in Sony’s live-action Spider-Verse. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress playfully compared her stunt-driving talents to those of Tom Cruise.
Johnson will portray the comic book character Cassandra Webb, who first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) No. 210 in 1980. Although she wasn’t initially sure about taking on a superhero role, the actress was ultimately motivated by the compelling concept of a young woman with mind-based powers. To make the character more relatable, Johnson aims to focus on Cassandra’s human experiences rather than her superpowers.
Director S.J. Clarkson, known for Jessica Jones and The Defenders, lends her superhero genre expertise to Madame Web as both co-screenwriter and director. Clarkson expressed excitement in exploring the psychological aspects of Cassandra’s character and her journey of self-discovery. The film, set in 2003, offers a standalone world where Clarkson hopes to bring a fresh and original take to the Spider-Man cinematic universe.
Madame Web will open in theaters on Valentine’s Day, and fans can watch the trailer now.