Ousted Taymor continues to support 'Spider-Man'

September 27, 2011 - 2:25 AM
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Julie Taymor attends the premiere of

Now that the worse part of "Spider-Man" is behind her, Julie Taymor says she's proud of what she's accomplished with the Broadway musical.

"Whenever you trying to do something that's a little bit different and it's on such a wide open scale, you're going to take flack for it," Taymor said.

Still, the Tony-winning director feels the media treated her poorly. "There were lots of misconceptions" in news reports about the show and safety concerns stemming from it.

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was plagued by accidents and delayed premieres before finally opening in June. By that time, lead producer Michael Cohl ousted Taymor and brought in another director.

Many members of the creative team came to Taymor's defense, including lead actor, Reeve Carney, and U2's Bono, who called Taymor a "card-carrying genius."

Taymor says the show didn't change much after she left and she's no longer bitter. Now that the show finally opened, the $70 million extravaganza does brisk business, grossing more that $1 million per week.

"I'm very proud of what I've done, and I'm proud of the people inside that show," Taymor said.

Taymor made the comments while attending the New York premiere of "50/50" on Monday night.