I don't get why Sony would do this.
The character of Spider-Man is bigger than Sam Raimi and bigger than Toby Maguire. Raimi screwed up the last movie and I submit that Maguire doesn't even qualify as a fan favorite like Bale.
And why pay Maguire all this coin? Maybe Superman needs perfect casting, but for Spider-Man, there are many
lesser-known actors who could take the role and run with it...all for lesser coin.
Given Spider-Man 3's critical drubbing (I don't care how much it made) you'd think it'd be the perfect time to start fresh with a new cast and crew.