Oh man, they should've kept that scene in where the Sandman confronts his family near the end of the movie. It would have brought his story to a proper conclusion, made him more sympathetic to the movie going public and would have made his last scene with Peter come off more naturally. Not to mention that it makes a great dramatic moment, if not a sad one. But I guess that raises the problem of where to put the scene, as inserting it in the middle of the battle probably would have disrupted its flow. And true, the film's ending would have been a lot more depressing but I think it would have also made a greater impact on its audience, though combined with Harry's death it might have been a little too heavy for small children.
Anyways, great article JR!