Featuring none of the things you liked about Spawn.
We live in a post-Deadpool world, which means that all of a sudden every studio wants an r-rated superhero movie. Fox’s next Wolverine film is going to be rated r, Sony is still trying to make a Venom movie separate from the MCU that no one is asking for, and Warner Brothers even made an r-rated cut of Batman v Superman.
And then there’s Todd McFarlane.
McFarlane has been trying to make another Spawn film for quite some time now, and he feels the need to constantly remind us of this fact, lest he fade out of the public consciousness. His latest reminder comes to us from ComicBook.com, who have reported that McFarlane once again confirmed the film’s existence on an upcoming episode of Kevin Smith’s Geeking Out.
When asked if another Spawn movie was on the horizon, McFarlane responded with the simple answer of “Yes”. He later assured that it wouldn’t be a continuation of the abomination that is the 1997 film, elaborating that his script is “a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script” that will hardly feature Spawn at all. He compares this new Spawn to Jaws.
Now, let’s take a break and think about what people like about Spawn: his costume (obviously a rip-off of Venom), his sentient cape and glowing eyes, the insane demons he fights, and the way he exemplifies every bad trope from 90’s comics to an almost endearing degree.
McFarlane’s new Spawn movie will feature none of that.
Straight from the McFarlane himself:
“In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn,” he explained. “Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”
I’m not exactly sure who he is trying to appeal to with this. Spawn purists will mostly likely be upset with the direction McFarlane is taking the character (not muh Spawn…), and the rest of the movie-going public don’t give a fuck about Spawn. When taken with the fact that McFarlane has never written a competent thing in his life, this movie looks like a disaster in the making. If it even happens.
I can’t wait.