Way back in the day before superhero movies dominated the cinematic landscape, we occasionally had a few films surrounding comic book characters. During the 90’s when we were nursing our wounds from Batman and Robin and Steel, and just before we got Blade and the first X-Men film, there was a cinematic adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s Image Comics character Spawn. Starring Michael Jai White as the titular character and John Leguizamo and Martin Sheen as his enemies Jason Wynn and The Violator, the film tried to capture some of the excitement of the comic. While the comic book was successful, the film was not so well received and received a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There was an R-Rated Director’s Cut released for the film and there was also an animated series on HBO (that was better received) released, but it seems like Spawn’s time had come and gone. With Superhero films bombarding Hollywood, now seems like the best time to relaunch Spawn and give it another big screen adaptation.
Recently McFarlane announced that he would be writing a new script for a Spawn reboot. The creator promised that the film would definitely be R-Rated and much darker than the previous version and probably even darker than most superhero films. McFarlane was recently on Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg’s Geeking Out show on AMC and gave an update to Tiffany Smith (no relation) about the planned reboot.
Showing concept art, McFarlane promises a darker, bolder vision for Spawn.
“The world’s going to be real, except for one thing that’s going to move. You’re never going to see a dude in a rubber suit….This is going to be my Jaws shark.
Let’s hope we get the Spawn from the comics this go round and not from the previous film.