Todd McFarlane says Spawn will be the darkest and most disturbing superhero movie ever

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Todd McFarlane aims to make his new Spawn movie into a new kind of superhero film.

Todd McFarlane is the creator of Spawn and as we’ve covered in the past, he’s taking his creation into his hands in the franchise’s next movie. If you’re not familiar with Todd McFarlane, he’s also worked on great titles like Spider-Man, Batman, and the Uncanny X-Men. After working with the big comic companies for a while, Todd McFarlane and five others formed Image Comics where Spawn was born.

The character had his own movie back in 1997 and a few animated ventures as well. The 1997 movie was just okay, by 1997 standards. But for fans of the character, it lacked in many ways. The movie was a success in that its budget was US$40 million and it grossed $87 million. But there was so much potential lost and Todd McFarlane aims to harness all of that potential in his upcoming movie.

In an interview with The Nerdist, McFarlane says the movie will be unlike any superhero movie we’ve ever seen.

I want to go into a different corner that nobody is touching right now. Which is just a deeply serious, dark, and almost disturbing our version of a superhero character.

There is no joy, there’s going to be no fun lines in it. It’s just going to be this dark, ugly, two-hours worth of movie. And that seems to be a weird hurdle for a lot of people to get over because they go into a superhero. sort of Avengers default all the time.

Todd McFarlane via The Nerdist

Created by McFarlane in 1992 and published by Image Comics, Spawn is the story of Al Simmons, a CIA agent tasked with carrying out some of the most morally gray black ops missions imaginable. When Simmons began to question his agency’s motives, he was assassinated by his own partner and his soul went to hell because of the many immoral things he did as part of the CIA.

But rather than burn in hell for all eternity, Simmons was given a new lease on life: in exchange for his immortal soul, he was able to return to the land of the living and see his wife Wanda once more. The only problem? His wife has moved on and he is now a demonic nightmare creature with supernatural powers. So he does what any one of us would do next: uses his powers to fight all manner of demons, monsters, and things that go bump in the night.

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From the sounds of it, Todd McFarlane wants to make this movie not only a superhero movie but also a horror/thriller movie as well. I’m excited to see what the creator of Spawn can do in this medium with his own character.

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  Source: Nerdist
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