Todd McFarlane is doubling-down on the promise that his upcoming Spawn movie, based on the Image Comics character he created, will be just as gruesome as his comic book counterpart.
Speaking to Nerdist, McFarlane warned, “There’s no joy... There’s gonna be no fun lines in it, and it’s just gonna be this dark, ugly two hours worth of movie."
After the critical panning of 1997's Spawn movie, McFarlane is taking the reins himself and hoping for a much darker comic book movie than what fans are used to. In the sometimes candy-coated world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he assures fans that he is pushing Spawn into terrifying territory.
Explaining why he's chosen this route for Spawn, McFarlane stated it's "essentially what a lot of supernatural/horror movies are anyway." Referring to the MCU, he said there "seems to be a weird hurdle for a lot of people in this city to get over because they sort of go into a superhero/Avengers default all the time.”
McFarlane also co-created Venom, who recently got his own silver screen outing with Ruben Fleischer's 2018 movie. That being said, even Venom's violence was diluted for a mass audience, meaning the movie missed out on a hard R-rating. However, audiences only have to look at the box office domination of James Mangold's Logan and the two Deadpool movies to see how comic book movies don't have to rely on appealing to the whole family.
The 57-year-old McFarlane has already explained the difficulties of making Spawn and vented his frustrations about the MCU and DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros.' DCEU is known for being more adult than the MCU, but McFarlane wants to take this one step further and cash in on the elements of graphic horror that were glimpsed in Venom. However, away from the likes of Venom and Deadpool using witty one-liners, McFarlane confirms there's no place for comedy in Spawn.
Blumhouse Productions is the company behind Spawn, and with movies including Paranormal Activity, The Purge and the Halloween reboot under its belt, this should fit with McFarlane's vision. Despite Spawn aiming for a low-budget production, the inclusion of Jamie Foxx in the titular role and McFarlane directing means fans are hoping that the iconic Image Comics character can finally get the movie he deserves.