The DCEU and the MCU are growing larger by the minute, but in the background a superhero movie from horror maestros Blumhouse is gathering momentum. Spawn, produced by Jason Blum and directed by Todd McFarlane, is currently in pre-production. Speaking at ACE Comic-Con, as reported on Comicbook.com, McFarlane revealed some details of where he wants to take his R-rated movie – which won’t be like Deadpool. Speaking as one of the few who didn’t like Deadpool much at all, it was music to my ears.
“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool or Logan?’ For me, no. To me, Deadpool was the PG-13 action movie, it just had some naked butts and a couple of f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula.”
“When I’m talking R, I’m talking that there wouldn’t be a lot of fun, there won’t be any stupid lines in it. I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. If I felt that my hero wasn’t afraid right now, why should I be? I want my heroes to go ‘Shit, where do I go now?'”
McFarlane created the character of Spawn – whose origin in the comics is of a former CIA operative who’s killed and his soul sent to hell, only to return as a mercenary anti-hero. A Spawn movie was released in 1997 which was a moderate financial success, but was mostly panned. An animated TV mini-series was made the following year and most agree that it was much better.
For this reboot, which McFarlane has written, he’s insistent this won’t be a standard superhero film.
“It should be impossible for anybody to go to the movie and say, ‘I’m disappointed, I thought it was a superhero movie’, because there’s this thing called the internet and TV and you’ll see the trailer and there will be nothing in the trailer that will say that this is a superhero movie. It’s just going to be a dark, nasty, R-rated, scary, creepy, messed-up movie.”
Sounds great to me.