The recent announcement that Blumhouse has partnered with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane to bring the iconic antihero to the big screen has a lot of fans excited. While the Spawn character has appeared in countless comic books and an acclaimed animated series, the upcoming reboot will mark the first time that he has appeared in a live-action film since 1997.
But don't be expecting the legendary hellspawn to lead his own film. In a recent interview with Vulture, McFarlane (who is also writing and directing the reboot), revealed that Spawn will not actually be the main character.
It's no secret that McFarlane has had a vision for a Spawn movie for quite some time, much different to the 1997 adaptation. And during the interview, McFarlane spoke of his plans for the reboot, and how he doesn't intend on having the Spawn character as a leading hero, but more of a silent avenger. He commented:
"The lead isn't really Spawn, which was always sort of odd when I was pitching it for years and years to Hollywood. And then I remember telling them that the Spawn character himself doesn't talk."
Spawn Will Appear When Necessary
Understandably, McFarlane's idea was initially met with confusion from executives, who couldn't understand how it was possible to make a Spawn film without having the character speak. He recalled:
"I remember Hollywood really getting weird on me, saying, "Well Todd, I don't understand. What do you mean? How can you have a movie and the title character doesn't talk?"
However, McFarlane completely justified his pitch by comparing his vision for Spawn to the classic #horror film Jaws — a film in which the titular character doesn't utter a single word. He recalled how he told them:
"I understand your reservations but...when I was a kid, I saw this movie...called 'Jaws'...and the lead character, didn't really have a lot of talking lines. What that movie was about, the humans were the catalysts...and the monster which was the shark, would make his appearance when needed."
The comparison to Jaws is actually a logical one, and really helps us understand his vision for Spawn. The formula has also been successfully used in films like Godzilla — but even in a superhero film, it can work. Michael Keaton only had four appearances as the Dark Knight in Tim Burton's Batman, and his performance is remembered as a classic one.
And this approach would complement the character of Spawn greatly. After all, he is an antihero, so we shouldn't expect to see him suiting up or standing triumphantly on rooftops throughout the film. For that reason, it will be nice to see a return to the "less is more" approach.
Given that the character is literally a hellspawn, Spawn thrives on the darkness and in many ways, the thought of him is just as threatening as he is. So, while he may not be the lead character, his presence will undoubtedly be felt throughout the entire film.
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