There aren't many more iconic superheroes from the 1990s than Image Comics' Spawn. The dark, soul-sold anti-hero came to define, for many, the decade's drive towards new, innovative and creator-owned comics. He also became very, very cool. Which had a lot to do with the character being awesome.
Then, in 1997, a movie adaptation came out. And it was...disappointing. Sure, it has some cool monsters, and, on paper at least, the cast (Michael Jai White, Jon Leguizamo, Martin Sheen) were pretty great, but, sadly, it just didn't work. This writer remembers watching it at (likely way too) early an age, and being about as disappointed as a pre-teen comic-book fan could be.
But, as countless examples (step forward, David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury) can attest, one bad movie does not a franchise ruin. Spawn has been going strong in comic-book form ever since, and rumors of a movie reboot have never been too far away.
And yet, it still hasn't been made, and - a weird episode of Powerpuff Girls aside - we haven't seen much of Spawn on screen since the animated series ended in 1999.
That is, until now.
Meet Spawn: The Recall, just about the greatest fan-made Spawn film you're ever likely to see. Written and directed by Michael Paris, it's actually really awesome. And the CGI? Well, you've got to see it to believe it.
See what I mean? If one dude can make all of that visual awesomeness happen (even if, as Paris admits, the CGI did take two years to complete) then just think how great a job a full professional team with a decently-sized budget could do?
I mean, just look at it:
It's got creepy clouds of impending doom...
Plus, genuinely remarkable feats of CGI whimsy. It's like a Little Big Planet live action movie in there (if Little Big Planet included a gateway to Hell)...
Which is to say nothing of Spawn...
As well as some surprisingly good (read, better than anything on SyFy) rendering of horrifying, Balrog-like burning.
Also, PLOT TWIST alert.
All of which is great, and all, but the most impressive feat of the whole short?
Making Spawn look cool again:
Sorry Michael Jai White - that's just a whole bunch cooler than your version...
Now, can someone please start a petition to get a [Spawn Reboot](movie:365402) feature length movie made?
What do you guys think? Want to see a new Spawn movie now?