For those of us who are huge Todd McFarlane's Spawn fans, boy, do I have some great news for you! The demonic anti-hero who was fooled by the devil himself (Malebolgia) into coming back to life for the love of his Wanda, only to be ultimately doomed to become the leader of the Hellspawn army, is finally coming back to the masses!
Above is a trailer for the original HBO Spawn animated series.
Todd McFarlane just posted some very exclusive details about the upcoming project on his Facebook account!
"For ALL of you that have been asking...here's a SNEAK PEEK at some NEW SPAWN ANIMATION that is in the works!!!!!! Don't tell anyone I showed you because you're the FIRST to see it!!!!!!
At every convention and in every interview I do I am asked a couple of repetitive questions: "When is the new Spawn movie coming and when are we going to see more Animation like we did on HBO years ago?" For those of you that don't know, the original Spawn Animation was aired on HBO for three years and won a couple of Emmy Awards. Ever since it went off the air, fans have been bugging me to bring it back. Well, for your eyes only, here are some early images of a few key characters and a rough of a city street in black and white and in color."
Here are the pictures posted by Todd himself:
McFarlane, then left us with these parting words.
"If you all seem interested there is LOTS and LOTS more I can show you!!!!!! I may even put up some of the voice tracks for you.
Oh...and just wait until you see the man himself, Spawn!
Many of my friends and I are die hard Spawn fans, especially the original animated series that aired on HBO during the 90s which was known for having very gritty story telling and heavy adult themes. Including very explicit language and nudity. The show also followed the comic book very closely, which - of course - made comic fans very happy. It has been so disappointing since they ripped it off of the air after only three seasons. I hope this new version takes right off where the original ended.
With the return of Al Simmons to the character of Spawn in the comics after being "dead," this all seems like perfect timing to me. Honestly, either way... I just can't wait!
Who is Spawn:
Spawn is a fictional character created by write & artist Todd McFarlane. The character first appeared in Spawn #1 (May, 1992). Spawn was ranked 60th on Wizard magazine's list of the 'Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time', 50th on Empire magazine's list of 'The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters', and 36th on IGN's '2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes'.
The series has spun off several other comics, including 'Angela, Curse of the Spawn', 'Sam & Twitch', and the Japanese manga, 'Shadows of Spawn'. Spawn was adapted into a 1997 feature film, and the HBO animated series lasting from 1997 until 1999, coming along with a series of action figures whose high level of detail got McFarlane Toys noticed in a big way in the toy industry.
Albert Francis "Al" Simmons was a highly trained covert operative who was at his most successful point when he saved the President from an attempted assassination. He was promoted to a high level within the C.I.A. devoted to Black Ops. Once there, he began to question the morality of what his agency was doing.
Jason Wynn hired Chapel, Simmons' friend and partner, to kill him. In a blazing inferno, Simmons was murdered and his soul was sent to Hell because he had knowingly killed innocents during his days in the C.I.A.
Al Simmons in Hell:
Simmons made a deal to sell his soul to a demonic being known as "Malebolgia" to get to see his wife, Wanda, once again. He was allowed to come back, however he came back five years later as some kind of strange Hellspawn with no memory of what he had done. After gaining some memories of what he had done, he sought out his wife only to find that she had moved on and married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald and the couple even had a child named Cyan.
It was after this event that his demonic guide, The Violator, who appeared as a clown, revealed to Spawn the purpose of his life and fought him, but had his epic battle interrupted by Malebolgia.
In issue #185 Spawn (Al Simmons) was found in the first pages to be "dead" from an apparent suicide attempt. Since then, Spawn has been replaced by Jim Downing who wakes in a hospital with no memory but all of Spawn's abilities. At this years NYCC it was announced by none other than Todd McFarlane that Al Simmons will indeed make a return to the comic books!
Spawn made his animated debut in the HBO miniseries, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, in which Spawn is voiced by Keith David. The series won two Emmys (one in 1998 and another in 1999) and two Golden Reel Awards (1998/1999). A new animated series, unrelated to the first, is currently in the works!
(Source: Todd McFarlane's Facebook)