Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn as well as writer and director of the new movie, says that his movie will not be similar to Deadpool or Logan. Here are some quotes from Todd while at this weekend’s Ace Comic Con:
“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 ‘Sh-t, where do I go now?’”
“Here’s what I do know. 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. Now why? If you were a ten-year-old and you bought Spawn #1, it’s 25 years later and you’re 35. You’re an adult, and I just think my audience has grown up with me.”
Sounds really good so far. I thought the first Spawn movie was stir-fried caca but found the HBO series to be pretty decent. I’ve always thought the character had great potential movie-wise. I also love the fact that he is going to write and direct the film himself. I think all creators should do it at least once. How often do you get to see a comic book creators vision 100% unfiltered throughout the adaptation process?
More from Todd:
“Let me also say, there will be nothing in this movie that has not been in the comic book at some point, or in the HBO [animated series] at some point. I could show you the pages. I’m just culling it down,”.
Ahh when creators say stuff like that it makes a comic book purist heart like mine swoon. Well, those are big words Todd, let’s hope you can live up to them!