Todd McFarlane Describes Upcoming Spawn Reboot as Dark, Ugly

Don't expect any joy or fun lines in the new film adaptation.

By Chris Morse

Legendary comic creator Todd McFarlane has made it explicitly clear that his upcoming film adaptation of Spawn will not be your typical superhero film. In fact, he has gone on recording describing the idea as more of a horror film than anything else. When most moviegoers think "superhero film," they think The Avengers and Marvel's lighthearted (and not to mention highly-successful) ways, but by no means does McFarlane want to follow suit in his upcoming project.

In a recent chat with Nerdist, McFarlane doubled down on these earlier comments and bluntly explained what you should expect from the new film, namely that its going to be dark, ugly, and joyless. Read below for his full comments on why you should expect something much darker in the new Spawn movie.

There’s no joy. There’s gonna be no fun lines in it, and it’s just gonna be this dark, ugly two hours worth of movie, which is essentially what a lot of supernatural/horror movies are anyway. There’s not a lot of funny in them. And that seems to be a weird hurdle for a lot of people in this city to get over because they sort of go into a superhero/Avengers default all the time.

This bodes well for fans of the comic franchise and should make for a much more interesting take on the titular character. As fans of both comics and horror, we couldn't be happier to see the best of both worlds being represented in this new film.

The upcoming Spawn reboot has Jamie Foxx playing the titular character, also known as Al Simmons, who will be joined by Jeremy Renner as Twitch Williams. Blumhouse Productions is producing with Todd McFarlane writing and directing. Greg Nicotero's KNB EFX Group will be handling visual effects.

There is no word yet on when Spawn will start filming or what the expected release date might be, but we'll be sure to provide updates here on Dead Entertainment as the production moves along.

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Chris Morse

Thanks to his friends and family, Chris grew up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games. From self-taught web design as a teenager to a formal education in computer science, he has always had a passion for web technologies and has channeled all of those interests into building this website platform. Chris opted to dive straight into horror with this project and is joined by some of those very same influential friends and family here on the staff. When not programming or gaming, you can find him heading to the midwest to cheer on his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!

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