There’s going to be another Spawn movie.
According to Todd McFarlane—creator of the incredibly forgettable edgy 90s antihero—a new attempt at inflicting the character upon movie audiences worldwide is underway.
When asked for an upcoming episode of AMC’s Geeking Out whether or not rumors of a new Spawn movie are accurate, McFarlane responding with an incredibly worrying “The simple answer is yes”.
If there’s one small consolation to be had on the issue of another Spawn movie, it’s that apparently the team behind the sure-fire flop have decided not to trot out the same tired superhero tropes in the new film.
Instead, they’ll be inflicting clichéd horror topes upon the world, as if that’s somehow better.
In the words of 90s has-been McFarlane himself:
“I'd put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. If you take the movie The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that.”
The Departed meets Paranormal Activity?! So a dark superhero movie masquerading as a crime thriller that’s shot like a found-footage film?!
Why would anybody want to make that movie?! Why would anyone think that there’s an audience for that kind of movie?!
Most pressingly, why does any production company in Hollywood still think that Spawn is an up-and-coming brand?!
The comic book movie gold rush is probably closer to its end than it is to its beginning at this point.
It’s been proven over the past decade and a half that not every comic book is going to set movie audiences aflame with desire.
Audiences failed to support Cowboys and Aliens, The Losers, and even Scott Pilgrim, proving to movie studios that just because a project is adapted from a comic, it doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily pull in enormous crowds.
The first Spawn movie was released in 1997, before the market became over-saturated with Marvel wannabes, and even then it didn’t manage to break $100 million at the box office.
This isn’t a movie that people are clamoring for, and the fact that it deals with the supernatural means it won’t even be able to rely on the bizarrely lowbrow Chinese audiences that keep propping up the Transformers franchise (the Chinese government is afraid of ghosts, so Spawn wouldn’t get an official release in the country).
Todd McFarlane’s desperate efforts to keep his abominable character relevant are commendable, but there’s a time to know when you’re beaten. Comic book collectors have long since ditched their longboxes full of Spawn titles, and the book only sold well in the beginning because greedy speculators thought it’d be worth something one day (spoiler alert: it’s not exactly Action Comics #1).
Come on, Todd. Give it up. Don’t make movie audiences sit through trailers for another Spawn movie that they’re going to inevitably ignore.
Thousands of people got ripped off buying Spawn #1 thinking it would be worth millions one day,
At least seven people saw the 1997 Spawn movie, probably thinking it was a Power Rangers spinoff.
Some people even bought Soul Caliber 2 on the Xbox, not knowing that you’d snuck the character in when they weren’t looking.
Humanity has suffered enough.