Well I'll be damned.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Todd McFarland announced that there will be a new Spawn movie. That's good news right? I'm not so sure. I'm still trying to decide.
I was all hot and bothered by the idea until he also announced that it would be a reboot and Spawn would not be the main character. The story would instead follow Twitch, the police officer from the series who has admittedly been around since issue 1.
But to make the movie about him? Hm. I didn't come to see Twitch, I came to see Spawn. I'd love to see Twitch WITH Spawn, but not instead of Spawn. Twitch stared in a spin off series entitled "Sam & Twitch", which I enjoyed, but I've been waiting to see another Spawn movie since 1997. MacFarlane created both characters so I'm sure they will be done justice. He will write, produce, and direct the new film. Who better to handle the IP than its creator? Blumhouse, known for Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge will be handling the production. They have agreed to follow MacFarlane's strict rules to the letter which should be great.
I have concerns.
McFarland explained that the new movie is going to be reminiscent of Jaws. His vision for the film is that Twitch is like the character Sherif Brody, and Spawn is like Jaws. He sees Spawn as a dark shadow that will elude the authorities and brutalize criminals. It sounds really cool...in theory, but I can't tell if he is being extremely creative or switching to a more "Globally Marketable" protagonist.
Also, it's hard not to feel like this takes a story about a black superhero and makes it about a white guy. It's very Mississippi Burning.
Can this new formula work? Comment below and tell me what you think."
-Frank Yeiger, The Angry Black Fan and I have Concerns