When one hears about ‘Spawn’ being R-Rated, the thought of many jumps straight to the likes of ‘Deadpool’ or ‘Logan.’ Neither of those films would be a good comparison to what creator Todd McFarlane (who is also directing the movie) plans. During a panel at the ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane shared the darker direction he plans to take his film as well as why.
“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.”
This isn’t actually too much of a surprise as none of the inspirations from the comic which have been hinted at would really fit into either one of these superhero films so far. For those unfamiliar with ‘Spawn’ and the character of Detective Twitch who will be the lead in the movie, McFarlane does say:
“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 ‘S**t, where do I go now?’”
So as to the feel of the film? Here’s what you can expect:
“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.”
As someone who bought ‘Spawn’ #1 25 years ago, I can fully appreciate this sentiment. I’m dying to see how this comes together and am hoping a trailer is going to show us exactly how dark this movie is going to be.
Are you looking forward to the release of ‘Spawn’? Do you feel that going with Twitch being the lead character instead of Spawn himself is the way to go? Share your thoughts below!