Writer/Director of the Spawn reboot, Todd McFarlane, has revealed that his new film won’t be an origins story.
Speaking to comicbook.com, McFarlane revealed that he does not want this reboot to explore the backstory of how murdered CIA agent, Al Simmons (Jamie Foxx), becomes Spawn:
“Nope. Nope. Nope. I’m not interested in the origin story. I can’t do it. I can’t do it. I’ve seen too many movies that spend way too much time for the set up.”
Instead, McFarlane wants Spawn to dive straight into the action and leave some mystery about the character. He also pointed to recent release A Quiet Place, which doesn’t explore the start of the apocalypse that it is based around, as well as how films have dealt with the characterisation of Wolverine:
“Why do you think Wolverine was so popular? Because we didn’t know who he was for a long, long time. And that’s what made him cool. And you can argue that it’s like he became a little bit less cool, other than he’s Canadian, I don’t mind, but he became a little less cool once you actually gave the origin away, right? So, I sort of liked him when he was like a mystery.”
While we can agree with that to a certain extent, Wolverine was already arguable more popular than Spawn, and therefore there was less of a need to explore his backstory – whereas it could be to Spawn’s benefit to explain a little of where the character originated.
McFarlane also described the film as a “creep movie” that will feature that character as more of a shadowy monster than a traditional superhero, which will definitely work in the character’s favour.
Spawn currently has no release date.