Here’s where I defend the idea of a new Spawn film to the masses that are probably 1) still pissed about the first one b) apathetic because it’s been so long since the anti-hero was anywhere near the spotlight or 3) set to distrust any sequel that comes out more than a decade after the first by default. I swear I have a good reason, and you’ll have to wade through a little information before I give it.
First, the news – IESB caught up with Todd McFarlane in Tempe during the premiere of Wolverine: Revenge of the Tracking Shot, and the comic icon claimed that he currently had five full offers to go ahead on Spawn 2 (which will probably be named something far better). According to the report, the scope of the offers is broad, ranging from small to large budgets, but there are offers regardless.
I have no idea how a sequel to Spawn could be done on an small budget – the CGI alone is a serious investment – so it seems obvious that the creator of the series would want to go with as large a budget as possible while still retaining the right amount of creative freedom. I also have no idea if Michael Jai White would still have a chance of being featured as the hell-bound bad ass, and it seems highly unlikely that Mark A.Z. Dippe would be anywhere near the running for the director’s chair again considering he hasn’t directed anything since.
But why would a second Spawn be cool?
Because the first one wasn’t that great. Hear me out on this.
The first one was flawed mostly because it was an average story. It was a gorgeous film with odd characters, but it only really drew from the origin story and told it fairly averagely, never really giving a ton of stuff for Al Simmons to do beyond battling some mini-bosses and then going up against the main boss. Pretty standard. But the comic canon has a decent amount of very cool stuff in it that could be adapted for the screen, and we’re living in a world where audiences and studios are taking comic adaptations more seriously. The worst case scenario is that it turns out to be a fun visual ride again. The best case scenario is that a filmmaker with balls enough to explore the depth of the character will move past the origin story and create a brilliantly dark character study with weight. It has the potential and source material to become a fantastic comic book film. Hopefully all the right pieces will come together.
What do you think?