Spawn movie update and Why Dark and seriously Tone Comic Book Movies can be successful today.

With recent success of R-Rated comic book films some studios are now more open towards R-rated superhero films now, or so it seems. Let’s be real ladies and Gentleman Wolverine and Deadpool are considered adult friendly comics, while fox tried the PG-13 route with Wolverine and the movie straight up flopped, as for Deadpool, it was in hiatus for years because of the rating issue.

That open the door for more darker superheroes to hit the screen, whether it be a reboot or the birth of a franchise, making darker mature stories and heroes, if done right, have a chance on the big screen today.

It was only a matter of time before others follow suit, in comes Todd McFarlane. Years ago, he announced a Spawn reboot was in the mist, but because of how dark the movie would be studios didn’t want any part of it. Jump to 2017 and once again McFarlane gave fans an update on his Spawn Reboot at Emerald City Comic-Con stating

“Listen, I’m going to paint it for you. The movie is going to be a dark R…If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here. It’s going to be dark. It’s going to be nasty.”

Multiple sources have said the movie will be a The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, this would be something very interesting, a mob movie with an unseen force taking them down, tag that along with its biblical Judeo-Christian mythology and you got the next Spawn movie, McFarlane is dead set on directing the film, and rightfully so, as a fan I’m excited for this reboot. In fact, I wish characters like Constantine, Blade, Ghost Rider, X, and Hell boy, other than X most of these movies where made and while most of did okay, the tone of the films wasn’t even close to the comic’s dark tone.

R-Rated superhero movies can be here to stay if Studios are willing to say F***it and give the films the proper support like 20th Century Fox did with Deadpool, you’ll see more great R-Rated hero movies, but if studios want to use the “We can make it better” formula like in the past then expect more facepalm worthy movies.

Encore delivers a Superhero fueled Labor Day

Fresh into our inbox is news that Encore is taking classics and present day releases to mix and match a Labor Day blast of Superhero movies for fans. Check out the schedule below for details.

12:00 am – Flash Gordon

2:00 am – The Shadow

3:50 am – Spawn

5:35 am – Darkman

7:20 am – Hulk

9:45 am – The Green Hornet

11:45 am – Superman

2:10 pm – Superman II

4:20 pm – Superman III

6:30 pm – Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

8:00 pm – The Green Hornet

10:00pm – Batman Returns

A unique presentation, the Superman series operating entirely from the original Reeve’s films with no word on Hulk or Green Hornet showings. Either way it should provide some entertainment as Superman kicks people back off into space with the Phantom Mirror.

Todd McFarlane returns for Spawn #220 the 20th anniversary

I remember picking up my first issue of Spawn when it came out, at a comic and card shop where the image section was sandwiched at the end of the DC and Marvel area right next to the signed sports pictures. It was a good day and yet it was also almost 20 years ago since the debut, this June McFarlane steps back into the lead role to drop cover art on Spawn #220  to celebrate the anniversary and act as cover author for the rest of 2012.

Variant covers will also be available for the issue, currently known are these versions.

  • Original Spawn 220 (Todd McFarlane cover) Cover A
  • Savage Spawn Variant (Eric Larsen tribute cover) Cover B
  • Youngblood Variant (Rob Liefeld tribute cover) Cover C
  • Collectors Special (Szymon Kudranski cover) – Dedication based on Spawn #1 (limited to 2500 copies)

If you’re really up for getting all these variants and the black and white versions of A, B and C then you should give some attention over to the April issue of Previews so you’ll be covered come June 6th.

McFarlane also had some words to say on this special event for Spawn

“Early in my career one of the things I looked forward to after I finished the interiors on a book, was to sit back and try and come up with a single image that would catch the fan’s attention,” said McFarlane. “I had a pretty decent run with some of the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Spawn covers, and I’m going to come back and see if I can draw a few covers that will intrigue everybody.”

Link: Image Comics