Since the first issue was published back in 1992, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn has developed a diehard community of comic book fans. However, as most of them will tell you, the character hasn’t yet received a proper film adaptation. Sure, there was a live-action feature film in 1997 that starred Michael Jai White as the beloved Hellspawn and John Leguizamo as the Clown/Violator, but it failed to resonate with both audiences and critics. Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for a Spawn movie back then. However, today’s pop culture climate of superhero fandom might be the perfect time for a reboot.
One thing is for sure. We are definitely due for one. And it needs to happen sooner rather than later. McFarlane says he’s working on a script for a new film, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get made. If we’re lucky, the project will go forward, and Spawn can get the live-action treatment he deserves.
If we were running the show, here’s what we would do with a Spawn reboot:
Al Simmons is sent to hell for the murders of his wife and child. Not only does he go to hell, but Satan sentences him to a tough prison. However, Al was the victim of a set-up and didn’t actually commit the crimes. While in hell, he forms a friendship with Violator, experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, transforms into Spawn, and escapes, all in 19 years1.
Check out the following pieces of Spawn art from some of the world’s greatest concept artists. If these images don’t convince you that we need a new Spawn movie, I don’t know what will.
BONUS! Spawn and Hellboy merged: