The creator of supernatural superhero Spawn has revealed a few more details about the upcoming reboot, and his determination not to repeat the mistakes of the critically panned 1997 New Line film. In a recent interview Todd McFarlane hinted at the tone and format for his script of the movie, and probably to the delight of many fans, categorically stated that it will not be another origin story.
Spawn – who is also known as deceased Marine Al Simmons – was first created and introduced to the printed page by McFarlane in May 1992. A vigilante character with a finite source of power, he instantly became a hit. The 1997 movie adaptation stars Michael Jai White in the title role, and is a basic origin story. It covers Simmon’s Faustian pact with Malebolgia, a ruler of hell who creates his super-powered alter-ego. However Spawn rebels against his demonic influences and becomes a force for justice as the film ends. It received a wealth of negative reviews, and despite making a worldwide profit of over $87m from a budget of $40m, the sequel was in it’s own version of hell for 20 years.
That was until McFarlane was recently announced as the writer and director for a reboot of the character, which is being made in conjunction with Blumhouse productions. Although specific plot details are yet to appear, and any casting is yet to be announced, he has been dropping hints about what to expect ever since. Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment, at this year’s New York Comic Con, the artist/writer/director gave this response when he was asked if the new film would be another origin story:
IMAX is having a 20-film Marvel movie marathon
Are you not entertained??
Marvel’s having a 10th birthday bash, and you’re invited.
IMAX, Marvel Studios, and Walt Disney Studios have announced that, in a celebration of the franchise’s 10th anniversary, all 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are coming to IMAX theaters this Labor Day weekend.
Yup, all of them – including, for the first time ever in that jumbo-sized format, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger.
And the Marvel crew couldn’t be more excited, as explained in this promotional video explaining just why it’s so important for you to not just watch these movies, but to watch them in IMAX.
“A lot of superheroes coming together. Sounds like IMAX was the appropriate call,” says Chris Evans.
Hey, who are we to argue with Captain America?
The “Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival,” as it’s called, will run from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sep. 6 in select IMAX theaters across the U.S. and Canada.
For the first five days (Aug. 30 – Sep. 3), all 20 films will be shown in the order they were released. The following two days (Sep. 4-5) will be “theme days” centered around origin stories and team-ups. Finally, the event will wrap up on Sep. 6 with encore showings of two of the films, as voted on by fans.
Tickets are on sale now at IMAX.com/MarvelFest.
DC disaster: can Supergirl save the universe for Warner Bros?
With the titanic tedium of Batman and Superman having left the studios vision in mortal danger, execs have recognised its time for the boys to step aside
“Its probably fair to say that Supergirl likely to be the next costumed titan to get their own movie is not the first DC superhero who springs to mind for the average comic-book fan. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman occupy far taller plinths on the pantheon than Kara Zor-El, who, prior to the current TV series starring Melissa Benoist, was best known for the 1984 movie so terrible that the characters fellow Kryptonians were probably happy to be dead and buried so they didnt have to watch it.
Yet there is a problem with DCs holy trinity. DC has ruined its plans for a shared universe centred around the three superheroes, with the heavy metal cacophony of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice having jarred horribly with the prosaic lilt of Justice League. If the studio, Warner Bros, has any plans to to get the gang back together again, it will have to do a much better job of getting audiences interested in its characters before trying to unite them in a money-spinning, Marvel-style mega-team.
The good news is that the best instalment so far has been Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman, which was cheerfully unconcerned with the rest of the DC extended universe (DCEU), the movie taking place in a different era to the other films……………….
‘Iron Fist’ Netflix teaser has a first look at Danny’s comic book mask
It’s been said many times before that what looks cool in the comics doesn’t always translate on film. Here today with an object lesson in that idea is Netflix’s latest teaser for Iron Fist Season 2, which also confirms (again) that the Marvel series will return on Sept. 7.
Brace yourself. Here it is:
Just for the sake of comparison, the comic book version looks like this. So as you can see, the Netflix version isn’t too far off, style-wise. But it also reads very differently here.
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