Spawn: Todd McFarlane WantsTo Dial It 'Up To 11' With The R-Rating

– by Drew Carlton
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For years now, Spawn's creator Todd McFarlane has been trying to get another Spawn movie made, and every six months or so we get a story like this where he is "talking the big talk." Now it seems he may be ready to "walk the walk." After the success of Deadpool and Logan -- both R-rated superhero films -- he appears to be ready to create a raunchy version of Spawn that will have us all leaving the theaters feeling like we just watched The Human Centipede. While at Emerald City Comic Con, he got the crowd going nuts when he said this:

"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."

Nasty? Well ok. Spawn was one of the first comics I ever read, along with Preacher, and I hit these books before I ever got into DC or Marvel, when I was a teenager, so I am ok with this. But how far is he willing to go? There are a few angles here, which I will attempt to outline without losing my job.

Violence

This is the obvious route. We may have blood and guts flying everywhere, entrails laid out on the street, brains floating about, cannibalism, or worse. It is possible McFarlane would make a Braindead (Dead Alive) type of movie, where he focuses only on the utter gruesomeness of visual effects. But would this even phase most people above 15 at this point? I doubt it, we all have the internet which can actually blur the lines between reality and fiction. Many are now numb to even see a person get gutted or slashed in half, so I am not sure how much further he could take this.

Language

I would possibly put this above violence, and perhaps it is simply that auditory cues are not as easily recognizable to the brain, but I still flinch when an F-bomb comes out of nowhere. Take Dexter for example. We knew Dexter was a serial killer, there were dead bodies everywhere, but it shocked many of us more when Debra (played by Jennifer Carpenter) went on her Tourettes-like rants. To me, she was the crux of the show, and in looking back at it, perhaps this is the reason.

Other

So, I won't get into detail, but again, The Human Centipede.

Who cares what I think, I am more interested in what you think! How could Spawn crank up Deadpool with its R-rating? What am I missing? What could Todd McFarlane do that would shock the hell out of us?

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Source: ECCC & Twitch (via JoBlo)

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