– by David Kozlowski

Years from now someone’s going to write a story about how Deadpool and Logan forever altered the trajectory of superhero films — hopefully for the better. In an era of sprawling, big-budget, family-friendly blockbusters these two films embraced the darkness, emerging as mid-budgeted, R-rated alternatives to the established genre’s formula. The success of these two films shocked Hollywood, and opened the doors to smaller, more personal works that emphasized character over spectacle (though each was still packed with epic action).

Since then there’s been something of a gold rush to copy Deadpool and Logan’s successes, as studios seek to capitalize on the lessons-learned and best-practices realized in each. Upcoming superhero films like Venom and Hellboy — both built upon inherently dark subject-matter — are embracing mature themes, graphic violence, horror elements, and R-ratings. It’s a trend that’s only gaining momentum, although DC has yet to pile onto this bandwagon with any of their live-action films (their recent animated Justice League Dark movie is a hard-R).

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According to Screen Rant, the upcoming Spawn reboot will also be a low-budget superhero movie and rated-R. The film’s producers relate that creator Todd McFarlane is working with Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Split, Get Out) to bring the antihero to the big screen.

McFarlane is quoted as describing the movie as “dark” and “nasty,” and also (rather unexpectedly) similar to Spielberg’s Jaws:

“[Jaws] showed up at the opportune time to make the movie worthwhile. This Spawn movie is a kind of superhero movie, but a very different kind of feeling superhero movie. I like the idea of low-budget superhero movies. It’s cool.”

McFarlane also intimated that the character Twitch — ex-cop and private investigator — will be central to the story; essentially he’s the “Sheriff Brody” character from Jaws, to extend that metaphor. The Jaws reference also implies that Spawn won’t fully appear on-screen until later in the movie, but that’s just speculation.

Deadpool, Logan, Venom, Hellboy, and now Spawn have all embraced character-centric, mid-budgeted, and R-rated storytelling, hopefully this results in non-formulaic narratives with packed full of unexpected twists and turns. The genre needs a good kicking, and these seem like just the anti-heroes to do it.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.