– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Sony’s upcoming Venom film has a lot to make up for. Yeah, I know, that’s pretty unfair. The film hasn’t even come out and I’m already talking about it as if it’s flopped, but the concern is real. Upon seeing that first trailer, it was very hard not to feel like they just didn’t understand the character or the source material.

Yes, director Ruben Fleischer and actor Tom Hardy are generally pretty great, but more than a standard comic book film, it felt like something that came out of the ’90s or early ’00s, where they just used the comic as the starting point. Granted, I very much appreciate it when filmmakers get creative and take risks, I think we’re past that point where beloved characters like that can get the “kinda sorta” treatment.

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But maybe it’s all in my head, and when we see it, we’ll all think otherwise. Well, speaking with Empire, Fleischer cited some inspirations for his film, and it only seemed to drive home that concern. Here’s what he had to say:

“Venom is unique within the canon of Marvel. You can’t say there are a lot of other heroes like him. There’s something about the tone of Venom that’s darker and more menacing. He’s not a conventional superhero by any stretch.

Among my influences were John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, even An American Werewolf In London. Unlike most superheroes who get bitten by a spider or invent their own Batsuit, Venom is really the combination of two beings to create a third.

This feels very much like Venom’s movie. It’s the introduction of the character. As to where it will go in future movies, and who he’ll run across, I can’t say.”

Now, again, don’t get me wrong. This could actually be a good movie. With its lower budget and (what I assume will be) an R rating, they really could make something interesting. But given the passionate fanbase behind this, mainstream comic book heroes aren’t really a place you should be trying to replicate your filmmaking icons — at least not when it’s not in keeping with what the character is.

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SOURCE: Empire (via Dark Horizons)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.