According to Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comic book, the title character will not speak in his upcoming reboot film, instead being comparable to the shark from Jaws.
The movie is apparently still in its early stages, with the script only now being approved. That means there is a ways to go through casting and pre-production before actual shooting begins.
Spawn is a dark superhero franchise originally created by MacFarlane for Image Comics. It focuses on a Marine who dies, goes to Hell, and is given the chance to return to Earth as a demonic being. He battles various evildoers, both human and supernatural.
The upcoming movie, however, will apparently be more of a horror film. In an interview with AZCentral, McFarlane hyped the concept; he said that Spawn will have a hard “R” rating, and threw some shade on similarly dark superhero entries Deadpool and Logan, saying that this film will offer “true trauma” and a more serious plot than the former’s raunchy comedy or the latter’s violent Western.
He also insists that he will write, produce and direct the film himself, and that these conditions are “non-negotiable,” even if he has to take on a relatively small budget (he expects $8-12 million).
While it is good to know that the creator himself approves of this new direction, some fans of the character may wonder if it is the best choice; after all, Spawn should be the star of his own movie. It is unknown who will he the real protagonist, if not him—the human criminals whom he fights, perhaps? Or maybe Sam Burkle and Twitch Williams, detectives who investigate and eventually ally with the heroic demon in the comic books.