Theory: Could Warner Bros/New Line Make First Comic Book Company Crossover Film


This is just a theory now, there is very little to go on other than fan intuition. So here goes…

Recently Todd McFarlane, announced a special Anniversary issue for his brands titular character Spawn #250, which includes every issue being released on digital format. He also revealed that a new Spawn film was in the works, of course anyone who knows Todd McFarlane knows he is almost as reliable on news as Dan Akyroyd has been on Ghostbusters 3 being made. However with the recent comic book boom it’s not a long shot to think the time has finally come to bring the character of Spawn back on the silver screen. This is where my theory starts:

New Line Cinema, who is a subsidiary of Warner Bros., who’s also distributing the Shazam film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, at one point owned the rights to the film adaptation of Spawn, then there’s Warner Bros. themselves who back in February McFarlane gave them the rights to use Spawn in their video games.

Spawn being a character that works best when given an R rating and the Justice League Dark film possibly gearing up to be a darker toned film from the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe, and even though this Spawn reboot is most likely looking to be it’s own element, is it possible that they could connect the two brands? Well lets see:

  1. DC Comics/Warner Bros. while they hold the distinction of making the first comic book based TV show, film, spin-offs and cartoons, many only look to the present and what they’ve done lately, which has just started. This crossover potentially can give WB/New Line/DC a chance to really give fans a huge “Event” film that’s different from anything we’ve seen from any company.

    Batman Spawn War Devil (1994)
  2. IMAGE and DC Comics have crossed-over before, so it’s not out of the realm of possibilities to see Spawn meet up with Black Adam or Batman, who Spawn has had crossovers with in the comics.
  3. I LOVED the original Spawn film, but it didn’t do very well in the box office and many non-comic book fans still have no idea who the character is. Todd McFarlane has said that it wasn’t the right time to release the first film as it was simply bad timing. Maybe he’s right, but it is still a risk and one that could very well benefit from having a connection to the bigger and more known Universe that’ll be forming soon with DC.
  4. Rated R comic book films more often than not fail at the box office (Kick Ass and Dredd for examples), so presenting it as possibly connecting by referring to the character in a DC Cinematic Universe film could work to its advantage.

So what do you guys think?

Eric Curto
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