The upcoming Spawn movie reboot is going to take inspiration from the character of Chief Brody from the legendary film Jaws for its portrayal of Twitch. When news broke that Todd McFarlane would write and direct a new Spawn production, fans of the character were largely thrilled. After all, who better to bring the character to life on the big screen than the man who created the character in the first place?
As it turns out, McFarlane's vision for the movie is a little different than what some fans might be expecting. One of his inspirations seems to come from a rather unexpected place, as well: The classic Steven Spielberg shark movie, Jaws.
Speaking with Comic Book at Comic-Con, McFarlane explained that even though the movie was definitely a Spawn movie, Spawn wasn't actually the biggest role in the film. Instead, the biggest role was that of a police officer, Twitch (of Sam and Twitch fame). He compared this to the way that the shark wasn't actually the main character in the film Jaws:
There's two big roles in the script. There's obviously sort of Spawn himself, although in a weird way it's not the biggest role, and then there's the cop. The cop is this character Twitch who's been there since issue #1. Twitch is the role in this one, and I sort of refer to him as my sheriff Brody, who is the sheriff in the Jaws movie. Although it was called Jaws, Jaws didn't really talk a lot in his movie, right? He just kind of showed up at the opportune time to make the movie worthwhile.
He went on to explain how that inspired the story, since the film is told at least in part from Twitch's point of view:
It was sheriff Brody, the humans talking, chasing the fantastical thing that sort of made the movie, and to me, there's that element. Everything else is normal in this story other than (gesture) the shadow moves, and at times even when it moves, the cop just sort of thinks he's losing his mind so he doesn't even trust that the shadow's moving. If you're a bad guy, then this thing is going to come and it's going to get you.
Of course, some fans may remember that Kevin Smith was planning to do a Sam and Twitch TV series for BBC America. It's unclear how the inclusion of Twitch as a major character in McFarlane's film will affect that series, if at all. While that series isn't expected to include other characters from Spawn, the cases handled by the detectives are supposed to be supernatural or occult in nature.
One has to admit that the premise is an interesting one, so long as it doesn't take the Jaws comparison too far. After all, a Spawn movie where the title character is only fully revealed at the end of the film isn't likely to win over many fans. Provided that there's a good balance of Spawn action and Twitch's viewpoint, though, it could be a unique and refreshing take on the superhero genre.
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Source: Comic Book
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