Todd McFarlane really wants his vision for Spawn to come through as a viciously scary horror movie, but it seems as if he’s having a bit of trouble getting that point across.

Make no mistake – McFarlane has zero intentions of this being a superhero movie. But he reveals that it’s been rough getting this intentions through to Hollywood.

At Comic Con, the Spawn creator dug deep into his aggravation:

“Here’s what I’m trying to get Hollywood to understand because they still don’t quite get it is I want to do a dead serious, scary movie that happens to be a superhero, right? And so they keep tripping into this superhero part and I wish I could almost take that piece out of it.”

Also, in a transcript from IGN:

“If you think about it as a horror it makes complete sense. if you think about it as Captain America it falls apart.”

Todd McFarlane is hellbent on getting this movie to be the way that he wants it to be, and credit must definitely be given for that. If there’s anything that can be gathered from this panel, it’s that he’s going all in with his vision.

He believes that he may just be having trouble getting his point across through his script alone. However, Greg Nicotero’s involvement should be enough to truly get his ideas to shine through. Next time he approaches the studios, he’s going in with pieces of Nicotero’s costume that have already been made.

“I just saw earlier today, Greg Nicotero showed me some physical pieces of the costume and I’m going, ‘That’s it.’ We’ve been designing it anyways but I finally got to see it physically and I go, ‘That’s it.’ So next time I go into the studios, I’m bringing all that stuff with me because, obviously, I didn’t do a good enough job in the script to convey that. They’re reading words in my script that are way different than what I see in my head and I just want to scare people. I just want to scare people on a serious level.”

How scary? Enough to make children cry.

“We’re talking that it would make your kids cry. If you’re going to do dark R, make the children cry who are under 10. That’s the movie. Do I think that The Joker is gonna make 10-year-olds cry? Nope. Would I make them cry? Sure, I would because I’d be doing a movie for adults.”

Todd McFarlane isn’t out to make a Superhero movie. It would appear as if he’s shooting more for The Exorcist than Bat Man.

With Jason Blum and Greg Nicotero backing him, let’s just hope McFarlane can get this movie out the way he wants. Because if it ends up being anywhere near what his plans are for it, this movie is going to be scary as hell.

Superman? Hardly.

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