Todd has said in the past that he’s not concerned with how people choose to use characters he’s had a part in creating because it’s their story to tell, but he was able to get a look at Venom before the public, naturally. While it seems that he sees the film in a positive light, he did have this to say about how he sees things differently than Hollywood:
“I’m not a giant corporation. I don’t have to sell t-shirts and hats and all this ancillary stuff and do it, right? So my frustration a little bit is when I go into Hollywood and I go oh we’re gonna do our dark superhero movie — I haven’t seen it. I get it. There have been a couple of R-rated movies out there. They even teased us a little bit with Venom before they went to PG-13. But they’re not going to go dark in my definition of dark or Jason Blum’s definition of dark or Greg Nicotero of Walking Dead‘s definition of dark.”
So just how dark does he plan to go with Spawn? He may not have any limits:
“Their dark is here’s PG-13, here’s R, they go over a little bit. We’re talking over here. 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.”
If his history tells us anything it’s this… He’s going to go the whole way. How it works is still to be seen, but he’s created some of our favorite work in the past, we’re going to trust he’s going to bring us the Spawn we’ve been wanting to see!