Spawn is a 1997 American dark fantasy superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name, written by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. Dippé, the film stars Michael Jai White in the title role, and is the one of the first films to feature an African American portraying a major comic book superhero.
Spawn was released in the United States on August 1, 1997.
An assassin named Al Simmons (White) is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss Jason Wynn (Sheen). Al makes a deal with Malebolgia/the devil (Welker) and returns to earth as Spawn to see his wife. He is ordered by the devil's minion, The Clown (Leguizamo), to kill Wynn. Wynn has made a deal with The Clown too and is suppose to destroy the world with a deadly virus that will help start Armageddon and allow Hell to attack Heaven. Spawn must choose between Good & Evil.
- Very, very dreadful computer-animation and effects:
- In one scene you can clearly see that the green glow effect got chopped.
- The Hell sequence, not only because of its location and layout, but also the fact that Malebolgia's mouth movements don’t match with anything that he says.
- Speaking of, Malebolgia's design is laughably horrendous, and could give the models in Joshua and the Promised Land a run for their money.
- Poor acting, especially from John Leguizamo.
- Inappropriate and disturbing scenes like when The Clown dresses up as a cheerleader and dances.
- Very confusing and messed up story.
- Non-existent logic. In one scene Malebolgia says to Simmons in Hell that "If you fail me... you will die". Never mind the fact that he already died!
- The "You don’t have the guts" line also makes no sense, especially when it was said to Spawn; someone who’s an Anti-Hero, thus he kills people due to him being an assassin (One of the reasons), also worth noting that Spawn, like with the "If you fail me... you will die" line, Al is already dead. And undead characters don’t need guts anyway.
- The characters look accurate to their comic book designs.
- Leguizamo as Violator; despite how bad his acting is, can be hilarious to watch if you’re not taking the film seriously. (minus the Cheerleader scene)
- Jessica Priest became a comic character thanks to the movie.
- "Where you're going, every day's Halloween!"
- "You've been Violated Girly Man!!!!"