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Spawn

Year: 1997
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Mark A Z Dippé
Writer: Mark A Z Dippé/Todd McFarlane/Alan McElroy
Cast: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, D B Sweeney, Theresa Randle

Before graphic novels and comic books had completely conquered Hollywood there were a few misfired attempts such as this one.

Spawn (White) is a very DC/Marvel hero, a former army-trained assassin who's double crossed, killed and sent to hell for his sins. He's sent back to rule hell's army on Earth but decides instead to rebel against his bosses and fight crime, much to the chagrin of his nasty Earth-bound handler The Clown (Leguizamo).

Megalomaniacal industrialists Wynn (Sheen) in his Nemesis, a morally bankrupt despot who wants to flood the world with some virus so he can sell the cure.

...or something. However true to the comic book the above potted mythology is, that's what I got from it. Despite some cool early CGI scenes of Spawn's cape and motorcycle and a few lines by the Clown, there's not much to see here.

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