Michael Jai White stars an assassin whacked by his bosses and sent to Hades, where he gets a new lease on the afterlife as one of the Hellspawn (infernal storm troopers groomed for the apocalyptic assault on heaven). But while the others of his kind do evil work, Spawn uses his powers for good, though he would like nothing more than to exact revenge on his killer (Martin Sheen). John Leguizamo co-stars in this reinterpretation of the superhero genre.
a soul crushing disappointment for anyone who was a fan of spawn at any point whatsoever in their childhood; to put it bluntly white never should've been allowed to act again after his rendition of the antihero; leguizamo saves the film from complete uselessness; for diehard fans the narrative is fine following along with the genesis of the character as this was clearly meant to lay the groundwork for future sequels;
of course sequels probably weren't too likely when dippe is a bad director and white is so bad an actor that i couldn't help saying another time just how bad he is and sheen is so bad that i forgot that he was even in this and the music is bad and the special effects are bad and just go watch the hbo series which is vastly superior and comes highly recommended to both spawn and animated film fans alike
It doesn't nearly capture the sharp visual style of Todd McFarlane's drawings. I will say it feels more like an experimental film, certainly this was the first "dark superhero" flick aside from the Batman movies. But it feels so uneven, ranging from terrible one liners to intriguing special effects, it doesn't find a middle-ground. Its script and direction seem hashed together to create a sorta cinematic experience.
I saw a sneak preview of this in 1997 and thought it was shit then. Not sure why I thought watching it 16 years later would help. Anything positive Spawn had going for it was put towards its now badly-executed special effects and nothing else. This movie has quite possibly the words titles I've seen in my entire life. But for as awful as Spawn is, for some reason I always watch it when its on cable.