Todd McFarlane Clarifies Spawn May Not Speak, But He Will Have A Voice

The new Spawn might not speak in the traditional sense, but he will still have a voice.

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane previously referred to Spawn as a non-speaking part, saying he wouldn't say a word the entire movie. McFarlane clarified those comments to ComicBook.com's Jim Viscardi, explaining the character will still be able to get things across to the audience.

"So, there's a nuance here right? So Spawn, the being of Spawn, the sentinel being of Spawn doesn't speak, but I've created another way to be able to give him a voice. But what won't happen is that you won't see Spawn in his big costume and cape go 'hello everybody. I'm here to save the day'. None of that," McFarlane said.

McFarlane also revealed that fans of the comic will have an inside lane as to how that will work.

"But the presence of Spawn will have an outlet to get across his voice in a manner that will be fairly obvious to people who follow the Spawn comic book over the years," McFarlane said.

Speaking of the comics, McFarlane also revealed that longtime fans will be able to trace every part of the new film either to the comics or the HBO animated series in some way.

"Let me also say, there will be nothing in this movie that has not been in the comic book at some point, or in the HBO [animated series] at some point," McFarlane said. "I could show you the pages. I'm just culling it down."

The Spawn comic book debuted in May of 1992 and has resulted in a number of spinoff series. That includes the HBO Animated Series, which ran from 1997 to 1993. The original Spawn movie hit in August of 1997 and brought in over $54 million domestically. It brought in another $32 million overseas, resulting in a worldwide total of $87 million.

Spawn will be coming from Blumhouse, makers of The Purge, Paranormal Activity, and The Belko Experiment. The budget will be in the $10 million range, and no release date has been announced.