Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx...
What?! Jamie Foxx is an academy award winning actor?! The guy who played Wanda?! Yeah, look at that, it's right there on his Wikipedia page. Well, I'll be damned.
Let's try that again.
Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx will be delighting moviegoers with his role as Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2 next summer, but he's not just diping his toes into the turgid waters of superhero movies. According to an article on ScreenCrush, Foxx considers the Image superhero, along with deranged boxer Mike Tyson, to be one of his top two desired roles. The article goes on to confirm that toy designer Todd McFarlane has been trying to reboot Spawn for years now, citing "liking money" as the motivation.
Spawn, of course, was one of the first Image comic books produced when the original founders, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Robert Kirkman (he was retconned in in 2011) first launched the company in 1992. Spawn can be summed up in the same way most of the original Image books can: make a character who looks mostly like the characters the creator was famous for drawing at Marvel, and then make up a backstory as an afterthought to justify publishing a bunch of #1 issues and raking in boatloads of cash from the speculator market. Spawn has sustained an ongoing series with over 200 issues since then, which is a pretty goddamn impressive accomplishment when you consider that Liefeld's Youngblood, which launched before Spawn and also still maintains an ongoing series, has only put out something like five total issues. Spawn has been adapted as (trying not to say "spawned") a movie and a cartoon, and has led to (dammit, again!) numerous spinoff series such as Medieval Spawn, which itself spawned (fuck it) the character Angela, who was recently taken by creator Neil Gaiman and shoehorned into Marvel's Age of Ultron super-mega-crossover event purely as a "fuck you" from Gaiman to McFarlane.
The comic book industry: making professional wrestling look classy since 1970.
Obviously, this is all in the very early rumor stages, but with the kind of clout an actor of Foxx's caliber has (we can't believe we're saying this), if he really wants to do it, the project could easily become a reality.
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