9/03/2017

Rumor: Spike Lee Eyed To Direct Marvel's 'Nightwatch' For Sony


I hate when old rumors I ignored come roaring back later. About this time last year a rumor surfaced that Sony was looking to do something with Marvel's Nightwatch character, but at the time it seemed like he would appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I never took it seriously because the rumor was based on Sony folks buying up Nightwatch comics, and because the character has mostly been forgotten. But it looks like that story had some legs to it, because now it's back and with Spike Lee in the mix.

It's always a good idea to take Jeff Sneider's scoops on the Meet the Movie Press podcast with a grain of salt because if they were concrete he'd write about them for his actual employer, The Tracking Board. However, they're always worth paying attention to. He sees Sony is developing a Nightwatch film and they have Spike Lee eyed to direct it. Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me) has apparently been hired to pen the script.

Why Spike when he's never done a comic book movie before? Well, Kevin Trench aka Nightwatch would be one of the few black superheroes to get his own movie, following on the heels of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther.  Nightwatch is actually a really cool character, despite his costume clearly being a ripoff of Todd McFarlane's Spawn. The character debuted in 1992's Web of Spider-Man comic when Trench found a dying costumed hero, only to discover that it was a future version of himself. He took the costume and became a crime-fighter, mostly of tech-based villains whose powers were similar to his own.

A Nightwatch movie could be like Spawn meets Looper if done right, and I'm really hoping this info proves to be accurate. We'll just have to wait and see, but this could be an interesting addition to Sony's Spider-Man universe.