Although the jury is still out on the upcoming Venom movie starring Tom Hardy (the first trailer was a bit of a wet noodle), Sony is continuing to set up several other spin-off movies set in the Spider-Man universe. In addition to Venom, they’ve already announced a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up called Silver & Black as well as a Morbius the Living Vampire movie. Now this week they are developing another movie based on a lesser known Spider-Man ally and they’ve got a pretty well-known director interested in taking the helm. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to That Hashtag Show (via Variety), Spike Lee is looking at possibly directing a Nightwatch movie for Sony. The character was created in the early ’90s by Terry Kavanagh, Alex Saviuk and Joe Rubinstein and has been dismissed by some as a Spawn knock-off (his appearance, at least, certainly seems quite similar). In the original comics, scientist Dr. Kevin Trench becomes Nightwatch after discovering a self-repairing nanotech suit being worn by a future version of himself.
More to the point, Trench is an African-American character and Sony reportedly has Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker already attached to write the script. Although Spike Lee does not seem like the kind of guy who would be interested in directing a superhero movie, the success of Black Panther has clearly demonstrated that superhero movies can have a massive cultural impact. It sounds like his involvement is still far from confirmed, but would you be interested in a Spike Lee-directed Nightwatch movie?