Todd McFarlane has certainly shown he knows how to talk up his directorial debut, “Spawn,” before a frame has even been shot. The comic creator has been eager to finally realize his own vision of his character on the big screen, and he’s been going on and on about how it’s gonna be soooooo R-rated. Enthusiasm is fine, but when you start taking shots at other comic book movies, ones that arguably paved he way for your film to be made, a little humility would probably go a long way.

Rolling through ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane once again talked up how super duper dark “Spawn” will be, and dumped on “Deadpool” in the process.

“It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?’ For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula,” he said.

“I’m talking R, I’m talking that there will not be a lot of fun, there will not be be any stupid lines in it… I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. So if I felt that my hero wasn’t afraid right now, why should I be?… I want my heroes to go ‘Shit, what do I do now?’ ” he added.

Frankly, whatever a movie is rated hardly matters if the characters and story aren’t good. McFarlane had better hope his script makes everybody compelling, particularly when you’ve decided to keep the title character largely off-screen, Jaws“-style. All the quips and lighter tone of “Deadpool” worked for that movie, because it’s in sync with the character. At any rate, let’s hope McFarlane doesn’t alienate his own audience before the movie is even released. [via Flickering Myth]