Todd McFarlane, who created Spawn, addressed the topic at a panel to promote an upcoming PBS three-part documentary, Superheroes: The Never-Ending Battle.
McFarlane was joined at the TV Critics Association panel by Wolverine creator Len Wein and Punisher creator Gerry Conway (noted for his run on Spider-Man, where he killed off Gwen Stacy).
McFarlane made the comment that “there’s a big vacuum for all the other studios” to adapt a property from a smaller company like Image Comics. McFarlane started the company in the early 1990s as a way of giving content creators a larger slice of the pie.
“They always want you to explain everything, to the point where it’s stifling at times,” said McFarlane of the origin story films.
Wein said that Lucius Fox “bought my new house.” The character was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Fox, created by Wein and John Calnan, first appeared in Batman #307 back in January 1979.
Outside of Spawn, the only Image title that has made it to another medium is Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.
It will be interesting to see what happens as far as properties like Image Comics are concerned. I do agree that there is room for more than Marvel and DC Comics.