Spike Lee in Talks for a Superhero Joint: Marvel's Nightwatch

Spike Lee may get a turn at superheroes. The filmmaker is in talks to direct a Nightwatch movie penned by Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. It would also be a Spider-Man spinoff of sorts, focusing on Dr. Kevin Trench, a character introduced in Web of Spider-Man No. 97 in 1993. Sony declined comment to The Hollywood Reporter.

The entertainment site The Hashtag Show, who first reported the news, claims this is more than a rumor. Their inside source says Lee has signed on to helm the film with Coker's script under Sony Executive President Palak Patel's supervision.

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Nightwatch was created by Terry Kavanagh‎, ‎Alex Saviuk and Derek Yaniger. Marvel

Nightwatch isn't the most popular character in Marvel's stable, but he fits in well with the Spidey-verse. The story begins when Trench learns a future, costumed version of himself dies. Resisting his destiny at first, he eventually takes the costume for himself and becomes a hero. The suit can repair itself, suppress pain and increases his overall senses to superhuman levels. The character is often considered a blatant rip-off of (or was at least heavily inspired by) Todd McFarlane's Spawn, who debuted less than a year before and sports a very similar look.

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Todd McFarlane created Spawn in May 1992. Image Comics

In addition to the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and the new Nightwatch rumors, Sony is cooking up a two more Marvel properties. Venom is slated for an Oct. 5 release and Silver & Black set for Feb. 8, 2019.

Lee is currently developing Black Klansman, the true story of the man who infiltrated the KKK in 1978.

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