Venom Director Promises Grounded, Tonally Different Comic Book Film

Venom is right around the corner, and there are still many questions to be asked about the film. Tom Hardy stars as the black oily symbiote (sim-bai-oat) Spider-Man baddie, and director Ruben Fleischer has made some lofty promises.

Venom Director Promises Grounded, Tonally Different Comic Book Film

In a recent interview with The LA Times, Fleischer talked about the film (from the edit bay, no less), discussing how this performance of Hardy's will be different than others, as well as what audiences can expect to see in this wholly different comic book film.

"I think Tom is going to surprise a lot of people with his performance in this movie. It's just a little different than we're used to seeing him. There's no mask in front of his face. He's not playing a period. He's just playing a contemporary guy. I think it's just a little more of Tom than people have seen in a little bit."

He compared the relationship of Eddie Brock and Venom to one akin of the Odd Couple:

"The symbiote bonds early on with Eddie and it's kind of like 'The Odd Couple,' but instead of sharing an apartment, they share a body. The fun of the movie is the dynamic between them, with Eddie trying to rein in this basically unbridled id and find a balance with him. That theme of duality and trying to control your id — I think that's what Tom and I responded to in terms of why this character is unique and special."

On the all-important tonal spectrum question, Fleischer said:

"I feel like the casting, the aesthetic and the character himself all combine to make something that just feels different. Tonally it doesn't remind you of other movies. It doesn't feel like we just tried to do what everyone else is doing…. The DC universe is so aggressively dark and the Marvel universe has become so light. It was kind of exciting to craft something that just felt a little bit more real and grounded and in our world."

Fleischer's mind at present is focused on creating a good film, saying:

"My responsibility is honestly just to make this movie the best I can. You just want people to like what you make and for it to be appreciated. That's all I can think about."

We'll just have to wait and see. Venom hits theaters on October 5th, 2018.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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