Caught in a time loop, Nightwatch was born the day he discovered his dying body, travelling in time from the future, and stole the strange, sentient costume from himself – and then tried to avoid his inevitable fate. Spinning off into his own Nightwatch series, he failed. The character was then revived without explanation in She-Hulk.
But because the character originated in the Spider-Man titles, he is part of Sony's entourage of characters available to them for movies.
And Bleeding Cool understands that as of last week, Sony employees have been taking a real interest in Nightwatch, buying up any and all comic books that feature the character.
Thi kind of behaviour in the past has usually indicated that a character is planned for an upcoming movie and all the employees want to know everything they can about them, ahead of meetings, discussions, plans and merchandising strategies.
And the next Spider-Man movie from Sony, Spider-Man: Homecoming would be the natural destination right now. Could this be who Bokeem Woodbine is playing after all and not The Shocker? Just a thought,
It has been observed that Nightwatch resembled Todd McFarlane's character Spawn quite a lot. Who has already had one film, an animated series and a new movie in the works.
I talked to the character's co-creator, Terry Kavanagh, who told me,
From what I remember, we created Nightwatch to be a spooky, dark character with a science-fiction background, as I was interested in playing with the contrast. I asked for specific elements like the prehensile cape, and a shadow-like darkness that always surrounded and followed him, but Alex Saviuk designed the actual look. Alex might have been inspired by Spawn– a lot of character design was inspired by Image characters in those days– but I'm not sure.
Terry is currently involved with Angry Babies— a free upcoming digital game that his company, MyBeanJar, has created in conjunction with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which features a number of exclusive pieces illustrated by notable comic book artists, with all proceeds going to the CBLDF.