Recently, Jared Leto’s track record has been spotless. After winning an Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club in 2014, Leto has starred in numerous blockbusters, such as Suicide Squad and Blade Runner 2049. This has earned him top billing in Hollywood, which, when combined with his extremely successful music career with 30 Seconds to Mars, really makes me wonder what his Google Calendar looks like. The man continues on his never-ending path of success with Sony’s next film (and latest attempt to expand the Spider-Man universe), Morbius.
Now, if you didn’t grow up in the mid ‘90s to early ‘00s, you probably didn’t have the pleasure of catching what is considered to be one of the greatest super-hero cartoons ever: Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The show ran on Fox Kids, but I watched the re-runs on now-defunct Jetix. For all the awesome and exciting moments that the show gave us (like Spidey’s cross over with the X-Men universe,) one of its most prominent characters was indeed the desperate-scientist-turned-vampire Morbius, voiced in the series by Nick Jameson. The anti-hero offered an interesting contrast to the normal atmosphere of the show, making the episodes in which he appeared more complex, gothic and dark.
Considering this wealth of content, and the fact that Morbius also has a slew of stand-alone comic books which provide a nearly infinite amount of material, Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have no excuse to turn in a less-than-impressive script. The duo have yet to prove themselves, penning such uninspired projects as Gods of Egypt, The Last Witch Hunter and, most recently, Netflix’s Lost in Space. Considering that the pair’s last take on the vampire genre was the disgraceful flop known as Dracula: Untold (which doomed Universal’s planned Dark Universe to immediate failure), I hope that Sony is careful with the treatment of the priceless material that they were able to keep away from Disney.
Director Daniel Espinosa is experienced, and has worked on a number of big projects such as Safe House, Life, and Child 44. Having experience working with big-name actors is often necessary to properly manage a set, so there is hope that the director will be able to contain Leto, who is known to be a deep method actor, sometimes crossing the line between professional and kooky.
The release date is yet to be announced.