Fleischer Explains “Venom” Film Inspiration

Filmmaker Ruben Fleischer has spoken about his inspirations for “Venom,” the upcoming Tom Hardy-led “Spider-Man” spin-off film based on the Marvel antihero character. Hardy essentially takes on the dual roles of Eddie Brock and Venom himself in the film.

Speaking with Empire, Fleischer revealed some of the darker inspirations he took for the film and how this character is quite different to anything else we’ve seen from Marvel onscreen and he suggests we won’t see any “Spider-Man” connection here:

“Venom is unique within the canon of Marvel. You can’t say there are a lot of other heroes like him. There’s something about the tone of Venom that’s darker and more menacing. He’s not a conventional superhero by any stretch.

Among my influences were John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, even An American Werewolf In London. Unlike most superheroes who get bitten by a spider or invent their own Batsuit, Venom is really the combination of two beings to create a third.

This feels very much like Venom’s movie. It’s the introduction of the character. As to where it will go in future movies, and who he’ll run across, I can’t say.”

Fleischer is also very happy with Hardy’s work in the film with the actor said to be really exploiting the dual personality angle:

“Tom’s just so incredibly entertaining to watch. Duality is clearly something that fascinates him, so when you watch the way he’s acting opposite himself, it’s really impressive; just how he’s able to conjure an entirely separate version of himself as the symbiote. It’s a tour de force performance.”

The “Venom” film is currently slated for release on October 5th.