Spike Lee may be getting into the superhero game.
It's not clear according to these reports how closely the proposed film would follow the character's comic book history, but if Lee actually does sign on to the project, it's a big coup for Sony.
Last summer, it was reported that Columbia Pictures, under Sony Pictures Entertainment, was interested in recruiting Lee. The Tom Hardy-headlined Venom will be the first out of the gate this fall, and already has a teaser trailer to prove it. Gina Prince-Bythewood's Silver Sable and Black Cat film Silver & Black is the only other Spider-Man spinoff besides Venom that has an official release date at the moment.
"(Nightwatch) debuted in Web of Spider-Man No. 97, the alter-ego of Dr. Trench, a man who discovered his own corpse wearing a futuristic suit of armor that he went on to steal and wear while fighting crime and trying to discover the origins of his alternate self and his new costume. These films are in addition to the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel Sony's now working on with Marvel, but - if the studio's to be believed - would take place somewhat outside the already-established MCU.
It's worth noting that the design of Nightwatch (see above image) is very similar to Spawn - a character that was created a year before, in 1992.
THR says Lee's involvement in the project is still in the early stages. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, and Corey Hawkins. Lee also recently adapted his film She's Gotta Have It into a Netflix series.
Is Lee a good fit for this material?