At this point, Frank Miller’s “The Spirit” will end up as the greatest movie ever made, or the most misunderstood movie ever made. Misunderstood by who, you ask? The fans, the critics, and even the guy making it, probably. Nothing I’ve seen of the film has convinced me it will be as great as, say, “Sin City” or any number of Miller’s other works. The culprit, I think, may be the film’s way too cartoony vibe that seems to pervade every inch of this thing, from the corny quotes on the posters to the footages that have been released so far. According to those who have seen one particular clip from the movie, at one point the Spirit and his nemesis, the Octopus beats each other over the head with toilets. I am not making that up.
In any case, here are two new character posters for the movie courtesy of Lionsgate.
Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again. When a Rookie cop named Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face who has other plans. He’s going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this cold hearted killer from the city’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.
Gabriel Macht is the Spirit and Samuel L. Jackson is the Octopus. Frank Miller directs from the original comics by Will Eisner.
The spirit will either bomb or wow this Christmas.