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New SPIRIT posters!


New, startling poster images from THE SPIRIT featuring male cast members have shown up on UGO, and here’s the one featuring The Spirit himself. Keen-eyed observers will note that he no longer wears a blue suit. Click the link for Sam Jackson as the Octopus.

Speaking of director Frank MIller, he was just over in Italy talking about the movie, and a few other news items have emerged, including news that SIN CITY 2 may actually be back on track, and a quote making the rounds to the effect that Miller doesn’t want to make comics any more — just movies, because they are so much fun to make. Bearing in mind that the quote in question has been translated into Italian and then back into English and then into movie blog-ese, we’ll mark that one with an asterisk.

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  1. Man, Sam Jackson’s outfit is all kinds of ugly.

    I hope Frank Miller’s comments are a mistranslation. I’d hate for him to get a big head over directing a movie, the movie tanks, and then he becomes untouchable in Hollywood. I’m sure Marvel would still want him back to sell books. DC was kinda left hanging with “Batman: Holy Terror” so I’m not sure what his reception would be there.

  2. I like this poster. It seems to fall in line with the classic Will Eisner Spirit style much more so than the previous posters that seemed to be channeling the spirit of Sin City III. (though I’m drooling over the news SC II may be back on track. Hooray!) This poster is beautiful and appeals to me in a way the others have not, the part of me that loves Will Eisner’s comics for being one way, the way I love Frank Miller’s comics for being another way.

  3. Wow. Every time I think they’ve managed to hit bottom with this thing, they manage to dig deeper into that barrel. Just hideous.

  4. “So Miller just wants to make movies and not comics anymore. Wow, talk about you don’t shit where you eat.”

    Is there really anything wrong with that? As much as I enjoyed Frank Miller’s “Sin City”, he’s shown an obvious finesse with motion pictures as well. (and I’m saying that from the perspective of someone who hated “300” but appreciated its cinematic beauty) Who’s to say he hasn’t found his own true passion? And the fact that it probably pays better . . . I’d say any artist when fronted with a number of projects with equally rewarding creative benefits will always go for the one that offers the most money.

    I can see where some of the bitterness comes from, however, in that often it feels that we, the comics people, are looked upon by Hollywood as no better than storyboard fodder for feature films. It’s frustrating to work in a medium that’s treated like a go-between. But Hollywood treats everything that way, including novels (some of the top advice I see to script writers is to find a novel they can adapt, which is BS to me IMHO).

    And yet movies present as unique a storytelling experience as comics and books do. The way I see it, Frank Miller has always had a very cinematic style that even he has said feels more like a movie (there’s a good discussion between him and Will Eisner in “Eisner/Miller” from Dark Horse about this) and that the cross into movies for him seems very natural.

    And the idea of leaving comics? I almost can’t blame him. When more a lot more publishers start treating creators with far more respect instead of as IP fodder for movies themselves . . . then maybe they’ll be able to retain these talented and creative people for the long term.

  5. Miller’s been pretty moribund (if not altogether creatively bankrupt) for a while now– but I recall he was hitting a similar slump prior to his -first- sojourn into Hollywood. If he’s really & truly incapable of telling a decent comic story anymore, he’ll surely fit right in; on the other hand, if the current desecration of The Spirit tanks out, maybe he’ll see fit to come crawling back with a fresh (or at least refreshing) body of work. That’s how we wound up with the first ‘Sin City’ serial in Dark Horse, after all…

    Wouldn’t be a bad thing either way.

  6. Well Rivkah – let me put it in another prospective: Miller will turn out to be as much a professional director as much as O.J. Simpson once claimed to be a professional actor ( as lot of professional football stars often do) without taking professional acting lessons

    I just don’t think Frank Miller has the credentials to be a hot shot Hollywood movie director – A writer, yes, but director no.



  7. When this movie fails, miserably, Hollywood might start second guessing turning comic books into movies. Can you imagine if Frank Miller destroyed all those comic book creator’s dreams? What kind of backlash will there be against his excellency, Frank Miller? Hey look, the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes…

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