“This movie is not a tribute to Will Eisner, its a tribute to The Spirit.” So says Frank Miller of his upcoming film adaptation, which oddly enough is called The Spirit. For fans who have been following along, that makes sense — at least when you put it together with the fact that Frank Miller’s movie barely resembles what Will Eisner did back in his day. But that’s okay, because if you trust that Frank Miller knows best as a director, I’m sure you will be vindicated in the end. Or not. Either way, I will say this much, The Spirit has always had potential as a movie, the potential to be a lot of fun and be very exciting visually. That said, everything we’ve seen thus far — including a few trailers and extended footage at Comic-Con — all points to that potential being wasted. It appears, at least from a distance, that Miller has used The Spirit as an excuse to make another Sin City, essentially dragging the legacy of his close friend Will Eisner through the mud along the way. But that is just how it appears, and appearances can be deceiving. Or not.
Have a look at the newly released featurette, “The Origin of the Spirit” below.
The Spirit stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. It hits theaters on Christmas Day.