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AICN Exclusive: Your first look at the teaser poster for Frank Miller's Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT!!

Published at: April 21, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST by headgeek

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I am very curious about this movie. I want it to be good. I loved SIN CITY and would love to see Frank Miller continue on with that trend and make a kick-ass flick. I like the poster campaign so far. We'll see what the final result will be, but to hold you over I have for you gentle and kind readers the first look at the official teaser poster for THE SPIRIT. It will debut at the NYCC, I'm told, but you get it a day early. Click it for the higher res version! Enjoy!


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  • April 18, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Most excellent poster

    by Darth Valinorean

  • April 18, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Just looks like Sin City 2

    by tolomey

    Not blue - not The Spirit. Why doesn't RR give Miller his blessing to make Sin City 2 rather than this rehash.

  • April 18, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's because most of Miller movie work

    by tolomey

    sucks donkey ass. Robocop 3 anyone?

  • April 18, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Oh no...no...God please....

    by m_prevette

    This is all wrong. The tone is WRONG. WRONG. Did Miller ever actually READ any of Eisner's Spirit comics? Ever? WHY is he pissing all over it?

  • April 18, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    That's nice

    by Toonol

    While I'm not in love with the pictures coming from the set, that poster is very striking.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know

    by skimn

    exactly how much of Sin City did Frank Miller actually direct?

  • April 18, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Excellent poster.. and skimn-

    by Charlie Murphy

    as i recall rodriguez specifically asked frank if he wanted a co-credit on sin city because his books were so influential into how the movie was shot. i do believe frank was on set, but i'm sure robert was the one doing all the heavy lifting.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    11th-hour Fan Appeasement

    by bluraymondchandler

    Attempting to save face with this 5th-rate Will Eisner-style homage is a joke. Frank Miller is a joke. Good luck.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Awesome, even if it does look like Sin City

    by DKT

    Good tagline, too.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    and as for the spirit not being blue

    by Charlie Murphy

    i'm kinda choked about it, and i'm sure frank will make this movie exactly the same as his other works, but i'm very sure i will enjoy it anyway.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Sweet poster

    by waggy

    First thing i've seen from this movie that says "Eisner" rather than "Miller". That said, I'm still expecting this movie to favor Frank's sensibilities (which in recent years have bordered on parody), so I'm not getting my hopes up too high.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    HOW'S ABOUT?!@#?!@$!?@$!@?$

    by kgerm

    One goddamn picture of what the movie will look like. Everything points to this being Sin City 2 but not.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    divided

    by Bloo

    I like the "My City Screams" thing, i like the Spirit being in the shadow, but you throw in the noirish look, the red tie, the lettering and it looks like a Sin City/300 rip off...honestly when I saw the red lettering on The Spirit my inital thought was "300" coupled with a little Sin Cityish stuff. I'm guessing Marketing came up with this to appeal to that Sin City/300 fan base<P>and just so someone else doesn't so it "PHOTOSHOP!"

  • April 18, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    "Why your city screamin?" "It has really bad gas."

    by LordEnigma

    Frank Miller: he did write Robocop 2 after all.

  • April 18, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    "Scream for me, Long Beach!"

    by Lance Rocke

    if you know who said that, you're old and have questionable taste in music

  • April 18, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    RORSHACH'S CITY SWELLS! AND HE WHISPERS NO...

    by Err

    to them when they want to be saved.

  • April 18, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    FRANK MILLER IS THE SHIT

    by Broseph

    Anything he's attached to i will watch

  • April 18, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    FRANK MILLER ISN'T...

    by Err

    5 words - The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

  • April 18, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    The Spirit poster looks...

    by GreenRoots

    just like Will Eisner's style. Check it out for yourself. Kick ass poster. http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-comics-2007/427-1.jpg

  • April 18, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    That poster is all over L.A. already

    by epitone

    Now I finally know what it's for! Thanks.

  • April 18, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    For every good thing Miller does

    by MattmanReturns

    He pulls something lazy and terrible out of his ass. Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder has some of the worst writing of his career, topping even Dark Knight Strikes Again. At least Boy Wonder has some beautiful Jim Lee art though.

  • April 18, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    sweet

    by Stevie Grant

    I was wondering when Sin City 2 was coming out.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I'm sick of the silhouette copout

    by alienindisguise

    In comic book pages and the like it screams "I can't draw!" Which Miller overdid to no end and with movie posters it screams "Our shit sucks so we have to hide it in the dark!!!" F'n Lame!

  • April 18, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    SO IS THIS SIN CITY 2??

    by Redfive!

    Nothing about this reminds me of Eisners The Spirit.The cast is fine but the look of this is 100% Miller,not Eisner.I just hate that there calling this Will Eisners The Spirit.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Wow. The photo leaks have been boring, but

    by Live.

    this poster is flat out terrific.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    gotham_night

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...now that... is a great post

  • April 18, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    At least it's an attempt

    by ajbopp

    The poster is vaguely like Eisner's style, although it would be more in keeping for The Spirit to be carved out of the buildings and the title to be in red. My City Screams suggests this movie will contain none of the feel of Eisner's hero, the humor and wit. Frank Miller is too Serious And Darkly Realistic to bring the correct atmosphere to the character. My City Screams is a bad mood if you want to make the obvious choice of bringing in P'Gell, unless you totally change P'Gell, which I expect he will. The only thing even to even remotely inspire curiosity about this picture is how Frank will handle Ebony White, and that will be satisfied before the movie hits the first screen, I would imagine.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    This is terrible.

    by Araqnidm

    I just registered an account for myself at AICN so that I could say that. This is my first post. Nothing else that I've ever seen here has made me as passionate to join the board and give my opinion as this. This is terrible. This just doesn't make sense to me. Why is a first time director who's career in his native medium is floundering allowed to not only direct such an important property, but to completely remake it in his style rather than truly adapt the original artist's vision? This is as much of a travesty as any other comic book movie in which the director shits all over the property. The fact that this is coming from a man who worked in comics his whole life is astonishing. UGH. I can't talk about this anymore. Yes I can. Eat shit, Frank Miller. Will Eisner's The Spirit was really fucking awesome just the way it was. You must really be in love with yourself to think that Eisner's fans would rather see your idea of The Spirit than his.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    I don't know about this.

    by Pixeldriver

    Frank's pretty humorless...

  • April 18, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Agreed

    by S.Lowrey

    Looks like shit. Frank must understand that this looks just like Sin City... unless it's a hoax and they're intentionally releasing materials to provoke interest (negative or otherwise.) before showing any footage.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Miller can't be blamed for Robocop

    by Funketeer

    He may have written the original scripts but they didn't exactly film what he wrote.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    i can already hear the voiceover track in my brain.

    by alice 13

    ugh.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Araqnidm -

    by raw_bean

    "first time director who's career in his native medium is floundering" - All Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder has consistently been DC comics best-selling book every time an issue comes out. What on Earth are you talking about.

  • April 18, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Fucking fanboys.

    by neverhed

    Get over it. No one knows who the hell Will Eisner is, no one cares, and as long as Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johanson, and Samuel L. Jackson are in this sucker, it's at least going to be fun to watch. Get over yourselves. I'm all for quality over flash, but really? For something this obscure? Stick to bitching about Batnipples.

  • April 18, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    eh

    by SpawnofAchilles

    eh

  • April 18, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Have some fucking respect for fucking Will Eisner

    by Proman1984

    And remove his name from the title. Geez!

  • April 18, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    It's a good homage

    by Robots In Das Guys

    I could do without the 300 font they used for the actual name of the movie (The Spirit) but everything else is superb.

  • April 18, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    IT'S NOT SIN CITY YOU ASSHOLES!!!

    by greenstyle92

    Just thought I'd mention.

  • April 18, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    My City Screams...

    by REDD

    I scream...we all scream for ice cream!

  • April 18, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Jeez, this would have made a great Darkman poster

    by zillabeast

    Too bad it's not.

  • April 19, 2008, midnight CST

    That cant be real....its too good!

    by tile_mcgillus

    I HEART Frank Miller. There I said it. DO SOMETHING!

  • April 19, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Frank Miller

    by calrabjohns

    He has his own iconic style at this point, and I can respect that. My friend thought the Sin City movie was a pointless project since it would literally be the comic on screen. I disagreed and I think I was right on that score with that movie. As that movie stands now, it's great because it's a fully fleshed out world- no matter where you turn, there's always some shit going on. I know that sounds obvious, but I genuinely admired the triple narrative and how they intertwined to drive that point home. Having said that, 300 was ridiculous. Does anyone remember the giant mutant thing that was in the bad guy's entourage- the one they never used after showing him. Plus, the movie rode this huge wave of fandom that I just don't understand. It was a very claustrophobic "action" movie, and that's in quotes because any fighting was very static. So I was ambivalent about this movie when I heard he would helm it. That ambivalence is gone. I've seen photos, that horrible figurine and now this poster. The Spirit is not meant to be a dichromatic movie with occasional splashes of red. That's not Eisner, that's Miller. I think more Sin City would be pointless too, but a lot of people want that to be made and I can understand that. He should be making that since it fits his palette. Although personally I think Ronin would be a more ambitious project, and would truly test his film chops. I'm not stocked on flame retardant clothes, but I spoke at my own peril. Bring on the noise.

  • April 19, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    The new black costume

    by Napoleon Park

    is one of comics hoariest cliches and after Mystery Men parodied it I'm surprised anyone is still doing it.<p>That said, it makes perfect sense for characters like Batman, the Shadow and the Spirit who sneak around in the dark to dress in black. It makes more sense than that original Punisher costume with him running around in white go-go boots and white elbow length evening gloves.<p>I used to like Miller's early stuff so this could be interesting. what i hate it that in every picture for this I've seen so far it's that same "tie flying in the wind" schtick. Like the Spirit is the crimefighter who doesn't have a tie tack. Who's done the first "Dilbit" parody ad with his little red tie curled up? That's so effing obvious we're bound to see it all over the place before long.

  • April 19, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Exclusive debut?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    This poster has been up at 2 theaters in my town for several days

  • April 19, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Smells Like Spirit

    by Teddy Artery

    Wishing they'd move up the release date of this bugger...

  • April 19, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Why the Frank Miller Hate?

    by chezlyons

    You fuckers act like he's a talentless hack. Both 300 and Sin City are essentially direct, panel to screen translations of his work to the screen, which people have embraced. This is the dude who gave us Dark Knight Returns, Year One, Elektra, 300, and Sin City to name his most popular works. If The Spirit sucks, then say what you will about it. But until you leave the theater, reserve judgment and at least show the man who's showered us with geeky awesomeness some love and respect. Cocksuckers.

  • April 19, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Speed Fircassee

    by chezlyons

    Go fuck yourself. I stated "to name his most popular works." Don't assume you're a greater Frank Miller fan because I didn't bother to mention a Daredevil storyline. Am I gonna get pissed at you for not mentioning Man Without Fear, Hard Boiled, Martha Washington, or Ronin? No. Get off your fucking high horse. We're both Frank Miller fans, so add something to the conversation or jump into oncoming traffic. Also, I love Sin City. Not all of it, but a good chunk of it. Just because I happen to love neo-noir, and appreciate "the garbage that is Sin City" shouldn't mean shit. I'm here trying to defend a man you're obviously a man of, and you make snap judgments. Well played, you fucking coward.

  • April 19, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I disagree with Miller about comics ratings.

    by Napoleon Park

    He, Moore and others made a huge stink about walking away from DC over a proposed cover ratings system. the same DC where Miller works now, of course.<p>Labeling underground comix 'adults only' allowed them to exist and thrive. The introduction of the MPAA movie ratings system allowed films with "R" content to get distribution and avoid prosecution and banning. the TV ratings system allows shows with adult content - especially animated shows - to exist.<p>Properly labeling a comic book allow the buyer of mature or adult material to seek it our without wading though the kiddie pool.<p>Miller closed his mind on the comics ratings issue and sermonized to the point of tedium<p>Miller was a clever artist who couldn't successfully ape Gil Kane so he swiped a few stylistic tricks from his European and Japanese influences. Dark Knight and Ronin worked but Miller got too much credit for Janson's inks and Varley's coloring. I'll give Miller credit for developing his "new" art style, basically a group of high contract lighting and silhouette tricks, which he's still milking 16 years later. Miller's Elektra and the concept of the villainess being a woman from the heroes past was lifted from Eisner's P'Gell. Miller's done some good stuff here and there but his Dark Knight sequel was a bird flipped in the face of his early supporters.<p.I hope Miller does a good adaptation of the Spirit, but he's unworthy to reinvent it.

  • April 19, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Cheeze Fricasee

    by Napoleon Park

    neither of you mentioned The Big Guy And Rusty The Boy Robot! Why do you hate Frank Miller so much?

  • April 19, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Park

    by chezlyons

    Interesting points. That said, I disagree about Miller being given too much credit on DKR. Sure he benefited from Janson and Varley's contributions (what artist wouldn't?), but it's his storytelling which makes this work impeccable. If it wasn't for Miller's storytelling prowess, DKR would be merely pretty pictures.

  • April 19, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Park

    by chezlyons

    Hahaha, very funny, sir.

  • April 19, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Will Eisner's screaming from his grave

    by DarthBakpao

  • April 19, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • April 19, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Exclusive to AICN and Burbank and Culver City and...

    by Brians Life

    ...LAME! I like the poster though. Let Wil Eisner scream from his grave.

  • April 19, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Looks fucking kickass

    by random dude

    Not that it means the movie won't be shit.

  • April 19, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST

    That said...

    by Brians Life

    All Star Batman and Robin BLOWS! It's like Miller went out, did a whole bunch of blow and forgot everything he knew about writing Batman. I know 9/11 apparently fucked him up royally, but GET OVER IT, FRANK!!! Why are people still buying that book!?!?

  • April 19, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Why do people call the film Thin Shitty

    by Gwai Lo

    and think they're clever? Maybe if we all bitch loud enough he'll change the suit to blue in post. Not that I care, I haven't read a Spirit comic in my life. I'm 24, I haven't gotten around to the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton or Little Orphan Annie yet either.

  • April 19, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    TOO BIG-LETTERY!!

    by BenBraddock

    Just kidding, looks great!

  • April 19, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Frank Miller succesfully updated useless characters like Batman

    by David Cloverfield

    Shit, I can't get through non DKR Batman stories, except Year One and some rare stuff like Killing Joke. He is very good at repackaging characters to appeal to the non-fanboy adult population. How much money would this make with the racial stereotype sidekick, smiling Spirit and blue coat? There's a reason there's no hot selling Spirit comic out there. It needs to get with the times. There's a reason there's dark gritty mood inserted into this. Because it sells. Eisner's spirit was great in his time (probably, didn't live yet) but it just wouldn't work in today's movie theaters you goons.

  • April 19, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Park.....

    by Cagliostro

    I wouldn't give Miller too much credit for developing his current Hi-contrast style. He aped that too from Hugo Pratt. Anyone who's read Elektra should be familiar with the name "Corto Maltese"

  • April 19, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    300 nazis?

    by daddyfatnads

    is it just me or does anyone else think 300 had a lot of nazi ideology.

  • April 19, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    I enjoy Miller's work but he is the most overrated...

    by rbatty024

    comic book writer/artist out there. As Brians Life already mentioned, the new All Star B&R is a complete train wreck. The worst of Frank Miller's stuff is humorless dreck that sounds like a parody of himself. That's exactly what All Star B&R is. <p> Miller also gets far too much credit for "inventing" Batman's dark feel. First of all, Batman was a relatively dark comic to begin with. He didn't mind killing people first of all and there were times when he used guns. Then over the years he became campier. It was really Denny O'Neil who transformed Batman back into a serious superhero in the seventies. I'm not saying that Miller's take isn't unique, I'm just saying that O'Neil deserves the credit for making the character up to date.

  • April 19, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    David Cloverfield

    by calrabjohns

    I don't think the people casting a wary eye on this film are arguing for one hundred percent slavish devotion. There's no way that sidekick would fly today and that's obvious, and I'm pretty sure fans aren't chomping at the bit to keep him as a tiny minstrel. Someone mentioned this in the figurine thread, but Darwyn Cooke had a pretty successful run of a new Spirit once DC integrated him into their continuity. I actually haven't read the new one, so I don't even know how he may have been changed on ink, but I imagine Cooke didn't throw the proverbial baby out with the water. There's going to be a new creative team this year, so there is an audience. If someone has read the new series and cares enough to chime in with that perspective, that could offer more light. I'll stop kicking up dust. Thank you for numbering me as a goon, good sir. Blue is a small thing, and who cares if Greedo shot first right? =P Just kidding, don't murder me.

  • April 19, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I love how all these Spirit 'fans'

    by Lone Fox

    Suddenly appeared out of the woodwork. 99% of you hadn't even heard of Will Eisner til you googled 'half-assed reasons to shit on Frank Miller'. Oh, THAT'S what an Eisner award is... Being a fan of both Eisner and Miller's work, I think everything seen so far (not MUCH) looks extremely promising. Hell, it's better than half the shit you're all excited over.

  • April 19, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Lame poster

    by Ladonite

    But I'm not too worried, it's not going to be a released poster, so there's no reason to put too much effort into it. I could do the same poster in about three hours, which is nothing.

  • April 19, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    COOL POSTER

    by BranMakMorn

    It references Eisner's signature use of lettering meshed into the environment of the comic. However, it still tells people that Frank Miller is also involved. Eisner strived to light his comic panels like a stage set so from what I've seen so far Miller isn't that far off. Also, how refreshing is it compared to the bland movie posters we've seen the past few years?

  • April 19, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    FUCK FRANK MILLER

    by Laserhead

    300 and Sin City were garbage; boring, 'tough-guy-writing-for-ten-year-olds' without a real character in the bunch, and in 300's case, the film was so blatantly homoerotic it was actually hilarious. The Sin City comics are garbage; Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star Batman are beyond garbage, and 300 was the lamest homo fantasy ever committed to paper. Yeah, once, a long, long time ago, Miller wrote some pretty good comics, but it's been about 20 fucking years, and since that time he's turned out one piece of shit after another while geeky, virginal adolescents think his stuff is amazing because it directly addresses their shallow power fantasies, no characterization required.

  • April 19, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    awesome design

    by THE_ONE_MAN_GANG

  • April 19, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Clueless Fanboy Dickweeds

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Braying Assholes. As If all movies and comics and tv and similar media all exist at the same time. Ever occur to any of you slobbering geniuses that "Sin City" looked like "The Spirit", which DID Come first, instead of the other way around? It's right there in front of you, auto-reflexive touch-holes, and you could see it if you weren't all in such a goddamn hurry to look like The MOST Reverential Eisner Devotee Of Them All.............even though I'd bet that 90% of you crybabies don't even OWN more two or three things by Mr. Eisner.

  • April 19, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    TOO SPIRITUAL!!!

    by ludmir88

    nahhh

  • April 19, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Bitches!!

    by malificus

    Yeah, this poster is just such shit, and especially since there are so many ultra-talented directors just clammering to tackle such a dated and basically irrelevant property. Oh sure, the Spirit in comic history context is huge but beyond a few 'more-informed-than-thou' historian types, the people who kiss Crumb's ass and such who have the nerve to complain that the new Spirit movie looks too much like Sin City WHICH IS NOIR YOU STUPID, COMPLAINING-ASS FUCKING DOUCHEBAGS! You're gonna actually sit there and bitch and say that that poster doesn't look sweet? You are full of shit and if these boards are going to be monitored at all someone should read these posts by these mind-numbing bitchers who knee-jerk a 'that sucks' but never explain why. Maybe you should have to supply a web link to your own work and website to even post negative feedback, just to show it comes from a place of someone who knows something whereof they fucking speak. You dicks piss me the fuck off sometimes.

  • April 19, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Malificus

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Right On. Just who WOULD the whiners want to see handling a "Spirit" movie? Speilberg? Aronofsky? Cuaron? I think they'd prefer that NOBODY make a "Spirit" movie - that way, the character can remain their own private little treasure, the Timeless Artistic Creation that only they and they alone know about and can appreciate. Those of the the pinheads that even know who Will Eisner is, that is.... Except they create their own paradox that way. If "The Spirit" remains just another character in their basement collection, they get to go on deluding themselves that they have rare and discerning taste. But if "The Spirit" DOESN'T get made.....then they'll have to find new photos of Johansen and Mendes with which to manhandle themselves. Decisions, Decisions.....

  • April 19, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    you guys are trashing frank miller?

    by lucid dreamstate

    frank miller? you would think the posts on this website above all others would be singing miller's praise. if you think frank miller is lame, then what writer director makes you happy? i guess people just want to stir up shit for no reason other than their own enjoyment. that's typical around here. welcome to the aicn talkbacks.

  • April 19, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Yeah

    by malificus

    Those motherscratchers need to go bend their skippy to Bud Plant and leave the action flicks to those that appreciate it. Who would have thought we'd live to see the day when a solid talent (mostly the guys great) like Frank Miller would get dissed for making a movie like this. It's only because a Frank Miller is involved that properties as obscure as The Spirit even get made which, by the way, assures Miller that he's gonna get a modest box office return at best versus what he could get if he shat out another Robo Cop or some other Hollywood bilge.

  • April 19, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Eva Mendes' The Spirit NYCC Poster

    by Herb West

    Here is a pic of Eva Mendes from the Spirit. I didn't know she was involved in this. Isn't this the non-acting girl from Ghost Rider?

  • April 19, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by Herb West

    here is the pic http://tinyurl.com/4h96za

  • April 19, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The problem is, "The Spirit" ISN'T "Sin City"...

    by DanielKurland

    This looks cool, but it's kind of an insult to Eisner. And it'd going to make Sin City 2 look kind of redundant.

  • April 19, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    What were you expecting?

    by Robots In Das Guys

    FRANK FUCKING MILLER doing The Spirit. You knew it was not going to be the funny looking hero, per se. This could be the equivalent of what Miller did to Daredevil, or Batman. DKR, anyone? was it anything like what comic geeks were getting back then? Was it not awesome? I see potential here.

  • April 19, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Know U R rong

    by Napoleon Park

    Dargk Knite Steiks Agin wuz NOTT jist az gud uh komix az enny, itt iz U hoo R 2 dumm 2 "geddit". Frangc Muelar duz NOTT pwn mie azz, N e duzzent haff da died 'n' e'rythinn. Dark Knight Strikes Again was a flagrant money grab and an insult to DC, Batman and the fans who made him a successful comic book creator. The art was a badly scrawled caricature of his early drawing style. It had a couple of clever moments - The Atom fighting Superman by punching him in the ear drum, for example. It was an overpriced project that was unworthy of the prestige format that once bore it's name and certainly wasn;t worth the annoying half year wait for the final issue to come out. N U wudd no thet ef U cud reed 'r speil. U ondy otter hen R wurthy uv yur naim B-cuz UR Teh Suk.

  • April 19, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Actually, this does look better

    by Napoleon Park

    than that made for TV Sprit project with Flash Gordon and Kira Nerys. At least with a black mask he won't look like he used pool chalk for eye shadow.

  • April 19, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Brad Bird should have directed this

    by Undead03

    It would have been intelligent.

  • April 19, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this does look like Sin City 2?

    by ganymede3010

    WTF is up with that? I'm still going to see it though.

  • April 19, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Teaser trailer

    by Gozu

    http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1585694&vid=225572

  • April 19, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    man, this talkback is one big group hug

    by Datascream

    someone pass anal lubricant so the party can really begin.

  • April 19, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    The logo sucks

    by stamper

    The movie will suck too. It's quite obvious it's just a failed attempt. Bring back the old TV movie from the 80's, 100000th times better.

  • April 19, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    POINTLESS OPINION!

    by ironic_name

    POINTLESS OPINION!

  • April 19, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Bitch Bitch Bitch

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    These TBr's are the same spoiled assholes that five years ago begged and screamed and rent their garments for Miller to be "unleashed" from his bondage to the the Hollywood Goons that "stifle his art" - so when FM DOES get off the plantation and starts following his "vision", he's a "Sellout" and a "hack" and he's "ripping off his fans that made him so golly-gosh successful". What, you shitheads think that Miller is doing this movie because he thinks he's gonna get rich just by pandering to you fucking closed-masturbatory-society brats? Good Fucking God, you dickless babies really do think the entire fucking world should revolve around your wishes, don'tcha? No Wonder shitloads of you voted for Bush - those of you that were old enough, anyway. FM does this BECAUSE you demanded he have the "right" to do so, and you all ratified it with your ticket to "Sin City". Quit your goddamn snivelling, stop typing with your dicks, get off yer fat asses and do something better if yer all so fucking bright and talented and insightful. Try making friends with a visionary like Will Eisner and listen to his wisdom, be inspired by his example instead of just slouching around these boards and circle-jerking to the shitty tune of your envy and yer own pathetic self-contempt, ya tribe of ADD dorks.

  • April 19, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Trik_Ster

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Nope, never heard of the guy.

  • April 20, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Ok that is cool

    by krushjudgement

    Great nod to the old opening splash pages of Eisner's.

  • April 20, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Has Frank Miller EVER directed a movie before this?

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I'm getting ugly flashbacks of Robocop sequels. This is NOT the film for Miller to test his directing chops on...<p>Even Tim Story did Barbershop first, and we all know how Fantastic Four turned out.

  • April 20, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Uh... just saw the trailer. This is BAD... :(

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Looks like a fan-film done on the cheap. It might work as an internet short film, for fun, but a major motion picture???<p>They should've gotten a REAL director to make this thing look professional, and not just a Sin City clone.<p>It doesn't look or feel like Will Eisner's creation at all.

  • April 20, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I'm reserving judgement till I see it.

    by Yeti

    I really enjoyed Sin City and 300 so it stands to reason I'll like this too.

  • April 20, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    i hate...!

    by Obscura

    ...how much everyone on this website hates stuff after seeing the smallest glimpse of anything. just all chill the hell out and wait till you see the movie before declaring it to be more evil than Hitler. You guys make me embarressed to come on this site, because all you do is sit around saying how shit something is, when the reality is the mojority of us dont have half the talent of the people who make this stuff.

  • April 20, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    This looks really frickin gay!!

    by jojo-pimp

    I'm sorry, but not enough of the mainstream public is gonna get excited over this..and it will flop HARD!!! the main actor isnt that well known, and samuel jackson really doesnt sell tickets that well anymore. Sin City was a hit because that was something new that people hadnt seen...this is just the same gimmick with a less interesting cast.

  • April 20, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Yes, It Screams, "WHERE THE FUCK IS SIN CITY 2?!"

    by LaserPants

    Frank, FRANK?! Cmon now, man. Cmon. The Spirit? Whaaaaaaaatever, dude, er, sir. No, seriously though? People want to see SIN CITY 2, not some masturbatory Will Eisner fetish vanity project.

  • April 20, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Also, Monkeys

    by LaserPants

    with crippling candy addictions.

  • April 20, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Wow....

    by m_prevette

    This sucks so bad. Yes, it's a teaser with likely ZERO actual film footage. But it's done in Miller's style. Not Eisner's. The Spirit should be technicolor noir, high spirited, action and adventure. Spielberg would be perfect really, given a good script. But not Miller. Not a fading hack comic writer who's long been a cliche. Miller never understood noir, which is why Sin City comics and film were so bad...and now he's gotten his mitts on The Spirit. Oh well. Cross this one off the list.

  • April 21, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    My city screams: "No congestion pricing!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 21, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Stop screaming, city; or I'll give you something to scream about

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 21, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    At least Batman knows his city's not alive!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 21, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Sin City the movie is community theater with blood

    by Knugen

    Possible exception - Clive Owen.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I saw the teaser at NYC Comic Con

    by knowthyself

    Yup its just Sin City. Frank has zero style he's just copying Rodriguez. They spent the entire panel sucking each other off and then showed us a crummy 10 second teaser that ripped off Sin City big time. Blah.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    He should've cast Djimon Hounsou as The Spirit...

    by kiddae

    ...and had some idiot redneck kid as Ebony White. Or "Billy-Bob Fuckneck". As for that screaming city: the self-referential forays into the grotesque work in All-Star Batman, but in movies, where no one REALLY knows who the hell Frank Miller is... not so much.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Painfully bad

    by The StarWolf

    OK, the technical part of the design is fine. But that "My city screams" bit? It hurts just thinking about it.

  • April 21, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I like the giant letters, reminds me of

    by Reel American Hero

    A title page for one of Miller's Daredevil issues, which I can imagine was probably Eisner inspired. The font and the color scheme on the poster and it's border make me want to hang myself though, it's like marketing guy at the studio was like, 'Frank Miller, huh? Okay a little 300 with the font, and Sin City with the color scheme and BAM! Poster..I'm gonna take lunch now. '

  • April 21, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The Giant Letters are all Will Eisner

    by Flea Circus

    It's the execution that seems lacking. And the 300 font for the Spirit title is slightly fucked as well. Clearly the studio is trying to ride whatever coattails it can of 300 and Sin City. That said this movie will most likely suck. If you've ever read the book Eisner/Miller which is basically just a conversation between the two men it's pretty clear that Frank is at the opposite end of comics than Will, and he doesn't even see it, which is probably why he's directing the Spirit. All that wouldn't bother me but the truth is that there was a great Spirit movie out there that never got made. It was something Brad Bird tried to make for years, the Iron Giant, Incredibles, and Ratatooie, Brad Bird. And as a fan of Will's work that's the movie I would have loved to see.

  • April 21, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I figured the giant letters were a Will Eisner thing

    by Reel American Hero

    Never had the chance to actually read much of The Spirit, other than a story they published in a history of comics book I'd read a lot when I was a child and for some reason obsessed with old comics and radio shows on tape from the '30s and '40s. There was some great stuff back then.

  • April 21, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Guys its a poster.

    by dablunt89

    You're just hopeless.

  • April 21, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Shit talking Eisner

    by ebonic_plague

    Look, I can understand how internet movie fanboys want to bitch and moan about Frank and greenscreen, it's your niche in life, but just know that when you attempt to shit-talk the work of Will Eisner you reveal yourself to be one of the people that can only improve the world by removing yourself from it.