I am largely feeling depressed after watching 'The Spirit' earlier today. I am a big fan of Mr Frank Miller's works and I have to say it seems apparent now that that shall remain in print form in the likes of 'Sin City', 'The Dark Knight Returns' (which I insist that Chris Nolan's Batmobile was 'inspired by') and even 'Robocop'.
Frank Miller has always resisted having his works translated into film until Robert Rodriguez came along and convinced him to make 'Sin City' (they are planning to do a 2 and 3) and even co-directed a few scenes. Nicely done Bob, you've got him hooked. So it perhaps made Zack Snyder's life easier when he pitched '300'.
So dear Frank has now gotten his hands dirty and made 'The Spirit'. And back to his resistance on HIS work being translated, I would believe he has instead turn Will Eisner's grave over. 'The Spirit' begins strong enough, for maybe 2 mins, and started to look like Sin City film and then it became clear that it is NOT. It reminded me sorely of 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' if you can painfully remember that one. The plot just loses itself, the characters became desktop wallpaper that speaks emptiness and the visuals became a sad rip off. Translating the 1940s to modern day and being lost between the two became a sick joke. I just re-watched the trailer and notice critics calling it 'Movie of the Year'...etc. Ah, honesty.
Yes, sexy the women are, and great that the city screams - perhaps because this film was ever made. Dear Mr Eisner R.I.P.
Official website http://www.mycityscreams.com/
Now I am just hoping that 'The Watchmen'
will live up to its reputation - kind of worried after seeing the second trailer having been very impressed with the teaser trailer.
Separately, Mark Miller (The Authority, Ultimates, Civil War), no relations to Frank Miller, is thinking of writing for screen a brand new Superman trilogy.