Frank Miller has created a Stink Fest of Epic proportions. According to movie critics, we are in Ishtar territory here and the general public seems to agree as The Sprit has tanked and tanked badly.
What's so sad about this is that Eisner was a revolutionary storyteller and now his most famous and innovative, Noir character, The Sprit, will be forever besmirched by Frank Miller's stunningly bad film.
There is a lot that can be said about this movie but I think this quote from MaryAnn Johanson's review says it the best
The Spirit does not believe in itself. It thinks comics are a joke -- and it appears to thinks that movies are a joke, too.
A sad sad time for comic book movies... and just when they were starting to get some respect.
Thanks Frank for f-ing up a legacy...
Let me add, in all fairness, that I have not seen The Spirit but I'm sure I will at some point to verify what is being said about the film. But this I do know, it was not necessary to shoot The Spirit in the same manner as 300 and Sin City.
I feel these two images sum this whole thing up.
Frank Miller's version of the Spirit on the left and an original Eisner Spirit cover on the right.
I'd much rather see a movie about that character on the right side.
UPDATE: I was talking to a guy at work last-night and he said he wanted to see the Spirit because he liked the first one...
I said "what first one?"
He replied "Sin City..."
Of course I politely corrected him that The Spirit was not a sequel