Frank Miller Defends ‘Spirit’ Film

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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6 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    Manymany years ago, Harlan Ellison and William Friedkin (i think) were working on a TV movie version of the Spirit – not the one that got made.According to Harlan, who i once heard talking about it, it fell through because they were adamant that it should be a 90-minute (including commercials) film – about 70 minutes actual running time (like Spielberg's original version of "Duel") – but the network wanted a two-hour slot, so that they could sell more commercials.As i recall, Harlan described their planned opening, involving a newpaper headline along the lines of "Spirit Missing", someone tearing up the paper and throwing the pieces off a bridge, the camera following the pieces fluttering down, till we see a body in a blue suit floating face down unde the bridge, as the bits of paper fall on the water and form the words "The Spirit"…

  2. mike weber says:

    Hmm – something i forgot to mention "Rapturous approach to women"? Miller? Karen Paige, Selina Kyle (and her girlfriend, Holly), Elektra… "Rapturous"? I think they may have meant "raptorial".

  3. John Tebbel says:

    When living, Homer begged his breadWhile seven cities claimed him dead

  4. Mike Gold says:

    I can live with eliminating Ebony — he's a difficult character to get across today, to say the least. But despite my affection for Frank's work, everything I've seen promoting this movie, including the most recent trailer, makes me very, very trepidatious.I can understand the studio promoting it as Sin City The Masked Generation, but after a couple of trailers and lots of ads and convention stuff, as an Eisner fan I'm worried. I'm with Mike Weber: everything I've heard and read about Ellison's screenplay (including from Harlan's numerous mentions) makes me wish somebody with a similar approach made the movie.

  5. Paul1963 says:

    Am I the only one who looks at that poster and thinks they got the lettering backwards? That "My city screams" should be in the red lettering across the top and "The Spirit" should be carved out of the buildings? That would evoke the source material.