New Photos: Frank Miller’s The Spirit

/Film reader Christopher M sent over these new photos from Frank Miller’s The Spirit, which hits theaters on December 25th 2008. I’ll admit, some of these photos look really bad ass, but I’m still not convinced due to the horrible showing Lionsgate had at Comic Con. More after the jump.

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Minutes after the panel for Frank Miller‘s green screen opus,The Spirit, was over at Comic Con, the Internet exploded like a million snarky bottle rockets, sending up enlightened texts like, “The Spirit, LOL, looks like Sin Shitty,” and the trusty “EPIC FAIL!” Yes, on that marvelous day, the vista view enjoyed from the confines of Twitter was like sipping a Corona inside the Green Zone. Well, the Con footage has now popped (pooped?) up on YouTube. I might as well let the Slashfilmbot take over from here. Samuel L. Jackson caps off this clip by declaring, “C’mon! Toilets are always funny.” Polite fanboy laughter only adds to the cringe factor, like a really bad SNL skit.


UPDATE: Clip was removed.

Discuss: Describe the footage in five words or less.

Video: Comic Con Day 3 Wrap Up

On Friday afternoon at Comic Con, Peter Sciretta and David Chen of /Film are joined by Kelvin and El Mayimbe of Latino Review and Vic from Screenrant to talk about the atrocity that was The Spirit, the unexpected surprise of The Wolfman and the awesome Watchmen footage.

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/Filmcast Episode 8: Hellboy 2


In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam debate whether Robert Downey Jr. would make a good Sherlock Holmes, celebrate Jon Favreau’s return to Iron Man 2, and delve deeply into the cultural phenomenon that is Step Up 2: The Streets. Also, an in-depth review of Hellboy 2. Special guest Dave3 joins us from Geeks of Doom and Peter Sciretta also makes a brief appearance.

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The Spirit Movie Trailer

A full length trailer for Frank Miller’s The Spirit has been released onto the web. My first impression is that of disappointment. I was more impressed by the previously released teaser trailer. A lot of this film was shot on a stage, and judging from this trailer – it feels like it. Gone is the stylized computer generated backgrounds of Sin City, because Black is the new Red. Sin City somehow felt alive and real, this feels like a big screen adaptation of a stage play with some cool effects. The actors come off as actors wearing costumes, rather than comic book characters brought to life on the big screen. And what is up with the psychedelic image of The Spirit falling out of the lips of a woman’s mouth? Am I missing something? I’m also not digging the use of quotes on screen to introduce the characters. If this is the trailer they will be showing at Comic Con, I’m pretty sure the response will be negative. Do you agree? Am I wrong? Comment below!

Thanks to our friends at Rejects for finding this trailer. The Spirit hits theaters on December 25th 2008.

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

The Spirit on Total Film

The August issue of Total Film features Frank Miller’s The Spirit on the cover.  It features an exclusive look at The Spirit and Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla and two free posters: Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Dark Knight.

Four Talking Posters From The Spirit

When I first heard that Yahoo had talking posters from Frank Miller’s The Spirit, I thought to myself “Cool, this is the future of movie marketing”. I mean, eventually one-sheet displays will be replaced with flatscreen televisions which can easily switch in and out various movie posters. Say a screening of The Happening just gets out, the theater can load movie posters of films that people who went to see an M Night movie would also enjoy. As you leave The Dark Knight, posters from other comic book movies would light your path of exit. And this new technology would allow for animated and interactive posters.

So when I clicked over to Yahoo I was very disappointed to find four standard character posters. The talking gimmick is just a gimmick. You move your mouse over a poster and a sound clip from that character is played. Sure, it’s interaction, but pretty lamely executed. I was expecting for the characters to come to life. I was expecting their lips to move. Was I expecting too much? Check out the lameness for yourself on Yahoo. Or you could star at the four posters above and pretend they are saying the superimposed quotes. It’s probably just as good.

The latest issue of Comic-Con Magazine has the first official photo of Samuel L. Jackson as The Spirit arch-enemy the Octopus. They also have an interview with Frank Miller talking about the upcoming comic book adaptation. Click to enlarge.

Samuel L. Jackson as The Spirit arch-enemy the Octopus

The Spirit hits theaters on Christmas 2008.

The Spirit

Lionsgate has decided to move the release date of Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit up from January 16th next year to Christmas Day (December 25th 2008). Apparently Lionsgate’s president Tom Ortenberg decided to change the release date after he saw the reaction to the film’s teaser trailer at the New York Comic Con. And I’m sure Paramount’s decision to move Star Trek from that date to Summer 2009 (May 8th) had nothing to do with this decision.

The Spirit will now go head to head with Disney’s Adam Sandler family fantasy comedy Bedtime Stories, and the adaptations of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Marley & Me, both of which fall into the romance category. There is certainly room for a comic book film on that Holiday date.

Discuss: Which movie will you see on Christmas weekend – The Spirit, Bedtime Stories, The Time Traveler’s Wife or Marley & Me.

Page 2 for April 21, 2008

The Spirit PosterThere has been so much news in the last few days that we just haven’t been able to get to all of it. Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Yahoo Movies has the first character photo featuring Eva Mendes as Sand Saref from Frank Miller’s The Spirit.

The first internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web on April 28th. A second teaser trailer will be released a month later. [newsaskew]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will start shooting in October. Producer Mark Johnson said that they have “no plans” at the moment to continue on past Voyage of the Dawn Treader. [firstshowing]

Friday the 13th will be R-Rated. Thank God. [BloodyDisgusting]

The Simpsons Ride

Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood have both set dates for the grand openings of “The Simpsons Ride” next month. May 15 and 16 in Orlando, May 17th in Hollywood. [UGO]

Who is going to pay $24,000 for the Sex and the City Fantasy Tour? [trendhunter]

Associated Press has a look at the Hollywood studio and theme park companies’ efforts in Dubai.

A new trailer for the new Iron Man video game was released at the NYCC. []

WALL-E Soundtrack

The WALL-E soundtrack is available for preorder on Amazon.

Joel Silver tells IESB that Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland are working n a new Wonder Woman script, which may explore a story involving Paradise Island.

MTV is holding a “2008 Movie Spoof Contest,” with the winner eligible for a free trip to Los Angeles for the MTV Movie Awards on June 1 and their very own Golden Popcorn.

Universal Studios has finally revealed their Blu-ray plans. It’s about damn time. [Cinema Blend]