I don't often write on the blog, and I generally prefer to keep it to art and possibly just pointing people towards a few choice items, but I have found a topic that I have rather strong views about.
It would seem that in the early nineties the rights to Will Eisner's The Spirit were purchased for the purpose of adapting it to screen. Eisner was promised that the film would not be touched by anyone who "didn't get it". I guess promises only last as long as you're alive.
Although, I guess we can be happy in knowing that the script and direction was left to a writer who hasn't has a great story since around the time I was born. I mean, going from groundbreaking work that is The Dark Knight Returns in the 80's, to Sin City's celebration of mindless violence and sexism in the 90's and then to the gibberish that is DK2 in the 00's- clearly, now that we are nearing the next decade, Miller is ready to take another giant leap in that same direction.
Although, to be fair, as much as I dislike the Sin City comics, the film is one of merely a handful that makes a perfect literature to screen transition. I'm certain that the stylization took forever to figure out and perfect, but that's no reason to use the technique again. George Lucas went in and put an unnecessary polish on his masterpieces and guess what? It was the beginning of the end.
And really, if they didn't want to use a Eisner feel/look (I found out just this year that there are many people who dislike his work because his people are "ugly") what the hell is wrong with taking from the Darwyn Cooke and Jeph Loeb version?
Anyway, Some Notes:
-The Spirit will now be wearing a black suit as opposed to his iconic blue one.
-As those of you who know the comic have probably guessed, Ebony White will not be in the film. Without a doubt it is due to the fact that the look of the character is similar to blackface caricatures and nobody wanted to deal with the controversy. However, while Eisner has received criticism for creating the character, it never came from groups who fought for black rights. In fact several of them commended him for using a black character who is sympathetic and can fend for himself.
-There will be a love triangle between The Spirit, Ellen Dolan and Sand Saref. Fine, whatever, they're obviously changing shit anyway. What's really offensive here is how they chose to depict Sand Saref. She used to be a pretty classy broad- WITH HIPS. I'm going to segue for a bit into another point of contention that Claire and I have bitterly complained about. Period films never contain people who look like they're from that period. They'll go to great lengths to imitate costume and sets, hair and makeup, but the people themselves are CLEARLY from the wrong era. In fact, the only production that I can honestly say feels the part is the television series Jeeves and Wooster. Anyway- going back, she's too Kate Moss, not enough Cyd Charisse (not that any woman can ever hope to be Cyd Charisse).
-The Octopus is VISIBLE.
-Scarlett Johansson is playing Silken Floss. I have no love of her acting or her constant blank, vapid stare.
-They're seriously pushing the whole back from the dead thing a LOT more.