Second Look at Frank Miller’s ‘The Spirit’

So last week, we posted a pic and linked to the first pics from the filming of The Spirit, directed by Frank Miller. But, apparently those pics weren’t “official” or “authorized” and we were asked nicely to take them down, which we did because who wants to upset Frank Miller? Not me.

Now we’ve got some official pics that we’re pleased to share with you, so check them out:

Pretty cool, huh? We’ve got Samuel Jackson appearing as “The Octopus” and Scarlett Johansson as “Silken Floss.” Interesting that the official first stills from the movie do not feature The Spirit himself, played by Gabriel Macht. But, I guess no one’s heard of that guy, and who doesn’t love to see Sam Jackson or Scarlett Johansson?
I am as intrigued by this movie as Conor stated he was. It’s obvious the influence that making Sin City with Robert Rodriguez had on Frank Miller, with the use of green screen and colors and what not. But I would hope that Frank Miller would hopefully take it a step further, in some different way. The red background and black silhouettes shows some promise of that, maybe.It’s funny though, to see just how much the Darwyn Cooke run on The Spirit comics recently from DC has affected my view of the character and his universe. I almost wish the movie was being done with a nod from that run, and not Frank Miller’s interpretation of it, like Sin City-ifying it. Either way, I can’t wait to see the final product, and just the fact that it’s being made and being made by Frank Miller is pretty cool.


  1. You three. Or at least you two, Josh hasn’t had a public word for awhile.  But you two!  You’re making me twitch!!!  I will eat my hat if the movie comes out the way you’re predicting it (You know.  The nacho hat.)  The last stills made me completley hopeful that we’ll get that quirky Spirit coming through.  Green screen does not automatically equate a super serious, gritty, rawr film.  Did you SEE the cats?  The dude’s going to be a nut.  It will be wonderful.  And I will be there, singing a little tune called, "I told you so".

  2. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    The Scarlett frame looks much better than the images we’ve seen before.  I believe they were costume/makeup stills.  I like what they’re doing with the lighting in the actual film.  Very cool.  

     @itsbecca – totally get where you’re coming from.  Any comments I’ve made at the tone or style of the movie are aimed squarely at the poster and marketing to date.  Still too early to say whether it’s getting to be straight up Sin City, or if it’s going to be a lighter twist on that style.   

  3. I don’t know anything at all about this movie. But I wonder how/if Ebony White will be played. But I suspect this movie isn’t going to be a very challenging piece of film making. 

    Looks weird in the stills.

  4. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:


     Ebony isn’t listed in the credits on imdb.  But who knows.    

     In other news, the dad from The Wonder Years is playing Dolan?  Nice.   

  5. I really would have like it if they did the DC way. But ireally like the look of Sin City and a l’ll give any superhero movie a go.

  6. Yeah, see that’s what confuses me. On the one hand, I remember hearing way back, that Miller wanted to do a straight Eisner adaptation. Which has the tricky problem of Ebony White. From the stills the movie looks a bit darker than Cooke’s reinterpretation. Can’t tell which way this is going or what this movie is trying to aspire to do or be.

    Got a feeling this is going to be somewhat camp. Somewhere between the dreadful Shadow and the somewhat worse, Sin City. Hmm…

  7. Wasn’t the Octopus’s face always hidden in shadow? I know why they would cast SLJ for this movie, but if Miller is going for a straight adaptation you would think he would push for another actor. It would be a ballsey move if they do keep SLJ’s face in the shadows.

  8. I’m still scared this movie is going to be Sin City meets Dick Tracy.

    Or maybe I’m exited that it will be… hmmm.  I’m not sure.

  9. Looks more like Sin City then The Spirit. 

  10. Not really getting a lot out of those pics, but fair enough.
    I started watching Sin City last night with the Rodriguez/Miller commentary, and it’s definitly getting me in the mood… Although, strangely enough, the last crop of photographs got me pining all the more for the promise of a gaudy technicolor MADMAN movie… *sigh*

    Can’t wait to see more!

  11. I personaly really loved the Sin City look. A dark and gritty Spirit does Six Gun make happy!

  12. I just might explode.

  13. @CharlieBlix   I gotta ASSUME this will be Dick Tracy meets Sin City.  I’m not sure there’s anything wrong with that.  The characters won’t be as caricatured physically as DT but I’m sure things will be played over the top, otherwise, why the green screen?

    I hope he pulls way back on any ultra-violence because that’s not The Spirit at all.  Go ahead and make him grim, gritty or what not but no need for a lot of blood letting. 

  14. I have to agree ron and conor in the sense that the Darwyn Cooke’s run of the spirit being so fresh in my mind.  After watching the video podcast with the guys interviewing Darwyn and hearing his idea of the character, i feared the movie’s supposedly "grittier" take on the character.  i think in my mind i would have liked to see a Spirit movie along the lines of say an Indiana Jones movie.  But i’m not going to write if off till i see it.


    Well I’ve thought about it and I don’t think I want Dick Tracy meets Sin City.  I just don’t.  I want this to be fresh and fun I don’t want it to be gore and silly looking.  I fear this could be the next Batman and Robin (The crap-tastic movie).  I hope not because I love frank millers work but I just don’t know if I’m going to love him imposing his dark style on this classic character.


  16. This isn’t really looking like Will Eisner’s Spirit so far and I’m a little worried.  I’ll wait till it comes out however and refrain from pre-judging.