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New Spirit trailer

07.16.2008

UPDATE - Yahoo! Movies has posted an official version of the trailer described below. You can stream it below or head to Yahoo! for some HD lovin'.

I, quite frankly, never cared much about Frank Miller's upcoming comic adaptation THE SPIRIT. Sure it has Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes and that's enough to get my interest piqued on some level but then again their participation didn't make THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL or GHOST RIDER any better. But now, I'm straight up dying to see THE SPIRIT because I can't believe how unbelievably bad it looks. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh but this trailer doesn't jive with me one bit. It's so ridiculously over-the-top that I can hardly believe I'm watching it. If THE DARK KNIGHT is the one end of the spectrum that takes comic book movies super seriously, THE SPIRIT is on the waaay on the other end. Aside from getting douche chills just looking at the footage, the trailer itself is quite poorly cut together. It's almost as if they don't know how to sell this movie so all they've got left is pimping out the hot ladies. Or showing off Sam Jackson in Nazi regalia. Seriously. Pretty sure it will be shown off at Comic-Con and I can't wait to see what the reaction will be...

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5:57PM on 07/17/2008

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it does look very noir - ish and pretty interesting, but sam jackson looks like a douche bag, dont know whats up with that.
it does look very noir - ish and pretty interesting, but sam jackson looks like a douche bag, dont know whats up with that.
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4:15AM on 07/17/2008

Traileer looks like garbage

But you have to admit the girls look hot. Dam. I MIGHT got see it just for the girls. I dunno...
But you have to admit the girls look hot. Dam. I MIGHT got see it just for the girls. I dunno...
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1:33AM on 07/17/2008
Looks friggin' wacky...
Looks friggin' wacky...
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11:18PM on 07/16/2008

. . . . . .

This looks like it could be a really interesting artsy film noir type movie or a horrible piece of crap. We shall see.
This looks like it could be a really interesting artsy film noir type movie or a horrible piece of crap. We shall see.
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9:29PM on 07/16/2008

holy fuck-mothering christ batman!!!

this looks absolutely god awful. i've been of the opinion that Frank went off the deep end somewhere around Dark Knight Strikes Again, but this is the final proof. the man is lost to us now.
this looks absolutely god awful. i've been of the opinion that Frank went off the deep end somewhere around Dark Knight Strikes Again, but this is the final proof. the man is lost to us now.
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6:00PM on 07/16/2008
Ummm...wtf?
Ummm...wtf?
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5:56PM on 07/16/2008
This looks awful. No film should be shot entirely over a green screen. In my opinion, it never works.
This looks awful. No film should be shot entirely over a green screen. In my opinion, it never works.
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4:35PM on 07/16/2008
Okay, i finally caved and watched it..... wow, i really dont like this trailer, or where the movie seems to be headed, at all. and what the hell is Sam Jackson, or any of the characters for that matter, doing. this movie should not be about visual gags and over the top bad-acting-on-purpose humor. it is supposed to have that film noir feel to it with a touch of adventure and crime-drama. This TRULY does feel like Sin City Part Deux
Okay, i finally caved and watched it..... wow, i really dont like this trailer, or where the movie seems to be headed, at all. and what the hell is Sam Jackson, or any of the characters for that matter, doing. this movie should not be about visual gags and over the top bad-acting-on-purpose humor. it is supposed to have that film noir feel to it with a touch of adventure and crime-drama. This TRULY does feel like Sin City Part Deux
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3:35PM on 07/16/2008

even Wronger

Every time something for The Spirit is put out there it looks less like Eisner.

And Miller has a funny idea of what "a full-color movie" is, as he calls this on his blog.
Every time something for The Spirit is put out there it looks less like Eisner.

And Miller has a funny idea of what "a full-color movie" is, as he calls this on his blog.
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2:22PM on 07/16/2008

What genre does this fit into?

Seriously? It plays out more like an erotic thriller than film noir. Shouldn't the trailer be centering on the title character, or the villain, and not the peripheral girls? It feels like the technology of this film was wasted on a plotless Sin City clone. How about a trailer that tells us what the film is about. Isn't that the point of a trailer, to sell us on the film's main premise? I'm less curious about this film than I was before. Now all I feel is disinterest.
Seriously? It plays out more like an erotic thriller than film noir. Shouldn't the trailer be centering on the title character, or the villain, and not the peripheral girls? It feels like the technology of this film was wasted on a plotless Sin City clone. How about a trailer that tells us what the film is about. Isn't that the point of a trailer, to sell us on the film's main premise? I'm less curious about this film than I was before. Now all I feel is disinterest.
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2:06PM on 07/16/2008

SUCKS!

Another terribly put together trailer. This looks awful! What the hell is Frank Miller smoking? Samuel L. Jackson looks ridiculous!
Another terribly put together trailer. This looks awful! What the hell is Frank Miller smoking? Samuel L. Jackson looks ridiculous!
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1:16PM on 07/16/2008
Okay, so it kinda looks like the superhero version of "Speed Racer." Fine by me!
Okay, so it kinda looks like the superhero version of "Speed Racer." Fine by me!
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12:26PM on 07/16/2008

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it actually looks really good, but whats up with sam jackson, what the hell happend since pulp fiction?
it actually looks really good, but whats up with sam jackson, what the hell happend since pulp fiction?
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11:00AM on 07/16/2008

Revel in its awfulness...

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6:04AM on 07/16/2008
I thought it looked o.k. I like the style and the "comic book acting". Seems like it's already starting to become a fad to hate this movie, give it a chance until you see it people!
I thought it looked o.k. I like the style and the "comic book acting". Seems like it's already starting to become a fad to hate this movie, give it a chance until you see it people!
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2:14AM on 07/16/2008

Wow, it's like this year's Southland Tales with nuttin but hot chicks...

which MAY or MAY NOT be a bad thing...they had me with the teaser (BRILLIANT IDEA with The Untouchables theme song, Frank!) but this just...

wow, I'm just...so on the fence, the crack of my ass can feel the metal.
which MAY or MAY NOT be a bad thing...they had me with the teaser (BRILLIANT IDEA with The Untouchables theme song, Frank!) but this just...

wow, I'm just...so on the fence, the crack of my ass can feel the metal.
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12:22AM on 07/16/2008

SAD

I really got a sad feeling now....

Frank Miller...out of all people to do this...
I really got a sad feeling now....

Frank Miller...out of all people to do this...
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11:55PM on 07/15/2008

Great

I think the trailer is great, and the movie looks awesome.
I think the trailer is great, and the movie looks awesome.
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4:49PM on 07/15/2008
trailer has been removed at the request of Lionsgate, per the link to the site.
trailer has been removed at the request of Lionsgate, per the link to the site.
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2:48PM on 07/15/2008
Having never even seen anything on The Watcher graphic novels, I was surprised to see when I picked one up at the library, how different the trailer looked from it. But I am still intrigued enough for now to give it a look.
Having never even seen anything on The Watcher graphic novels, I was surprised to see when I picked one up at the library, how different the trailer looked from it. But I am still intrigued enough for now to give it a look.
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2:16PM on 07/15/2008
First of all, aside from the name, this is NOTHING like The Spirit. It's Sin City with Spirit characters. Frank Miller has done groundbreaking work in the comics industry, but he puts out tons of crap too. He utilizes the "over-the-top" to mask the fact that he isn't good enough to do it any other way. The movie looks dreadful.
First of all, aside from the name, this is NOTHING like The Spirit. It's Sin City with Spirit characters. Frank Miller has done groundbreaking work in the comics industry, but he puts out tons of crap too. He utilizes the "over-the-top" to mask the fact that he isn't good enough to do it any other way. The movie looks dreadful.
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1:45PM on 07/15/2008

oh wow.

Totally disagree. I think it looks great. I agree the trailer looks a little poorly put together, rushed for comicon perhaps, but the content looks slick, retro, sin-city meets film noir meets anime. Beautiful babes, Samual L. Jackson, violence and nazis and style. Count be as excited, although I'm rather surprised to see the division over this. Seems likes something Joblo fans would eat up...
Totally disagree. I think it looks great. I agree the trailer looks a little poorly put together, rushed for comicon perhaps, but the content looks slick, retro, sin-city meets film noir meets anime. Beautiful babes, Samual L. Jackson, violence and nazis and style. Count be as excited, although I'm rather surprised to see the division over this. Seems likes something Joblo fans would eat up...
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1:15PM on 07/15/2008
"Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh"
Yeah, you are. You talk about over-the-top but you extremely exaggerated the content of that trailer. There really wasn't anything that seemed out of place in a COMIC BOOK ACTION MOVIE BASED ON A GUY WHO COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD. I agree that The Dark Knight is going to set the bar for comic book films being taken seriously, but you don't have to use that as a journalism-crutch to shit all over a trailer for no reason.
"Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh"
Yeah, you are. You talk about over-the-top but you extremely exaggerated the content of that trailer. There really wasn't anything that seemed out of place in a COMIC BOOK ACTION MOVIE BASED ON A GUY WHO COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD. I agree that The Dark Knight is going to set the bar for comic book films being taken seriously, but you don't have to use that as a journalism-crutch to shit all over a trailer for no reason.
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12:41PM on 07/15/2008

WOw, Sir.

This trialer kinda makes me wanna pull a Michael Hutchence, and hang myself with a belt. The acting looks bad the style doesn't fit, It just doesn't make the ladies run, Sir. Not for me.
This trialer kinda makes me wanna pull a Michael Hutchence, and hang myself with a belt. The acting looks bad the style doesn't fit, It just doesn't make the ladies run, Sir. Not for me.
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12:32PM on 07/15/2008
'Shut up and Bleed'
I'm down, I just hope that it is rated R... but I doubt it will be.
'Shut up and Bleed'
I'm down, I just hope that it is rated R... but I doubt it will be.
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12:29PM on 07/15/2008

Where's the Originality?

For some reason, Frank Miller seems to believe that us Graphic Novel readers, want to see the black and white with detailed colors as the filming media. It was interesting to see it done with Sin City, but to just take another novel and do the exact same thing with it, is very un-creative. A graphic novel could be done in so many other forms that the fanboys/girls would love to see. So I say, common Miller, try to be original with each film!
For some reason, Frank Miller seems to believe that us Graphic Novel readers, want to see the black and white with detailed colors as the filming media. It was interesting to see it done with Sin City, but to just take another novel and do the exact same thing with it, is very un-creative. A graphic novel could be done in so many other forms that the fanboys/girls would love to see. So I say, common Miller, try to be original with each film!
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12:01PM on 07/15/2008
I dunno about this...the trailer was pretty bad
I dunno about this...the trailer was pretty bad
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11:40AM on 07/15/2008

Well...

I think "The Spirit" looks SO overly stylized and SO overly poppy, that it actually looks entertaining. However, I will say (as I think it is irrefutable) that this is not "The Spirit" that Will Eisner would have necessarily wanted. Miller made it his own, but it isn't completely lacking of Eisner's spirit (pun un-intentional). I'll give it a shot, it looks like a fun, trashy flick.
I think "The Spirit" looks SO overly stylized and SO overly poppy, that it actually looks entertaining. However, I will say (as I think it is irrefutable) that this is not "The Spirit" that Will Eisner would have necessarily wanted. Miller made it his own, but it isn't completely lacking of Eisner's spirit (pun un-intentional). I'll give it a shot, it looks like a fun, trashy flick.
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11:01AM on 07/15/2008

Looks Like A Winner!

Yeah man....you might be! I like it...even if it was mostly a female domminated, can[link] kind of trailer.....and yes...Scarlett looks hot!
Yeah man....you might be! I like it...even if it was mostly a female domminated, can[link] kind of trailer.....and yes...Scarlett looks hot!
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10:52AM on 07/15/2008
Hmmm, I can see it being cool, but I don't know, the trailer didn't seem to give a lot.

Scarlett looks hot, and so does paz. it'll have some good looking sexy ladies bottom line.
Hmmm, I can see it being cool, but I don't know, the trailer didn't seem to give a lot.

Scarlett looks hot, and so does paz. it'll have some good looking sexy ladies bottom line.
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10:19AM on 07/15/2008
I personally think, from the standpoint of someone who has never read The Spirit OR Sin City, but loved the hell out of the movie Sin City (hence, the average moviegoer), that this movie looks like a blast. It looks sexy, fun, and Samuel L. Jackson looks likes he's having a great time with his role. I think he loves playing batshit characters. Despite what anyone else says, I'm looking forward to this movie.
I personally think, from the standpoint of someone who has never read The Spirit OR Sin City, but loved the hell out of the movie Sin City (hence, the average moviegoer), that this movie looks like a blast. It looks sexy, fun, and Samuel L. Jackson looks likes he's having a great time with his role. I think he loves playing batshit characters. Despite what anyone else says, I'm looking forward to this movie.
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10:18AM on 07/15/2008

awful...

Miller's gone weak in the writing department a long time ago. The man that created some of the greatest Batman, Daredevil, and, his own, Sin City stories is now over-indulging himself in cinema, but someone needs to remind him he's no Tarantino. He hasn't found a balance between substance and style, something most pros have yet to nail, and it shows he hardly knows what he's doing. He might be having a blast, good for him... but do that shit in your garage and post it on youtube. You're working
Miller's gone weak in the writing department a long time ago. The man that created some of the greatest Batman, Daredevil, and, his own, Sin City stories is now over-indulging himself in cinema, but someone needs to remind him he's no Tarantino. He hasn't found a balance between substance and style, something most pros have yet to nail, and it shows he hardly knows what he's doing. He might be having a blast, good for him... but do that shit in your garage and post it on youtube. You're working on the Spirit douche-bag!! Sure, it's just a trailer, but this looks like a sloppy mess.
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8:40AM on 07/15/2008
I honestly feel bad for Will Esiner's soul he's suppose to be enjoying heaven but Frank Miller just raped one of his greatest creation. I could have sworn Miller said this won't look like Sin City what a talentless director. He should stick to writing so he doesn't taint his own career anymore or more esp anyone else's.
I honestly feel bad for Will Esiner's soul he's suppose to be enjoying heaven but Frank Miller just raped one of his greatest creation. I could have sworn Miller said this won't look like Sin City what a talentless director. He should stick to writing so he doesn't taint his own career anymore or more esp anyone else's.
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8:36AM on 07/15/2008

it's striking, got great dames, crazy action

but can Miller direct? I see potential here, potential for disaster as well. But we see small pieces, in context it could be really groovy. I dig the cartoon style black border around samurai Jackson, the exaggerated roof top acrobatics, the ladies are grrreat.
They messed up with the trailer. Should have shown some sequence instead, to give us a taste of the story, the tone.
But i'll bet you will all be checking this out in the movies however much you complain now.
but can Miller direct? I see potential here, potential for disaster as well. But we see small pieces, in context it could be really groovy. I dig the cartoon style black border around samurai Jackson, the exaggerated roof top acrobatics, the ladies are grrreat.
They messed up with the trailer. Should have shown some sequence instead, to give us a taste of the story, the tone.
But i'll bet you will all be checking this out in the movies however much you complain now.
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8:26AM on 07/15/2008

Eva...

Is it just me or does Eva Mendes seem to be a death sentence of late? Or, you know, ever?
Is it just me or does Eva Mendes seem to be a death sentence of late? Or, you know, ever?
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7:49AM on 07/15/2008

I don't normally judge a film by the trailer but....

this really does look like just another excuse to use the green-screen. Over-the-top stylizing and some rather clunky dialogue in the trailer. Doesn't bode well. Still...Scarlett Johansson. >.>
this really does look like just another excuse to use the green-screen. Over-the-top stylizing and some rather clunky dialogue in the trailer. Doesn't bode well. Still...Scarlett Johansson. >.>
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