“Dead” Comic Book Hero Reborn on Big Screen


This Christmas Day, another hero born of comics comes to life on the big screen.

Adapted from Will Eisner’s comic book series, and directed by Frank Miller (creator of “300” and “Sin City”), The Spirit tells the story of a man who mysteriously returns from the dead to fight crime from the shadows of Central City.

Unfortunately, the Octopus (Spirit’s arch-enemy) plans to wipe out the hero’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality.

While tracking this cold hearted killer, The Spirit faces a slew of beautiful women who may want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.

The film will be a contemporary version of the ’40s and ’50s comic strip era, aiming for a “timeless feel.”


While director Frank Miller intends to be faithful to the integrity of the material, he won’t make it nostalgic and predicts that people will find it scarier than expected.

Miller plans to film The Spirit using the same digital background technology that was used for Sin City, copying specific shots from the comic.

Created in 1940, Eisner’s Spirit ran in newspapers and comic books across the United States for twelve years.


Eisner’s pioneering work on The Spirit created a comic book style that departed from the melodrama of most superhero serials, focusing instead on the tragedy, romance, and world-weary humor of his characters.

DC Comics are currently publishing Will Eisner’s The Spirit Archives, reprinting the entire original series in high quality hard cover editions. They have also launched an all new monthly The Spirit series.

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