Frank Miller Defends His Quirky Vision for The Spirit
Los Angeles Times columnist Geoff Boucher strikes again! This weekend he chats with Frank Miller, who we all know is going solo this December with The Spirit. Boucher talks with Miller about the ambitious film, which he is still finishing down in San Francisco, and focused heavily on how unique the whole thing is. In the end, Miller is just trying to defend his quirky vision, claiming that Will Eisner himself "always wanted to do something fresh and new, not some stodgy old thing that aspires to be revered." Whether or not I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the Comic-Con footage, I'm still very anxious to see The Spirit as soon as possible, just because I'm so curious to see Frank Miller's solo directorial effort in its entirety.
"I adored Will Eisner and took a real 'Don't tread on me' approach when I came to this movie. At the same time I was willing to tread all over it," Miller starts out saying. "I don't want anybody to bow to this movie. I want a ripping good yarn. It is not an antique." That is obviously evident based on the trailers alone, but even I can't fully get into a film so bizarre with fight scenes that are reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon and not the dark, painful violence we're used to see in comic book movies nowadays. Even Samuel Jackson, who plays the villain in the film, fully supports Miller's unique vision. "There are some great scenes where we just go at it," he says. "Frank knew what he wanted to do. You look at this movie and you can tell it's his. Nobody else would make this movie this way, which is why he's doing movies now."
The rest of the interview is definitely worth reading, with Miller talking about everything from women to violence and more. "The old Eisner comics were loaded with romance, beautiful and dangerous women, and that was a way to explain the sparks flying between the Spirit and every woman he meets," Miller adds. So with less than two months left until The Spirit hits theaters (on Christmas Day, December 25th), what does Miller leave us with to chew over? "I'm sure when this movie comes out it will stir up a fiery debate." Indeed it will, but that's not all. "People have been loving the way comic books have been reaching the screen, but I don't like when everybody drinks the Kool-Aid. I like to shake things up and tell the story the best way possible. And I can tell you firsthand, that's what Will Eisner liked too."