Frank Miller's The Spirit Slides to Christmas Day
Lionsgate has decided to movie the release date of Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit up from January 16th next year to December 25th - Christmas Day - this year. While this news normally isn't too exciting, this time I think it's actually an interesting choice that's worth discussing. By now we've all seen the first teaser trailer for The Spirit. Lionsgate's president Tom Ortenberg decided to change the release date after they saw the reaction at the New York Comic Con, where the trailer officially debuted. All I know is that the reaction I typically hear when the trailer plays is along the lines of "is this Sin City 2?"
As much as I'm looking forward to The Spirit, a lot of people either seem confused about it or aren't too excited about seeing Frank Miller repeat the Sin City style all over again with a completely different comic that isn't his own. I'm certain it will perform better on Christmas Day instead of in January, but that still doesn't mean it's guaranteed to be a huge hit. And the question I always pose for movies like this that open on Christmas Day - how many people are really going to ditch their families to watch a dark comic book movie? I think it's definitely a confident move, but still I'm not sure Frank Miller's The Spirit is going to be the next big comic book movie. Who will be seeing The Spirit in theaters on Christmas Day?