LA Times: 'The Spirit' movie that could have been

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In a guest essay for Hero Complex, Steven Paul Leiva talks about the film version of The Spirit that could have been...

Frank Miller's film version of Will Eisner's innovative 1940s comic book, "The Spirit" opens on Christmas Day. It will be stylistic and hyper-visual, a hoped-for perfect melding of film and "sequential art," a term coined by Eisner. What it will not be, however, is revolutionary. Comic book movies are now the meat and potatoes -- not to mention several side vegetables -- of Hollywood. And even its green screen, scene-simulation style is just part of a Miller continuum that started with "Sin City."

But if the world had turned a little differently, if fate had been a little kinder, a "Spirit" feature film would have debuted in the 1980s that would not only have been revolutionary but -- those of us involved in it were convinced -- a huge hit, possibly the first $100 million-grossing animated feature. And the futures of such filmmakers as Brad Bird, Gary Kurtz, John Musker and John Lasseter might have taken alternative paths.

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