Two major comic-related movie trailers were released this week, although the movies aren’t due this blockbuster season. But it’s almost San Diego, so they have to work the geek circuit timing to get the buzz. (It’s a flaw of the culture, to always be focused on the next big thing, spend too long anticipating it, and then invariably be disappointed because nothing could live up to the expectations.)
The Spirit is due at Christmas, and the second trailer focuses on the many women in the movie. Shame that the art style and content reminds me SO much of Sin City — it makes Frank Miller look like a one-trick pony, and it has little to do with the Eisner comics I’ve read.
The Spirit looks like a drip, which makes it ludicrous that all these over-sexed females are throwing themselves at him. I don’t need to see the Octopus — he was scary because he was unseen — especially with black mascara running down his face. The whole thing reminds me of Sky Captain, and not in a good way.
Watchmen is coming out next March, for some reason, and based on this, they’re pitching it as another big superhero movie instead of the meta-commentary that made the book unique. I’m not really interested. Especially since the eventual DVD sounds like the thing to wait for, with the different layers of content.
They’ve also put out a motion comic, which means light animation to make the comic interesting to the visual audience. Which is creative if not totally faithful.
I know, I’m a downer. Are you looking forward to either of these films? What am I missing?