My husband finally brought home The Spirit DVD. I knew that it was yet another comic book-based movie, and even though many of them are terrible I know that fanboys can’t resist. Like many other forms of literature, movies based on comics are usually not nearly as entertaining as the original story. Ash didn’t like Spider-Man, the Batman movie with Adam West, and he refuses to watch Watchmen.
He did like Iron Man though, but I think it was because he doesn’t read Iron Man comics. So, I’ve developed the Iron Man Hypothesis, which means that a fanboy will only enjoy a comic-based live-action movie if he doesn’t read the comics.
Ash put off buying The Spirit for a while, but he gave into temptation. When he watched it, he kept giggling with glee because he recognized some of the actors as comic book guys. He tried to point them out to me at first, but I didn’t know who they were or why they were important, and I think he got tired of explaining their importance to me.
I wasn’t really paying attention to Ash’s mini-lectures or the movie itself, but it was pretty weird. It was about a police officer who was brought back from the dead. He had to wear a blue suit, red tie, and little mask to protect his identity. He was also kind of a slut. Samuel L. Jackson was the antagonist, and they fought each other. There were lots of strange women with even stranger names. There was a knife-lady named Plaster of Paris. The Spirit’s long-lost-love was named Sans Serif (because Times New Roman was a ridiculous name)! I think the movie ends with the Spirit and Samuel L. Jackson fighting over who gets to drink the blood of Hermaphroditus (or some other Greco-Roman figure).
Overall, I don’t think this was Ash’s favorite comic movie, but I think he would have hated it if he read The Spirit comics before purchasing this film.