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(2008)

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The names of Logos, Pathos, and Ethos for three of the characters in the film are from Aristotle, who suggested that these three elements are necessary for persuasive rhetoric.
In an interview with Total Film magazine, Frank Miller admitted that he shouted "Cut!" instead of "Action!" just before filming Paz Vega's scene because he was so distracted by her costume.
The underwater scenes were all shot dry-for-wet, which greatly relieved Eva Mendes, who didn't know how to swim.
Ebony White, The Spirit's sidekick from the comics, was omitted, largely because he was typically portrayed as a 1930's racial stereotype. Frank Miller disliked the idea of The Spirit having a sidekick, so the character was completely removed, rather than updated.
Some scenes were shot using a new digital camera called "The Phantom", that can shoot at up to 1,000 frames per second. Most of the film was shot with Panavision Genesis cameras.
There are several references to other comic book characters throughout the film: Sand Saref mentions Robin, Morgenstern mentions the Electra complex (based on the daughter of Agamemnon, the basis for the Marvel character Elektra), and The Spirit mentions Thor's hammer.
Shot on green screen in fifty days.
When the Spirit finds Sand Serif's derrière photocopy and says, "You shouldn't have signed it", the phrase was from one of Frank Miller's early Daredevil comics.
Eva Mendes wanted to work with Frank Miller before even seeing the script for The Spirit (2008).
Dolan uses the phrase "hard goodbye" as a metaphor for death. It is also the name of Marv's Sin City story, written by Frank Miller.
According to myth, Lorelei (death) was a siren who lured ships and sailors to destruction.
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All of the henchmen clones' names end in "-os," and the last two seen on screen are "Adios" and "Amigos", in order.
Frank Miller uses comic book authors as company names in the film, for example 'Feiffer'. Another (Ditko, a reference to Steve Ditko) appears on the side of the truck driven by Silken Floss.
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While a character in her own right from the comics, Sand Saref's seduction of, and marriage to, wealthy men only to have them killed, is a trait taken from fellow Spirit femme fatale P'Gell.
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The name "Sand Serif" is a play on words. "Sans Serif" is a type of font without serifs. A serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol.
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Stana Katic's character Morgenstern gets told twice: "You'll make detective in no time." and in the television series Castle (2009), her character Kate Beckett is the youngest woman to ever make detective in the NYPD.
A few seconds after Octopus mentions "Star Trek," Silken Floss says the words "cling on," similar to the race "Klingon" in the Star Trek universe.
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Morgenstern's name means "morningstar" in German and Dutch.
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In an interrogation scene, the Spirit asks the Octopus "What's in the vase, Thor's hammer?" Samuel L. Jackson (The Octopus) and Scarlett Johansson (Silken Floss) later appeared in Marvel's The Avengers (2012), (as Nick Fury and Black Widow, respectively), which also features Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) as a member of the team.
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In the early 1970s, William Friedkin bought the film rights to The Spirit and asked Will Eisner to write a screenplay. Eisner declined, but recommend Harlan Ellison to write the script. In 1976, it was announced that Friedkin's Spirit film would be a TV movie and air on NBC. Plans for the film dissolved when Friedkin and Ellison had an unrelated argument.
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In 1980, Brad Bird and Jerry Rees created an animated trailer for a proposed Spirit film. It attracted the attention of producer Gary Kurtz, but no studio would pick up the project, feeling it was unmarketable. The animation was considered lost until Steven Paul Leiva posted it on YouTube in 2015. Randall William Cook provided the voice of Denny Colt/The Spirit in the animation.
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Central City is the same name of the city, in which the DC Comics superhero The Flash resides.
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Dolan says "This girl will make detective in no time", referring to Officer Morgenstern (Stana Katic). She was next hired to play Detective Kate Beckett in the television series Castle (2009).
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Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson would go on to portray Nick Fury and Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow, respectively, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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