The Spirit (2008)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Spirit is based on a 1940s newspaper strip of the same name by American comics writer Will Eisner [1917-2005]. It was adapted for the screen by comics artist and screenwriter Frank Miller, best known for his Sin City comics.
Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson): The daughter of Commissioner Dolan, in her pre-war appearances she tried to win the affection of The Spirit by getting into trouble which required The Spirit's assistance. After the war, the relationship evolved with a romantic affection between the two strongly implied. In later years (in November 1950), Ellen ran and won the role of Mayor of Central City.
Commissioner Dolan (Dan Lauria): The Police Commissioner of Central City, he met The Spirit on his first adventure and although knowing that The Spirit was Denny Colt was under orders to apprehend The Spirit for the first few months. Although Dolan's first name was always given as "Eustace" in all his post-war Spirit tales, he was called "Diogenes" by his sister-in-law in one pre-war story.
The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson): The Spirit's arch nemesis, The Octopus never showed his face in the stories but readers could always identify the character by the distinctive gloves he always wore. A master of disguise, The Octopus was involved in the epic fight with The Spirit which left Denny Colt blinded.
Checklist of appearances
14 July 1946 - "The Postage Stamp"
17 November 1946 - "Return to Caramba"
1 December 1946 - "The Portier Fortune"
6 July 1947 - "Wanted - Mortimer J. Titmouse"
10 August 1947 - "Sign of The Octopus" aka "Klink Versus The Octopus"
17 August 1947 - "The Picnic"
24 August 1947 - "Showdown with The Octopus"
28 December 1947 "Umbrella Handles"
25 January 1948 - Montabaldo"
1 February 1948 - "El Espirito"
1 August 1948 - "The Eisner Travel Agency"
31 October 1948 - "Hallowe'en Spirit"
5 December 1948 - "Stop the Plot"
26 December 1948 - "Will Eisner's Almanack" (cameo)
4 February 1951 - "Showdown with The Octopus" (reprint)
11 February 1951 - "Octopus Back in U.S.A."
18 February 1951 - "To The Spirit with Love"
25 February 1951 - "The Portier Fortune" (revised reprint)
18 March 1951 - "Darling Unmasks The Octopus"
15 July 1951 - "Heat" (cameo)
22 July 1951 - "Hospital Zone - Quiet"
25 November 1951 - "I Hate The Spirit Because Contest" aka "The League of Liars" (cameo)
Lorelei Rox (Jamie King): Although only appearing in one story, the tale of Lorelei Rox was one of the most memorable appearances of a femme fatale. Singing a hypnotic song that mesmerizes her victims, this statesque woman almost caused The Spirit to come to grief.
Sand Saref (Eva Mendes): First created as a character for the John Law comic, Sand Seref is shown as having known Denny Colt as a child as well as knowing that he is now The Spirit. Usually ending up on the opposite side of the law from The Spirit, she works in espionage.
8 January 1950 - "Sand Saref"
15 January 1950 - "Bring in Sand Saref"
26 February 1950 - "Blood of the Earth"
12 March 1950 - "The Jewel of Gizeh"
19 March 1950 - "Carrion"
26 March 1950 - "The Island"
9 April 1950 - "Rescue"
10 December 1950 - "Snowbound"
14 January 1951 - "Rife Magazine" (cameo)
12 August 1951 - "The Foxtrot Poll"
3 February 1952 - "A Man Named Nero"
20 July 1952 - "Marry The Spirit"
The Spirit (Gabriel Macht): Police Officer Denny Colt was thought dead and buried at Wildwood Cemetery after a gunfight in which he is covered in some experimental chemicals. Returning to life he assumes the guise of The Spirit and wages a one-man war against crime and injustice. Although he has no superpowers, The Spirit is able to take practically an endless amount of physical punishment. It is also suggested that the chemicals in which he was doused in have prolonged his life.
Huevos rancheros is a popular dish eaten for breakfast in Mexico. Basically it's composed of a couple of sunny side up eggs over a couple of corn tortillas with hot tomato or chili sauce poured over them, served with beans and cheese. The reason why the clones are called that is uncertain, possibly only for comical reasons as well as the Adios Amigos clones at the end. In Spanish slang, huevos refer to testicles, so it could be some form of reference to them as being badasses (hot temper and big... huevos).
Other than Frank Miller adapting this film, and the visual style used for both films, there are no connections.
To get the 12 rating, George Miller needed to make some modifications: three cuts were made plus one digital modification. This is also the version shown in movie theaters. The uncut version was released by Lionsgate on DVD and Blu-ray disc, is rated 15 and it's called "Extended Cut".