November 20, 2009

10. The Spirit -- Top Flops of the Decade

Release date: Dec. 25, 2008
Estimated cost: $60 million
Domestic gross: $19.8 million

Frank Miller, the man who created the comics "300" and "Sin City," plus redefined Batman and Daredevil for the modern age, directed this adaptation of Will Eisner's comic-strip hero. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and a bevy of beauties, it may have looked good on the page. But onscreen, the heavily stylized, nearly-black-and-white results were disastrous. The expensive movie was killed by comic fans, who wanted Miller to go back to comics, and critics, who trashed the movie's over-the-top tones and aesthetics. Consequently, the partners at the company behind the production, Odd Lot Entertainment, parted ways after 23 years together. It even killed plans for a Miller-directed version of "Buck Rogers."

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Pluto Nash isn't THAT bad! Battlefield Earth was waaaay worse. How 'bout Batman & Robin!!?? Speed 2!!??
THOSE are the two worst movies I've ever seen!

those movies aren't from this decade... you dumbass.

I thought Batman and Robin (with Arnold Schwartzeneeger, and Goerge Clooney hit top spot, but I guess not.

I love Frank Miller, I think he's a great writer and a very talented artist. I agree about this movie, the style seemed too heavy and hard to appreciate Frank Miller's filmmaking.

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