The Golden Fleece was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction.Oh, come on! Somebody had to say it.
The people making this film knew exactly what they were doing.
The film was a plot to scare people away from DC Comics forever.It appears to contain the worst proportion of silliness to Darker and Edgier possible.
The film was a Xanatos Gambit in order to get new blood into reading the original The Spirit comics.Those who went to the film would be so repulsed by how bad it is that they would go read the source material in order to see how badly the filmmakers fucked up, thus finding the books far superior by comparison. This would increase the fanbase and give writers an excuse to continue the comics well into the future. And if, by some miracle, people liked the film they would read the comics and the filmmakers make a profit. At the very least people would talk about how bad it is on places like This Very Wiki.
As with Speed Racer, critics panned this movie because...They were too arrogant to admit they loved every second of it. Conceding how awesome this movie is would destroy their precious little worlds.
Frank Miller really didn't like Will Eisner.And that is why he butchered Eisner's legacy so.
The Movie was made by The OctopusSeriously, it was a good way to discredit his archenemy
Frank Miller DID make this film as a parody of himself and his style.But couldn't market the film this way due to a lack of interest or contractual obligations. As an adaptation of The Spirit, it falls quite flat; as a scathing self-parody of Miller and his imitators, it's brilliantly funny.
The film was made for TV Tropes.It's the reason so many Tropes are thrown in for... no reason?