Don't call 'The Spirit' a graphic novel or Mr. Samuel L. Jackson will have something to say about it.
"['The Spirit'] is a comic book," Jackson told MTV Splash Page in a recent interview. "You can call ‘The Dark Knight’ a comic book, but no, it’s a graphic novel. There’s a difference between a comic book and a graphic novel."
Of course, the biggest delineation between 'The Spirit' and other recent comic-base fare isn't the format of the source material, but the tone of the movie.
"‘The Spirit’ is funny. It’s tongue-in-cheek, wry humor," said Jackson. "It’s sort of Wile E. Coyote with real people. We hit each other with big things [and] we’re both kind of indestructible, so it’s funny in that way. We get shot up, we get stabbed up, we just don’t die."
Jackson also said his villain, The Octopus is as bad as The Joker from 'The Dark Knight', but perhaps not as successful.
"I keep making these things that don’t work," he laughed.
Fans interested in a humorous hero tale will catch 'The Spirit' in theaters on December 25th.