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What we said: The film, [based on a 66-page graphic novel and] set as an action comedy, departs from the graphic novel, which is much darker in nature. The decision appears designed to take advantage of Bruce Willis' deadpan delivery, sharpened in "Die Hard." Helen Mirren, with her "Masterpiece Theatre" demeanor, provides Willis with a refined counterpoint.
The transformation from literary noir to action comedy didn't tweak the novel's creators, Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, who appeared on the panel alongside Willis, Mirren and Karl Urban, who plays Willis' nemesis.