See Brad Bird’s Early Attempt to Make a Movie of The Spirit


From the Iron Giant‘s Superman references to the entirety of The Incredibles, Brad Bird has always shown a love for comic-book heroes…and at one point, he could have ended up making one. In 1980, in fact, he even made a pencil-test trailer for what he proposed – a full-length animated film based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit.

In the years since, he’s given up hope of it being funded in a movie climate that no longer welcomes hand-drawn features. So if it doesn’t break your heart to see what might have been, take a look…

Still not heartbroken? Then I’ll remind you that instead of what you just saw, Hollywood decided that what we should get was this:

via Cartoon Brew