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:
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist