You may not realize this, but the guy who made all your favorite dark, edgy movies (Fight Club, Se7en, Alien3, The Game, Panic Room and Zodiac) has been dabbling in commercials for quite some time. 

It’s David Fincher, and in light of his brilliant new Nike commercial featuring Troy Polamalu and LaDainian Tomlinson (video below), we’ve decided to take a look back at some of Fincher’s great sports commercial work from the past.

1.) In 1993, Fincher put together this sports montage spot which features John Lennon’s music and the soon-to-be-international-superstar-Olympian Michael Johnson:

2.) In 2002 Fincher went across the aisle and directed this commercial for Nike’s biggest competitor, adidas, featuring a cool mechanical-legged basketball shoe test machine:

3.) Fincher is back to Nike in 2003 with these next two spots. The first of which is a CGI football spot with Michael Vick and Terrell Owens:

4.) His other 2003 Nike commercial called ‘The Speed Chain’ shows an amazing progression of speed:

5.) And finally Fincher’s most recent Nike spot called ‘Fate’ highlights the life stories of Troy Polamalu and LT as they are destined to collide at this one moment in time. I love the use of Ennio Morricone’s Ecstasy of Gold composition (from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly). So epic:

AdFreak: Nike sets a collision course for its NFL stars, October 14, 2008