While we (im)patiently await the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters November 2017, let’s not forget that Warner Bros. attempted to bring DC’s premier superhero team to the silver screen in the past decade. Back in 2007, George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) was set to direct a film titled Justice League: Mortal and production went into full swing. Sets were constructed, the cast had costume fittings, and cameras were all but ready to role in Australia.
Then the writers’ strike happened.
Being one of the unfortunate casualties of the strike (or fortunate, depending on whom you may ask), we never saw Miller’s version of the Justice League in cinemas. Director Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell apparently feel a story is to be told about the cancelled film and they intend to get a documentary that chronicles the film’s development, preproduction and cancellation, and impact on the Australian film industry off the ground in the very near future. It seems a crowdfunding campaign is on the way to help finance the project.
“I have always been fascinated with project, which would be in the same vein as 2013’s Jodorowsky’s Dune and this year’s The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, about a Superman movie that Tim Burton was to direct in the 1990s,” said Unicomb.
Being a fan of “what if?” trivia when it comes to cinema, I am seriously looking forward to this documentary and hope that it sees the light of day. Let’s hope that they are able to show the world what the costumes would have looked like, which they are working hard to include.
Justice League: Mortal would have started DJ Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, and Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, among others.