Before Batman v Superman, there was going to be Superman vs. Wonder Woman.
It’s a classic, bittersweet case of “what could’ve been.” George Miller‘s abandoned Justice League Mortal movie remains mostly a mystery to us, confined to the reaches of our imagination. But talking about the possibilities of never-made movies is always fascinating, and one of the the scrapped film’s cast members, Jay Baruchel (who was set to play villain Maxwell Lord), took a walk down memory lane to reveal some tantalizing details of the never-made film — including a brutal throwdown between two of the World’s Finest.
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Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
2017’s Justice League Part One will mark the first time the Justice League has officially assembled in a live-action feature film, but there were plenty of attempts to bring the superhero team to the big screen before that. One of the most famous is George Miller‘s Justice League Mortal, which had a cast in place before the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike derailed it altogether.
Since then, it’s become one of the great what-ifs of superhero movie fandom, alongside the likes of Tim Burton’s Superman Lives. But while we’ll never actually get to see the film that could’ve been, we have a tiny taste of it today. Photographer Mark Rogers has shared a couple of photos of Megan Gale in costume as Wonder Woman in Miller’s canceled film. See the Justice League Mortal Wonder Woman images after the jump. Read More »
Today I had an interview with D.J. Cotrona for the second season of El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Cotrona plays Seth Gecko of the infamous Gecko Brothers in the series, but if things had gone differently he might have inherited the mantle of one of the most popular comic book and screen characters several years ago.
In 2007/2008, Cotrona was slated to play Clark Kent and Superman in George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal. In addition to a DJ Cotrona Superman, the film would have featured Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord.
Ultimately, the film fell victim to the 2008 WGA strike. I asked him to share what he remembered of that film’s development and what it could have been, and Cotrona was happy to oblige. Read More »
Just this past week, we learned a documentary is in the works that will chronicle the abandoned attempt by director George Miller to adapt the DC Comics superhero team Justice League for the big screen. Now the team behind the documentary is getting some buzz started for the project by revealing art via Twitter.
What claims to be the official Twitter account for the documentary, tentatively titled Miller’s Justice League Mortal, has revealed three pieces of concept art created when the film was still developing several years ago. Two pieces feature Wonder Woman in action, while the other shows what Aquaman potentially could have looked like. Check out George Miller’s Justice League concept art after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Way back in 2007, George Miller was set to direct Justice League Mortal for Warner Bros. He got as far as casting, with Armie Hammer (Batman), D.J. Cotrona (Superman), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Adam Brody (The Flash), and Common (Green Lantern) set for the main roles, before things fell apart.
Warner Bros. now has other plans for Justice League, as we’ve extensively covered here. But with the recent success of Mad Max: Fury Road, people are wondering once again about the George Miller Justice League movie that never was. Now a new documentary will shed some light on the aborted project. Read More »
If true, thank booze. Cinema Blend says they received an email from a reader who spotted future Flash Adam Brody at a bar in British Columbia. What a tip, eh? There’s more though. Brody, who was allegedly boozing it up with director George Miller, went on to rundown the cast for the newly/oddly titled Justice League Mortal. All of the names for the superhero team were the same names being reported in the press, with one exception: the reader says Brody told her that Jumper‘s Hayden Christensen is now Superman. And then Brody apparently signed her napkin.
Bogus? Perhaps. Now, the role is rumored to be filled by relative unknown D.J. Corona, and prior to that, Scott Porter (Music and Lyrics) was also tipped. Maybe the Blend should request a photo of the napkin (“Dude, that’s Brody’s lightning bolt!”). As the site points out, is the JLM cast currently bar hopping up there for the helluva it? But Christensen would also make sense for the troubled Warner Bros. production, which is apparently scouting locations in Canada after being leaving Australia over a tax rebate disagreement. A more recognizable name would draw attention away from the damp buzz. More on this as it develops. And yeah, I agree, Christensen is not an ideal Supes.
Discuss: Have you ever run into Adam Brody at a bar? Hayden Christensen did a good nerd journo in Shattered Glass, but he also put many to sleep (permanently?) in those prequels. Thoughts? Is Justice League Mortal a silly title? Should they just go ahead and add Kombat? Have any of our Canadian readers seen Brody recently?
After countless delays (to some fanboys’ enjoyment), the Justice League of America 2009 tent pole from Australian director George Miller has hit another snag, a major one that has been months in the making. The production was just refused a tax rebate vital to filming down under by the Australian government. Miller is right angry…
“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australian film industry is being frittered away because of very lazy thinking,” Miller told The Sydney Morning Herald. “If that’s going to be the final decision, they’re throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that the rest of the world is competing for and, much more significantly, highly skilled creative jobs. …It feels to me like I’m not fighting for this film. I’m fighting for the Australian film industry.”
The tax rebate was turned down because the powers that be think the film will be seen as All-American and not Australian upon release. What does this mean for the D.C. Comics dream team currently starring Megan Gale, Adam Brody and other unproven, fresh faces? Over at Action-Figure.com, a writer speculates that the suits want to move the film to Canada now, and goes so far to say that sources have told him Miller, who was key to getting the rebate, may be replaced along with the entire generally C-list cast. Wishful thinking or is Warner Bros. simply over it?