In 2017, director Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Part One will finally hit theaters, and it’s expected to be a huge step for the new DC Cinematic Universe. However, the creative mind behind Mad Max: Fury Road, writer-director George Miller, wanted to create a different take on DC’s popular team of heroes back in the late 2000s. The movie, titled Justice League Mortal, was announced in 2007, the cast was ready, and the movie was planned for a 2009 release. Then, the project was abandoned.
Now, a documentary is being made about the superhero movie that never happened. Currently titled Miller’s Justice League Mortal, the documentary plans to take a look at the development of the film, what it could have been, and why it didn’t work out.
Director Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell are behind the documentary, and Unicomb says he’s “always been fascinated with the project.” Seeing as the comic book movie was in development while Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies were being made – Batman Begins opened in 2005 and The Dark Knight was in development and later released in 2008 – that would mean two versions of Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, would exist on the big screen at the same time. Apparently, Miller wasn’t fond of that. The writers strike posed additional problems for the movie, as did conflicts over the budget.
Several iconic characters were set to appear in Justice League Mortal. The movie would have starred Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale (who appears in Fury Road as the Valkyrie) as Wonder Woman, Common as Green Lantern (presumably John Stewart), and Adam Brody as the Flash. Also cast was Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Hugh Keays-Byrne (who played as the main villain in Mad Max and Mad Max: Fury Road) as Martian Manhunter, Zoe Kasan as Iris West Allen, and Teresa Palmer as Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, Talia al Ghul.
While that is a pretty big variety of characters who come from totally different locations, Miller’s work with the Mad Max franchise proves he has the potential to do an impressive job with all of the world-building, revealing it in a way that would make you want to see more instead of blatantly spelling things out for the viewer. It would be easy to bog down a Justice League movie with a bunch of exposition to explain each character’s origin and abilities, but Miller’s talent for showing, not telling, would have certainly made for an interesting experience. His desire for practical effects over CGI could prove difficult with such a variety of superhuman abilities, but his track record proves it would at least be shot well, and even if the story isn’t good or some of the performances aren’t all that great, at least the movie would probably be filled with a solid amount of creativity.
The team behind the documentary hasn’t approached Miller or producer Doug Mitchell yet. There’s no word on when the project could potentially be completed, either. According to the report, Unicomb does have private investors, but the possibility of him turning to crowd funding does exist as well.
What do you think about this, Screen Rant readers? Would you have preferred to see Miller’s project move forward? Are you interested in checking out the documentary? Let us know in the comments below!
Snyder’s Justice League: Part One is scheduled to open November 17, 2017. Part Two is slated to arrive June 14, 2019.