It appears Armie Hammer has few regrets that he didn’t get to play Batman in cancelled comic book movie Justice League: Mortal. Back in 2007, Warner Bros. put Justice League: Mortal into development, and hired Mad Max creator George Miller to direct. Despite all of the key roles being cast and a large amount of pre-production being completed, raising costs and the studio’s unhappiness with the script led to the project being canned shortly before filming.
Since then, various details about Justice League: Mortal have been revealed, with some fans feeling the movie was a missed opportunity. The film was always intended to be separate from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies, with Armie Hammer being cast as a younger version of Bruce Wayne/Batman. In addition to Hammer, Common was cast as Green Lantern, D.J. Cotrona as Superman and Anton Yelchin as The Flash.
In a new interview with Vulture, Hammer opened up on his feelings about the doomed project, and how he thinks he was simply too young to do the character justice.
For a long time, I was like, ‘How great that could have been!’ As a 31-year-old who’s been through a lot since I was 19, I wouldn’t want to watch a 19-year-old Batman. I’d be like, ‘Who’s this spoiled rich kid who wants to play dress-up?’
Despite his initial regret over Justice League: Mortal’s cancellation, he feels everything worked out for the best.
I used to be upset we didn’t get to do it, but everything happens exactly as it’s supposed to. I still have a lot of learning to do about this, and it’s a constant pursuit for me. If I had been that successful right out of the gate, I would have thought I already understood it all. I know that I wouldn’t have turned in a great performance, or even a good performance — it would have just been whatever. So I’m glad.”
Justice League: Mortal is definitely one of the most intriguing unmade comic book movies of all time. George Miller proved once again with Mad Max: Fury Road that he’s a master when it comes to action scenes and world-building, so it would have been great to see him tackle iconic characters like Batman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter.
Almost a decade later, the League has finally been united for Zack Snyder’s new movie. While the film is obviously a totally different vision from George Miller's, at least fans will finally get a chance to see the Justice League in action on the big screen.
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