A photo of D.J. Cotrona suited up as Superman for Justice League Mortal emerges online. Director George Miller first attempted almost a decade ago what Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon did last year in assembling DC's finest heroes on the big screen. With a story adaptation of Mark Waid’s Tower of Babel and based on the Justice League: Unlimited animated series, the Australian filmmaker clearly had a more complex narrative than what fans got with Justice League.
Miller assembled a solid line-up of actors who would bring to life DC's superheroes joining the Man of Steel such as Armie Hammer (Batman), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Adam Brody (The Flash), Common (Green Lantern), Santiago Cabrera (Aquaman), and Hugh Keays-Byrne (Martian Manhunter). At that point in time, superhero ensemble films weren't the norm and comic book movies were just starting to receive recognition thanks to Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and Marvel Studios' Iron Man. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. pulled the plug on Justice League Mortal even before it started principal photography due to budget problems.
Last month, concept art for Justice League Mortal was released featuring the fake death of Batman, and now, a new character look, after Gale's Wonder Woman reveal, is making the rounds online. Courtesy of DC Films Hub comes an image of Cotrona sporting his Justice League Mortal Superman suit complete with the classic hair curl - although, it's odd that his hair partition seems like it's in the center than to the side. The ensemble is without the red underpants and boots even before DC Comics redesigned the superhero's look alongside the rollout of the New 52. Judging on the background, the snap was more likely taken during a screen test for the film.
Cotrona's Superman suit has an old school vibe to it, with a shade of blue similar to Christopher Reeve's (Superman) or Brandon Routh's (Superman Returns). The cape attachment on the shoulders looks bulky, with a lot of excess material hanging back so that it almost looks like it has a hood - reminiscent of Zachary Levi's current Shazam costume. However, since the photo only shows the actor's front profile, it's difficult to gauge if it has any practical use to it, or it's purely a design choice.
Considering Justice League Mortal's supposed darker take on the DC superheroes, it's interesting that Miller chose a very lively looking suit for Cotrona's Superman. Granted that it's uncertain if this would've been what made it on screen, the costume is certainly more vibrant than Henry Cavill's and it's a wonder if that's any indication of what Cotrona's version of Man of Steel would've been like. Then again, it also looks cheaper, more likely because of the material used. The current version of the garb appears more pristine and majestic due to the finer details in it and a toned-down hue.
Almost 10 years after its expected release, details regarding the canceled project start to emerge. With people involved starting to talk about the goings-on behind-the-scenes of the movie, coupled with the surfacing of visuals and concept art, it's curious if fans will ever get a clear picture of Miller's vision of Justice League Mortal. Perhaps a decade from now, people will also get the much-clamored for Snyder cut of Justice League.
Source: DC Films Hub
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