Marvel is all set to do it with The Avengers, but Warner Brothers and DC Comics just couldn't get a superhero team-up off the ground. They did try - very hard as a matter of fact, with Mad Max director George Miller set to helm the film in Australia. However, Warner Brothers decided to pull the plug on Justice League when the budget of the film spiraled to $300 million.
Sorcerer's Apprentice star Jay Baruchel was set to play the villain of the piece; while out promoting Apprentice, the young actor talked to Digital Spy about what the superhero team-up might have been.
The young canadian actor still seems very enthusiastic about the project, stating that it would have been unlike any other superhero featuring DC greats Batman and Superman. Baruchel said:
"I'll just say this, if we had been able to make the movie that we had gone down [to Australia] to rehearse, if you had seen the production art I'd seen... it would've been the coolest thing ever. It would have been the neatest vision of Batman and the coolest vision of Superman you've ever seen. It would have been dark and fairly brutal and quite gory and just f**king epic."
When the film was in pre-production there were a lot of comments on the casting of the members of the Justice League, some of these comments were less than complimentary - and this seems to have annoyed Baruchel:
"It's weird talking about it because the blogosphere was not very kind to us - they're looking for anything to s**t on! The two of us (Baruchel & Teresa Palmer) were going to do that, it sounds really strange out of context, had you read the script it would have made perfect sense."
In my opinion, I feel that fans were negative because the film would have broken with continuity of the current Batman and (then) Superman franchises, coupled with the fact that all the actors cast in the principal roles were just too young! If Christian Bale and Brandon Routh were cast in the film then it would have been a different matter.
Digital Spy also quizzed Baruchel on what elements of the production he got to see, again he was, very enthuastic:
Did you get as far as seeing the Justice League heroes in costume?
"I did. My friends, who were training to be Batman and Superman, they were down there for three months training and going to Weta in New Zealand to get their costumes. Weta, which is arguably the greatest special effects house on Earth, they had to cancel everything else. They were doing nothing but our movie. It was going to be f**king dope!"
He went on to elaborate:
"They had everything there; maquettes, pre-visualisation, absolutely everything and we had assembled this neat cast. The rehearsal process was so strange and so unconventional and, I know it sounds hard to believe, but I assure you it would have been something f**king awesome!"
"The problem was that, had it gone to production, it would have been the single most expensive movie in the history of movies. Sometimes people are reticent to spend upwards of $300 million. It was a fun two weeks in Sydney and I got to hang out with one of my idols, George Miller."
Would Justice League have been as "dope" as Baruchel would have us believe? Maybe, maybe not. It's hard to say and truly we will never know. Miller is now busy making two new Mad Max films, and its very unlikely that he'll return to helm Justice League in the future.
Source: Digital Spy