Today marks an interesting date – it was the release date that several years ago Warner Bros. Pictures had put aside for Zack Snyder’s “Justice League: Part II” film.
Of course, those plans went off the rails with only one “Justice League” film ultimately being made and then released to fairly dismal reviews and box-office. At present, their remains no plans for another “Justice League” in the near future and Warners has completely re-arranged their strategy with DC Films.
It’s not the first time Warners has changed up its DC films in the past with numerous scrapped films like “Superman: Flyby” and “Batman Triumphant” having fallen by the wayside over the years. The former of those had a script by J.J. Abrams and at one point Brendan Fraser was one of the candidates for the part.
Speaking with Yahoo this week, Fraser discussed his audition and the secrecy surrounding it: “The script was printed on crimson paper with black ink so it couldn’t be photocopied. I was allowed to sit in an office and read it for an hour. It was like a covert operation.”
Paul Walker, James Marsden, Ashton Kutcher and Matt Bomer were also all in contention for the role and many, including Fraser, reportedly tried on the suit. Of that experience, Fraser says: “You feel kind of invincible, [like] ‘I can fly’. “The cape actually makes you think you have the power of flight even though you know you don’t.”
The film’s director Brett Ratner was then replaced by McG, and then by Bryan Singer who ditched Abrams’ script and came up with “Superman Returns” starring Brandon Routh.