A decade ago, George Miller was working on and then ultimately had to abandon the DC superhero team-up film “Justice League Mortal”.
The project would’ve seen the likes of Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Common as Green Lantern, Adam Brody as The Flash, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, Jay Baruchel as the villain Maxwell Lord, and ‘Fury Road’ villain Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter.
Development and pre-production went well with the project getting as far as full costume fittings. Problems then began to arise including the crippling writer’s strike, changing currency values and the lack of a very necessary tax credit from the Australian government that was key to the project’s plan to film in Australia. Ultimately the film fell apart.
Baruchel has now shared some new details about what the project would’ve contained in a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast. He says:
“They had all the costume design. They had all of the pre-vis. They had all of the sort of production design figured out, and so they would take us and walk us through this command center where they had everything. The aesthetic choices that they were making and the story and character choices they were making are so ballsy, and we won’t ever see it… Imagine Miller doing [Zack] Snyder … it was very tableau … they were paintings. And what the characters were doing had such teeth to it.”
Baruchel goes on to discuss a scene in which his character Maxwell Lord brainwashes Clark Kent and uses him to take on other DC heroes, even as it causes Lord to bleed from multiple orifices from the effort:
“All of a sudden this guy’s got Superman as a weapon. I turn him into full red eye Superman, and then there’s this big ass fight between him and Wonder Woman, where he breaks her f–king wrists and s–t.
The first time you see Wonder Woman, the opening scene on Themyscira, it was just her. It’s her on top of a steed … and she stood about half a kilometer away from a Minotaur. The Minotaur has a battle-ax in his hand and she just rushes him.
All the Amazons are there cheering her on, and she just beheads him. Gets off her steed … holds up the Minotaur thing and doesn’t say a goddamned thing. It’s like, ‘That’s the Wonder Woman I want to see!’ It would have been special.”
We’ll see Zack Snyder’s interpretation of the characters when the current incarnation of “Justice League” hits cinemas November 17th.