Almost ten years ago now, Warner Bros. Pictures tried to bring the heroes of the DC Universe together on the big screen with George Miller’s “Justice League Mortal”.
That film would have featured the classic lineup of the league and progressed well into pre-production with casting in place and costume tests carried out. Then things fell apart due to financial issues, legislative changes and more – ultimately leading to the scrapping of the whole thing.
In a recent interview with THR, Miller spoke about how the project didn’t just fall apart quickly, it also was apparently pulled together in the first place rather quickly too. Asked about the projects that he’d been a part of that fell through, he said:
“‘Justice League’ was the main one. That was, oh, seven years ago, I think. And there was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.’ I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people.
And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time.
And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.”
The quote comes as production art created for the film has surfaced online and at last report a fan documentary is still in the works regarding what happened.