Following in the wake of such films as “Jodorowsky’s Dune” and “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?,” a new feature-length documentary is in the works about “Justice League Mortal,” the DC Comics adaptation that “Mad Max: Fury Road” helmer George Miller was slated to direct before the project fell apart back in 2008.
Short film director Ryan Unicomb is teaming with producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell and Sydney-based writer/author Maria Lewis to develop the documentary which will reportedly be an unbiased account of the superhero ensemble project’s gestation, development and ultimate disintegration.
Currently going by the working title of “Miller’s Justice League Mortal,” Unicomb is said to already have private investors lined up though he may augment that however with a crowd-funding campaign. The plan is to interview some of the cast and crew who would have been a part of the film along with showcasing some never-before-seen artwork and costumes.
Announced in 2007, 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 proceeded well with the project getting as far as full costume fittings. Problems however began to arise, from the crippling writer’s strike in the United States, 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 was abandoned.
Speaking about the new doco, Lewis tells Dark Horizons:
“George Miller’s ill-fated Justice League is a film that has gained an almost cult like following among movie buffs and comic book diehards as the legend around the production has grown over the years.
There has always been an interest in this story and now seems like the best time to try and tell it from the perspective of people who tried to bring that fantastical vision to the big screen.
It’s a tale that’s driven by the fans and their love of this concept from DC Comics, so it’s a natural progression to get the fans involved in the documentary as well when we throw it out there as a Kickstarter in the next few weeks.”
In the wake of the rave reviews for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” there has been much interest in this project again, especially considering the mixed response to what’s been seen of the DC Cinematic Universe so far – namely “Man of Steel” and the first “Batman v Superman” trailer.