Regular loggers-on to the world of internet cinemaism will recall a couple of years ago that George ‘Babe’ Miller was all set to go on a big-budget superhero tag-team film for Warners titled “Justice League : Mortal” – which would’ve, of course, teamed cross-continental characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Green Lantern – until the powers-that-be decided the project was too expensive to push forward with.
The production was to commence early 2008 at Fox Studios in Sydney, with cast members including Adam Brody (“Cop Out”), Common (“Smokin’ Aces”) and D.J Cotrona (“Windfall”) fitted and standing-by for the shoot. Then rumours surfaced that the film was in trouble and before too long, both Miller and the studio would confirm that the “Justice League” had indeed been abandoned.
“Sorcerer’s Apprentice” star Jay Baruchel was set to play the villain, Max Lord, in in the film (His “Sorcerer’s” co-star Teresa Palmer had also been cast) and today told Digital Spy that had the film gone ahead, it would’ve blown “Superman Returns” and “The Dark Knight” out of the water! (Sounds like someone’s been on the water!).
“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”, Baruchel said. “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 fucking epic.”
Warner Bros nixed the project once the budget spiraled to $300 million claiming, and they’re likely right, that that’s way too much money to spend on a project that featured such marquee unfriendly names as D.J Cotrona (As Superman), Armie Hammer (as Batman), Hugh Keays-Byrne (as Martian Manhunter) and model Megan Gale (as Wonder Woman).
There have been hints that the film may be simmering again – but that big announcement at Comic-Con that many predicted WB might make about the film didn’t happen.
Gale told Moviehole a couple of months ago that she strongly doubts that George Miller would be involved if it did get up again.
“If it is indeed back on, it’d be interesting to know who’s directing it – because George Miller [who was originally attached to direct the film before it fell apart] is going to be busy with the new Mad Max film for the next couple of years”, Gale, out stumping her new film, “I Love You Too”, said yesterday.
“If it is indeed back on, it’d be interesting to know who’s directing it – because George Miller [who was originally attached to direct the film before it fell apart] is going to be busy with the new Mad Max film for the next couple of years”.