Forget Superman vs. Batman. Imagine a DC Universe where the Man of Steel got into fisticuffs with a certain Amazonian warrior princess. Because that came close to happening on the big screen.
In an interview on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jay Baruchel offered up some fascinating tidbits about Justice League Mortal, George Miller's version of the DC Comics superhero collective that came thisclose to going into production in 2007 before Warner Bros. pulled the plug due to various issues, ranging from its mega budget to the ill-timed writers' strike that occurred that year.
According to the 35-year-old actor, that JL incarnation would've seen his devious businessman Maxwell Lord take over the mind of the D.J. Cotrona-cast Clark Kent. In the script, that was supposed to cause Lord's nose to bleed, that is, until Baruchel pitched Miller the idea of having his character bleed out of every orifice in his head because "it takes that much to get into the Kryptonian brain."
"All of a sudden this guy's got Superman as a weapon," Baruchel said. "I turn him into full red eye Superman, and then there's this big ass fight between him and (Megan Gale's) Wonder Woman, where he breaks her f--king wrists and s—t. And then I die halfway through the movie and my consciousness is uploaded into a f--king mainframe and I'm an evil computer."
The Tropic Thunder star also talked about the mindblowing intro Miller planned for Wonder Woman.
"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," he added. "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."
Baruchel noted that the famed Mad Max director was well into preproduction by the time he arrived in Sydney, Australia for rehearsals, having completed pre-viz and nailing the production design. Calling it a "heartbreaker" that Justice League Mortal was never made, he likened the helmer's "tableau" vision to Zack Snyder's artistry and Alejandro Jodorowsky's legendary unrealized Dune.