George Miller’s aborted Justice League: Mortal flick that fell apart in the mid-to-late 2000s was already a fascinating prospect, but in the wake of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re downright fascinated by what could’ve been.
The team at /Film caught up with would-be star D.J. Cotrona to talk about the project, which bit the bullet amid delays and the writers’ strike. Cotrona was set to play Superman, alongside Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord.
We’ve heard bits and pieces about the project over the years, and now Cotrona has opened up with some fresh details about the scope Miller was aiming for with the DC team-up:
“The best way I can describe it is: George Miller’s mind is so operatic and big and expansive, it’s a shame that the world didn’t get to see what he would do with superheroes. It was allegorical, like a story of Greek Gods almost. He was doing things with the Superman character and Batman character, and all the iconic favorites, that’s never been done before. Watch Fury Road and you can only imagine what he would do with those iconic characters.
It was a giant tentpole superhero movie before that really became the norm. I think at the time, it had been a while since George had a movie out and the fan base for those types of properties hadn’t really seen the types of films George makes recently, so there was a lot of questions. Ultimately it was a two year process. There was a strike and there were some financing issues. It ultimately fell apart.”
Had the film actually happened, it would’ve been a superhero epic of Avengers-level proportions hitting just as the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in its infancy. It could’ve been a game-changer for DC. But, at the time, Miller was coming off Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet — with his epic Mad Max glory days decades in the rearview mirror.
Having seen just how much skill and talent in Fury Road that Miller still has oozing from every pore, we can’t help but wonder what the heck he might’ve actually done with all of DC’s canon at his fingertips.
What do you think? Do you wish we could’ve gotten a look at this one?
Check out some concept art from the aborted film below: