A new documentary is being assembled by director Ray Unicomb about the cancelled Justice League film to be directed by Mad Max's George Miller. Unicomb wants to create something along the lines of Jodowrowsky’s Dune, a fantastic eulogy to the eccentric Chilean director’s passion project which included cast members like Orson Welles, Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger (you know you want to see that).
With Mad Max: Fury Road turning out to be one of the most stunning action movies of the last few years, a fresh spotlight has been shone on the work of director George Miller.
Back when Fury Road was but a glimmer in his eye, (and a 3500 panel storyboard on his walls), Miller's movie, titled Justice League Mortal, had assembled a cast and crew in Australia and was ready to begin filming when Warner Bros. pulled the plug at the last moment.
Warner’s isn’t new to taking a pessimistic stance with their superhero material. They pulled Superman Lives, Superman Reborn and Superman: Flyby. The story behind Tim Burton’s Superman movie that was set to star Nicolas Cage will also form the basis of the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
Frequent Miller stunt man Greg van Borssum shared images of the cast from back in 2007, which suggest that the likelihood of getting two DC universes at the same time was extremely high.
The film was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord and Immortan Joe himself, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter.
The film fell apart for a number of reasons. The Writer’s Strike of 2007-08 affected the quality of several films, resulting in numerous delays and a ballooning budget, as did the success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, following which Warner’s had no interest in another franchise with DC superheroes.
That being said, it is always interesting to imagine how different things could’ve been had a few random details worked out another way.You can check out van Borssum’s images below, and feel free to add costumes to the cast.
And in case you were wondering, here's Nicolas Cage as Superman,