Once upon a time, Mad Max director George Miller was set to direct Justice League: Mortal, a standalone live-action movie that would have featured the original, pre-New 52 version of the team (complete with Green Lantern). And then a major writer’s strike happened, and sadly, nothing came of the film — the idea of which wouldn’t be revisited until years later as DC stepped into developing a shared universe of films following the completion of the Dark Knight trilogy.
Miller’s Justice League Mortal originally was to include a cast made up of Armie Hammer as Batman, D. J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as the Flash, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, and Common as Green Lantern, for a massive budget of $220M. Now, an image showing what this cast might have looked like if the project had even been completed can be seen below:
While we’ll never get to see what the George Miller movie would have looked like (unless we get the script in animated form — seriously, DC, make the script into one of your animated flicks!), plenty of information about the unmade film exists online. For his effort in working on the project, however, Miller ultimately got an executive producer’s credit on Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The leaked image, released through Collider, can be seen in the video below:
Justice League is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Streaming formats. The film is made up of an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen.
10 DC Storylines We Want To See Adapted In The DC Extended Universe
The DC Extended Universe has drawn inspiration from plenty of iconic storylines from DC Comics. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice drew inspiration from both The Dark Knight Returns and Death of Superman, while Suicide Squad adapted the popular lineup from the New 52 launch and the stage is set for Flashpoint.
DC Comics is filled with great iconic storylines that could inspire a film slate for decades and still barely scratch the surface of the rich mythology. DC would be wise to not make a straight adaptation of any of these classic storylines, but draw inspiration from them. They can still remain true to the original intent of the work without being a straight adaptation. If you need proof take a look at how Captain America: Civil War pretty much only uses the broad concept of a superhero registration but creates essentially an original storyline that makes sense within that universe based off the comic. Or how Batman Begins draws elements from The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One and Batman: The Long Halloween without making a page to page adaptation.
The storylines chosen are not just because of how great they were as original comics (which they were) but also the storytelling possibilities they open up. Basically how different they would be from other superhero projects or just ways they could grow the universe.
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