If it wasn’t for the 2007-2008 writers strike (remember when Conan O’Brien was growing out his beard?This was why) and production costs rising, we would have gotten something that conceptually seems very different from Zack Snyder’s version of the DCU.
Justice League:Mortal would have been that film. It was announced in 2007 (and was due to release 2 years later) and was fully cast:
- Common as Green Lantern
- Adam Brody as Flash
- D.J. Cotrona as Superman
- Armie Hammer as Batman
- Megan Gale as Wonder Woman
- Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman
- Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter (aka Immortan Joe in MM:Fury Road)
- Jay Baruchel as the villainous Max Lord.(missed opportunity to bring back Christopher Walken as Max Shreck)
- (not pictured below)Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, Zoe Kazan and as Iris West.
Look at how happy they looked. They even took a group picture at the beach:
Alas,it was not meant to be. Although all is not lost. Similar to the treatment that the Tim Burton Superman movie got, JL:M will also (possibly) get a documentary. Australian Director Ryan Unicomb will be developing a documentary on the shelved film. A few pieces of concept art was released last week that shows off Aquaman’s costume design, Martian Manhunter’s head (unsure if it’s a prosthetic or a render) as well as some action shots of Wonder Woman:
Right away you can see the differences between this and the Justice League we’ll be seeing, with bright colors being one of them. The documentary is still in the very early stages, and Ryan Unicomb had this to say:
We wanted to get the story out there to help us to gauge interest. I have always been fascinated with project, which would be in the same vein as 2013’s Jodorowsky’s Dune and this year’s The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” Though the production has investors interested, it may also turn to crowdfunding. Whatever happens, let’s hope it doesn’t go the way of the film it’s based on.
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