‘Mad Max’ Director’s Aborted ‘Justice League’ Film Will Get a Documentary

By May 26, 2015

The saga to get a Justice League film made goes further back than some people think, with director George Miller (Mad Max) tasked around 2007 with bringing the iconic DC Comics superhero team to life for the 2009 summer movie season. With a cast lined up to star the likes of D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, the film would’ve run concurrently with the Superman and Batman franchises of Bryan Singer and Christopher Nolan, respectively, taking place outside the established worlds of Superman Returns (which was assumed to be getting a sequel at that time) and Batman Begins. Other cast members included Common as John Stewart/Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Adam Brody as the Flash, Zoe Kasan as Iris Allen, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Jay Baruchel as the villainous Maxwell Lord.

The project eventually fell apart. It seems, though, that Jon Schnepp’s efforts to document the ill-fated Superman Lives could be sparking something of a trend, as The Hollywood Reporter details the intent of an Australian filmmaker to make a documentary about Miller’s Justice League film that never was.

Apparently spurred by the critical acclaim of Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, director Ryan Unicomb and his producing partners announced their project on Inside Film. Similarly to Schnepp’s efforts with his Superman Lives documentary, the project may turn to crowdfunding channels if it has difficulty securing enough funds to actually make their proposed film.

Justice League: Mortal came very close to going into active production, with costumes, sets, and other logistical elements worked out for the film to go into production in Australia. A combination of factors – from the WGA strike of 2007-2008, to tax breaks from the Australian government, and ultimately the desire for Warner Bros. to eventually unify their DC Comics-based franchises — ultimately led the film to be shelved, then canceled altogether. While not quite accumulating the cult following of Tim Burton’s aborted Superman project, this one is similarly mysterious, and is definitely a question mark on the superhero film genre. How would they have progressed if the Justice League ended up beating The Avengers, and even Iron Man 2, to the theaters? Maybe this documentary will attempt to explore that.

For more on this project as it develops further, keep it locked on GeekNation.

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.