One of the most anticipated movies of the moment is, of course, the long-rumored Justice League film that Warner Bros. will inevitably green-light following the likely box office dominion of the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film. And while the studio’s current efforts to build towards an ensemble superhero team-up film are almost wholly inspired by Marvel’s success with The Avengers, the WB was actually planning on a Justice League film immediately following the success of Batman Begins and the semi-success of Superman Returns.
Director George Miller was set to helm Justice League: Mortal, “centered around seven of the world’s most powerful heroes,” according to Superhero Movie News:
First there is Bruce Wayne aka Batman, who is basically the most vital part of the film/script as he is the reason the JL come together in the first place. Clark Kent who in reality is the Kryptonian named Kal-El also known as Superman, the Man of Steel, is the most powerful of the heroes. Along with him is King Arthur of Atlantis, known on the surface world as Aquaman, and no, he’s not at all lame here. Next is the central character of the film whose status as the “lead” is only rivaled by Batman, that is Barry Allen aka The Flash. Flash is the “newbie” to the metahuman community in the sense that he doesn’t know everybody yet, though everyone else knows each other. Moving on we have Princess Diana also known as Wonder Woman, not as kind and motherly as normal however as she acts much more like her New 52 counterpart. The Martian Manhunter aka J’onn J’onzz is a big part of the film as well as his “punishment” is probably the worst of all of the heroes, yet he is always the most levelheaded. Then finally, we have John Stewart aka Green Lantern, who actually seems really cool in this script and is written much like he was on Justice League/Justice League Unlimited.
Further, according to Collider, Armie Hammer was set to play Batman, D.J. Cotrona was Superman, Common was Green Lantern, and Adam Brody was The Flash. And while the script was written, sets and costumes were made, and production was set to launch, when Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the project. And now, you can read the script in its entirety.
We haven’t had a chance to give the script a look just yet, but The Playlist doesn’t exactly give it a thumbs up:
The script focuses on the seven superheroes’ relationship to an all-powerful satellite system that Batman rigged to spy on them, and jumps off from that into some social commentary mixed with your usual high-stakes action setpieces. It also poses an curious bizarro universe of the present superhero flick landscape—one in which Miller attempted the gargantuan task of a much-rushed, ensemble superhero experiment, and very likely could have temporarily killed adaptations in the same way that Batman and Robin did in 1997.
Did you read the script? What do you think?