There’s a lot of fascination surrounding feature films that never quite made it to production. Just today, we learned of Cary Fukunaga‘s departure from his planned adaptation of Stephen King‘s It. I’m certain much will be made of the circumstances surrounding that decision and the promise of what could have been. That promise is ever intriguing, and one of the most compelling cases in recent memory is George Miller‘s axed Justice League movie.
With superhero films reigning supreme in the entertainment industry and Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road dominating the cultural sphere after reaping commercial success and critical praise, curiosity about his abandoned Justice League film has reached a new peak. Australian director Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell, are set to indulge that curiosity with a documentary exploring the untold story of how Miler’s Justice League movie fell apart.
In an interview with Inside Film, Unicomb announced his documentary, working title Miller’s Justice League Mortal, which will chronicle the pre-production, development and cancellation of the film through interviews with cast and crew with never-before-seen access to artwork and costume design. Unicomb says he envisions the film “in the same vein as 2013’s Jodorowsky’s Dune and this year’s The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” No timeline is currently available, but independent financiers are in place and with tentative plans to turn to crowdfunding at some point.
Titled Justice League Mortal, Miller’s film had a fully fleshed out cast and was set for a 2009 release before Warner Bros. pulled the plug. The film was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as The Flash, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonderwoman, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul, Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord.
Last year, stuntman Greg Van Borssum revealed a photo with Miller and most of the assembled cast back in 2007.
It’s easy to see why Miller’s abandoned Justice League film is the source of such fascination. He’s a brilliant filmmaker, and it’s no stretch to imagine he could have turned out one of the most intelligent, well-crafted superhero films of all time. Of course, it’s easy to over romanticize projects that fell apart too, but I definitely can’t wait to get a glimpse at Miller’s DC universe that might have been.