It would seem there’s just as much interest in comic book movies that didn’t happen, as the ones that have. Last year the excellent “Jodorowsky’s Dune” dropped, this year we’ve already received “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” about Tim Burton‘s failed attempt to bring the Man Of Steel to the big screen, and now, perhaps the granddaddy of aborted superhero flicks is getting the documentary treatment.
Director Ryan Unicomb is putting together “Miller’s Justice League Mortal,” which as the title suggest, will profile George Miller‘s scrapped “Justice League Mortal.” On paper it was certainly promising, with the script bringing together the comic book storylines from “JLA: Tower of Babel,” “Superman: Sacrifice” and “Crisis on Infinite Earth” #8 with a cast that would’ve seen Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. But the budget soared over $200 million, the writer’s strike hit, necessary tax incentives didn’t materialize, and Warner Bros. eventually pulled the plug in the face of these obstacles.
The idea is to interview key cast and crew about “Justice League Mortal” and what could’ve been, but no one has approached Miller or his producing partner Doug Mitchell yet, and his involvement would sort’ve been necessary for this one to really be definitive. And this doc is still very much in early days with investors still being lined up and a crowdsourcing campaign being considered. So don’t get too excited just yet. But we always love a good story about the inside baseball of Hollywood blockbusters and this is a pretty tantalizing one, so let’s hope it all comes together. [Inside Film]