As we look forward to the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s also a great time to look back, at the Justice League that might have been, George Miller’s ill-fated Justice League Mortal.
Warner Bros. commissioned a script for a Justice League movie way back in 2007 with Kieran and Michele Mulroney taking on writing duties and Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller attached to direct. Actors were cast for all the major roles, including
- Armie Hammer as Batman
- Megan Gale as Wonder Woman
- D.J. Cotrona as Superman
- Adam Brody as The Flash
- Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter
- Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul
- Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen
- Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman
- Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord
- Common as Green Lantern
- Anton Yelchin as The Kid Flash
Production was rushed in an effort to avoid the looming 2007-2008 writers’ strike, but Warner Bros. was not happy with the script and rewrites were requested and put on hold while the strike took place.
Miller had set up production in his native Australia and was scouting locations. The writer’s strike ended and work on the script continued, but Warner Bros. got cold feet about filming in Australia and overrode Miller to move the production to Canada, wasting millions of dollars and annoying their award-winning director.
A second draft of the script was submitted and the title Justice League Mortal was announced. Warner Bros. was still pushing hard for a 2009 release which would have made for an incredibly rushed production, but Miller was unhappy, the script was still problematic and there were signs that a Screen Actors Guild strike was on the horizon, which would completely derail production yet again.
With reluctance, Warner Bros. let the options lapse on all the actors, Miller walked away and the project was put on “indefinite hold.” Nothing more was ever heard about it…
…until this week. Australian photographer Mark Rogers released a few test shots of Megan Gale in full Wonder Woman regalia he was commissioned to take way back when the costume was finalized and Megan Gale was still attached to the project.
Gale (and the costume) look amazing, and we will always be left to wonder what a Wonder Woman directed by the man who gave us Imperator Furiosa would have been like.