Justice League: Mortal was able to change the DC Universe but it was canceled, why?

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Justice League: Mortal was able to change the DC Universe but it was canceled, why?

George Miller and the Justice League That Never Was

In the history of cinema there are not only movies of the heap, great successes and the odd sounded failure in tanquilla, there are also many projects that for one reason or another never see the light of day.

Of many of them normally we do not even find out, they are kept in the drawers of the directors of many studios. However, there are times when we are lucky enough to hear stories that tell us what could have been if the right circumstances had occurred. One example of this is Justice League: Deadly.

At this point and if you like the superhero genre, surely you know the Zack Snyder movie or, rather, Josh Wheedon’s, who was the one who really finished the montage, The Justice League.

What’s more, surely you also know the Snyder’s Cut, the version that this time he was able to carry out with his particular vision darker than the original, with the odd character and with stories that go deeper is each of the characters to explain a little more detail his motivations.

Well then, Justice League: Deadly It could be another movie much earlier than the one we ended up seeing and it was going to be directed by another director: George miller.

The Origin of Justice League: Deadly

In 2007 Warner was very convinced of the success that a film would have with several of the DC superheroes together in the same story. And in part, although it was also something that could be missed at the time, it was due to the success that films such as Batman Begins of Nolan and with Christian Bale as the bat man or Superman returns they had achieved.

Hence, the studios gave the green light for him to be George Miller (a director you will know from films like Mad Max: Fury Road) who was in charge of directing the project and even taking charge of hiring the actors with whom the idea to start was the one that Marvel would then masterfully carry out

That is to say, Warner I wanted to make a first film that would serve as a cover letter and then bring different sequels to the big screen in which each of these heroes grew up. Basically what Iron Man started in 2008 and that today we know as the UCM and of which we are eager for the new phase to begin after that epic Avengers: Endgame.

The other faces of the Justice League

As we said, Justice League: Deadly George Miller’s was going to have other actors giving life to the roles of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman or The Flash and Green Lantern would be incorporated instead of Cyborg.

These actors, that at that time were not very well known, it was expected that they would grow as the DC film universe expanded. And if you’re curious, these were the respective roles that each of them was going to play:

  • Armie Hammer as Batman
  • Adam Brody as Flash
  • DJ Cotrona as Superman
  • Megan Gale as Wonder Woman
  • Common Sense as Green Lantern
  • Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman

The cast at that time was made up of actors who were not so well known, but years later they participated in other films that did make them much more popular.

Why was it canceled

The big question is: if Warner was so interested and convinced of the project, if Miller could hire the actors he wanted, if even the story was practically already, Why did it end up being canceled? Well, because sometimes these things happen and you not only need to have a good idea, you also need to find yourself at the right time and it seems that here Miller was not.

At the end of 2007 there was a major writers strike in Hollywood which caused many productions to be halted. The thinking minds of all those stories that we are so passionate about blocked an industry for months and that caused the project to begin to be delayed and it was not resumed until February 2008.

At that moment everything seemed to move forward and that those problems had more or less been left behind, but it was not like that. The Justice League: Mortal was to be recorded in almost its entirety at Fox’s studios in Sydney (Australia). There the government of the country was going to apply a significant tax cut to Warner (40%)But despite the local hires and other moves Miller and Warner made it didn’t happen.

The lack of tax discounts from the Australian government ended up suffocating the project that had an initial budget of 220 million and that ended up shooting out of control when the production was transferred to Vancouver, Canada. This, added to having to balance the agendas of the actors who had already accepted other projects because this one had not just started, meant too much.

For all that is why the study decided to cut its losses and take other avenues to bring DC’s cinematic universe to life years later. So DC fans were the ones who were left with the question of what could have come out of that canceled project. Miller later proved with Mad Max: Fury Road that he could have been a great director for the film.

However, neither the current film should be thrown to the ground, nor the actors who give life to these DC characters. What’s more, nowadays nobody is considering another Superman, not Aquaman, much less Wonder Woman.

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