Once upon a time, in a decade not too long ago (the summer of 2007), a Justice League script written by Michele and Kieran Mulroney landed on the desks of Warner Bros bosses. This resulted in the studio hiring George Miller (creator of the Mad Max series) to make it into a reality for a summer 2009 release. However, Justice League: Mortal – which was set to shoot in Australia – was littered with behind-the-scenes issues that led to the movie’s demise.
The movie was set to feature Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as Flash (Barry Allen), D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Martian Manhunter, Anton Yelchin as Wally West, Zoe Kazan as Iris West, Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Alfred Pennyworth.
Adapted from the comic book miniseries Infinite Crisis and Crisis on Infinite Earths, audience members would have seen Barry Allen’s death as Wally West took on his mentor’s identity.
Over eight years later, this tale is planned to be told in the entitled Miller’s Justice League: Mortal, a documentary examining the failed movie and what lead to its ultimate demise. It will focus on the infamous writer’s strike that forced Hollywood to shut down and the financial impact that the movie’s cancellation had on the planned Australian shooting location.
Director Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell are working with film writer/author Maria Lewis, who will interview cast and crew members who were once attached to the project.
Even though the team behind the documentary hasn’t approached director George Miller or producer Doug Mitchell yet, Unicomb does have private investors and there’s always the possibility of him turning to crowd funding to get this made.
Unicomb explains the reason for making the documentary:
We wanted to get the story out there to help us to gauge interest… I have always been fascinated with the project, which would be in the same vein as 2013’s Jodorowsky’s Dune and this year’s The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, about a Superman movie that Tim Burton was to direct in the 1990s.
To further garner interest, concept art from the movie was released which is available in the gallery below along with photos of the would-be cast.