With the sequel to his CGI dancing penguin movie coming out Nov. 18, director George Miller spoke briefly to SuperHeroHype about what happened to his ill-fated Justice League feature from a few years back.
“Common and I were going to work on a Justice League movie together,” Miller said. “He was cast as Green Lantern and it was almost greenlit when it fell away. I fell in love with the guy and I called him up and said, ‘You can’t play the Green Lantern, but how about playing a penguin?'”
With Adam Brody (The Flash), Armie Hammer (Batman), D.J. Cotrona (Superman) and Megan Gale (Wonder Woman) rounding out the central cast, the movie to start shooting in February 2008 in Australia. However, Miller says several elements contributed to the film’s dissolution a month before production was to begin. “It was the middle of a writers strike,” he said. “There was Australian rebate legislation that was required to get the film going. It was just a whole complex series of events. It was no one particular’s fault that it didn’t happen.”
With The Avengers in the works right now, it’s fun to think about what could have been with Miller’s reportedly motion-capture Justice League feature. It also would’ve been fun to see whether the Mad Max director still had the action-movie chops.