Fans can finally get a look at actor D.J. Cotrona in the Superman costume from director George Miller's canceled Justice League: Mortal.
Long before Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon brought Justice League to theaters, the Mad Max director had planned on uniting DC's biggest heroes in his ambitious film. However, Warner Bros. shelved the project on the eve of production in January 2008, amid a writers strike, concerns about Australian tax incentives and the possibility of an actors strike. Pieces of concept art have surfaced in the years since, but apart from a single blurry image, there has never been a clear look at Cotrona in costume -- until now.
DC Films Hub has dug up what Superman would've looked like before Snyder and Henry Cavill rebooted the franchise in 2013 with Man of Steel. Sporting the classic comic book spit curl, the image shows the outfit in royal blue with red stitching. It's definitely a retro-looking design that channels the Christopher Reeve era, but also includes a modern twist that was seen in 2017's Justice League. If Miller had brought Justice League: Mortal to life, Superman would've ditched his iconic red shorts and boots for an updated look ahead of DC's 2011 New 52 relaunch.
Now known for his role in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Cotrona would've been joined by the likes of Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter and Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman.
With influences from both the JLA: Tower of Babel comic book arc and the Justice League animated series, Justice League: Mortal promised to be faithful to the source material. As the photo of Cotrona shows, costumes were already created, and the stage was set to bring together DC's premier heroes together when Warner Bros. pulled the plug on production.
There have already been teases of some of the movie's biggest scenes and a look at Gale as Diana Prince, but it's significant to to see Cotrona's costume after taking over from Brandon Routh, who starred in 2006's Superman Returns. Cotrona and the rest of the cast long ago moved on to other projects, meaning that Justice League: Mortal is left as an interesting dinner party conversation and a forgotten memory of what could've been.