As legend has it, Warner Bros. had a Justice League movie in development as far back as 2009. Titled Justice League Mortal, it would have been written and directed by Mad Max’s George Miller and star The Lone Ranger’s Armie Hammer as Batman. The film never happened actually got made, due to script issues and raising costs — and according to Hammer, that’s for the best.
Speaking with Vulture, Hammer discussed the scrapped movie, expressing relief that he never donned the cape and cowl. “For a long time, I was like, ‘How great that could have been!’ As a 31-year-old who’s been through a lot since I was 19, I wouldn’t want to watch a 19-year-old Batman,” Hammer said. “I’d be like, ‘Who’s this spoiled rich kid who wants to play dress-up?’”
Hammer added, “I used to be upset we didn’t get to do it, but everything happens exactly as it’s supposed to. I still have a lot of learning to do about this, and it’s a constant pursuit for me. If I had been that successful right out of the gate, I would have thought I already understood it all. I know that I wouldn’t have turned in a great performance, or even a good performance — it would have just been whatever. So I’m glad.”
In related Justice League Mortal news, it came out this week that the game would’ve had a video game tie-in, heavily inspired in tone by the DCAU series Justice League Unlimited. It would’ve even gotten a script from late Justice League Unlimited producer and comics scribe Dwayne McDuffie. The game would see the Justice League — comprised of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash — united against several supervillains. By the end of the game, they learn that all their fights were orchestrated by the cosmic villain Mongul, and thus battle the antagonist across a version of War World being pulled into the Phantom Zone.
Of course, with the cancellation of Justice League Mortal, the video game would be put on hold indefinitely, as well.
The Justice League movie that actually got made hits theaters on Nov. 17 and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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