Fury Road Director George Miller Explains Why Justice League: Mortal Died
Now that Mad Max: Fury Road has exceeded all expectations—both commercially and in the awards race—people are more curious than ever about Justice League: Mortal, the superhero epic that director George Miller was forced to abandon nearly a decade ago. Like many other films form that era, this project was being rushed forward in the months leading up to the 2007 Writers Guild strike. As the film raced toward production, Miller cast his Batman (Armie Hammer), Green Lantern (Common), and Wonder Woman (Fury Road‘s Megan Gale), suggesting that the movie was close to becoming a reality.
Even at the time, Miller could feel that the project was being rushed. “We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people,” he told The Hollywood Reporter recently. “We cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government.”
Unfortunately for all involved, the Australian government got cold feet. “It was just too big a decision for them to make in the time,” said Miller. “And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.”
While Miller’s Justice League: Mortal is officially dead forever, this failed production will be immortalized in an upcoming documentary. Fans still hungry to see that superhero supergroup in action will get their wish when another large scale Justice League movie arrives in theatres on November 17th, 2017.