George Miller has circled the DC movie world long before there was a DC movie world. Once upon a time, Miller – the acclaimed auteur behind 2015’s surprise Oscar frontrunner Mad Max: Fury Road – was attached to helm Justice League Mortal.
The Australian was deep into developing the ambitious project for Warner Bros when it was scrapped in 2008. Since then, DC fans have held on to a glimmer of hope that he would one day return.
Speculation has centred more on the possibility of Miller directing Man of Steel 2 – which WB are actively pursuing now for a 2018/19 release date – but John Schnepp, speaking on Collider Heroes, claims that he is circling a different project: New Gods.
Schnepp, who acquired a number of key contacts in the movie industry from making his acclaimed documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? claimed that a little birdy told him that Miller is in the frame to direct New Gods for Warner Bros., even though the film has not been formally announced yet.
Discussing Man of Steel 2 on Collider Heroes, Schnepp said: “A year ago we heard George Miller was in the frame to direct Man of Steel 2. I still think that’s a possibility but a little birdy told me he’s possibly going to be doing the New Gods, even though that’s not even announced yet. I don’t know where it’s coming from – if my birdy is insane – who knows, maybe it came from a Mother Box and it’s just in another world now.”
After the glorious critical and commercial success of Fury Road, Miller is set to begin production on its sequel, Wasteland. After that, the 71-year-old is fair game. It remains to be seen if he would be open to launching himself into a massive studio superhero tent-pole, especially considering he has spoken of a desire to make more ‘quieter’ films in the future, but it’s clear he’s being talked about as a potential candidate for a future DC Extended Universe project.