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George Miller talks about his Justice League movie that never was

February 4th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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It’s a good time to be a DC fan, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and a two-part Justice League movie coming in the next. That Justice League movie is to be directed by Zack Snyder, but once upon a time Mad Max: Fury Road’s George Miller was set to bring DC’s band of superheroes to the big screen with Justice League: Mortal back in 2009.

However, a writer’s strike, a rift between Miller and the studio and a myriad of other problems proved fatal for the film and it was forever lost, along with other failed superhero adventures like Tim Burton’s Superman or James Cameron’s Spider-Man (yep, they both nearly happened).

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via Squaereyed), Miller opened up about why the film failed: “I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming,” Miller explained.

“We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people. And 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.

“But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. 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.”

A documentary film about Justice League: Mortal is in the planning stages and, pending Warner Bros. approval, could come out later this year. If it does, it’ll be interesting to see what vision Miller had for the movie, eventually comparing it with Snyder’s style.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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