With the most anticipated Justice League finally in the theatres, yet, not living up to the hype for most fans and critics alike, a lot of fans have been speculating about the canceled ‘Justice League Mortal’. First announced in 2007, Justice League Mortal was set to be directed by Mad Max: Fury Road’s director George Miller. But due to the writers’ strike and other internal conflicts, production was delayed to 2009. Finally, the entire project was scrapped, paving way for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which was the stepping stone to the current DC Extended Universe.
The underwhelming performance of the Justice League, both critically and at the box office has led to a spike in interest for the canceled Justice League Mortal. Thankfully, Armie Hammer, who was supposed to play the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the scrapped project, has shed some light on the matter. In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast, Hammer has revealed a very interesting piece of news which is bound to make hardcore DC fans weak in their knees. In the movie, Megan Gale was supposed to play Wonder Woman and her entrance was nothing short of jaw-dropping. With a brutal entrance by severing the head of a Minotaur, she could have easily given Gal Gadot a fierce competition.
But, Hammer has something more in his closet. Yes, the fight between two gods. Considering George Miller’s attention to detail, the fight between Wonder Woman (Megan Gale) and Superman (DJ Cotrona) could have paved a completely new path for ultra-realistic superhero battles.
“Superman and Wonder Woman have or had the most brutal fight with each other that you have ever seen,” Hammer said. “And I mean it would be like when two superheroes actually fight. Like, they destroy multiple cities like by accident ’cause they’re just like, they don’t even see anything else other than like trying to destroy the other person in front of them and it was incredible. At one point they destroy an aircraft carrier by accident and then also the death count was going to be extremely high.”
A scenario of an ultra-realistic fight between the two strongest characters from the DC Universe sounds very tempting, considering the fact that the current Justice League was cut short by Warner Bros which in turn led to minimal fight scenes between a temporarily hazed Man of Steel and the rest of the Justice League. A movie which could have been totally different from its current edition is definitely worth a discussion.
Justice League Mortal had also roped in Jay Baruchel for the role of supervillain Maxwell Lord. In the movie, Baruchel’s Lord resembled Julian Moore’s character from the Kingsman: The Golden Circle. But instead of drugs, Maxwell Lord had an evil plan to lace all the addictive junk food with nanobots to create his own army of cyborgs.
“Then at one point like he pushes a button that’s like activate and these nanobots literally like kill almost every person that has eaten his food and turn them into these like cyborgs,” Hammer said. “Then all of a sudden you have to fight these nanobot humans who are now programmed to be like ‘kill all these guys.’
With Snyder/Whedon’s Justice League failing to live up to the expectations of many and also underperforming at the box-office, it’s tempting to take a peek at the canceled Justice League Mortal (only if we were the Flash). The grand battle between the last Kryptonian and the Princess from Themysicira could have redefined superhero movies as we currently know. But, the only silver lining which came out from abandoning the project is probably the fact that there could have been two Batman(s) existing simultaneously.
As the project was pitched in 2007 and was delayed to 2009, Christopher Nolan’s universally acclaimed The Dark Knight could have competed with Justice League Mortal, which would have been catastrophic for Warner Bros, considering the massive production and distribution costs of the two movies.
Another interesting rumor regarding Armie Hammer might just soothe your nerves if you wanted to see him as The Dark Knight. According to the popular rumors, Armie Hammer might play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!