Common Recalls Being Deflated After Failed JUSTICE LEAGUE MORTAL Project

While writing a contributing article to another site, rapper turned actor Common recalled how heart broken he was that he didn't get an opportunity to portray Green Lantern John Stewart in the failed Justice League Mortal movie.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 11/16/2012

Justice League Mortal is that movie that we are all glad didn't happen, but are a little disappointed it didn't. The cast was set, they even had wardrobe fittings for the actors. Then the unthinkable happened, the writers decided to strike and it crippled production of the movie, and it ultimately led to its demise. Rapper turned actor Common was cast as Green Lantern John Stewart in the film. He wrote a short article in the Chicago Sun-Times where he talked about being crushed the film never saw the light of day. Here is an except from the article:

I remember a time I really struggled with showing gratitude. It was after I had been cast as the Green Lantern in the movie rendition of “Justice League.” (I know that sounds bad, but hold on, there’s more.) We were all set to go. We had even tried on our wardrobe. I was ready! I was imagining what this could not only mean for me but also for the kids who would see me as a bona fide superhero! Plus, my phone was already ringing off the hook with requests for meetings from big-time directors and producers. It was about to be on…

And then it happened — the writers’ strike. Everything was on hold and after the strike, executives pulled the plug on the production. I was deflated. What I thought was the biggest role in my life was gone — just like that. I moped around for a few days when finally my mom told me to “get over it” and go speak to an organization that helped kids with much bigger problems than mine. It was during my talk with those young people that I had to take stock in what I had and return to being thankful for everything.


Even though this particular Justice League film didn't get made, Warner Brothers is looking to catch up with Marvel and release a movie based on their most popular characters in 2015. No word on what direction they will be taking it character wise, but make sure you check back here at CBM for the latest.

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RR51 - 11/16/2012, 7:37 PM
RSDhillon - 11/16/2012, 7:38 PM
Jeez. He looks the part! At least, the animated version. Looks like he really wanted to be GL!
Sucks!
AEStark - 11/16/2012, 7:49 PM
Does no one have a picture of him in his GL uniform? That would be awesome!
AshleyWilliams - 11/16/2012, 7:49 PM
I'd be willing to give him a try as John Stewart.

Honestly it's not a hard part to play.
JDUKE25 - 11/16/2012, 7:54 PM
Meh.. I didn't care for the casting of that movie. Hammer was the only one that was ok, but even that....

Here's some manips I found online of him as GL.


RSDhillon - 11/16/2012, 8:10 PM
I read somewhere that Megan Gale wore what was to be her JL: Mortal Wonder Woman costume at a fashion show. Anyone got pictures of that?

Hell, I want pictures of ALL the would-be League!
Spideyguy94 - 11/16/2012, 8:10 PM
@JDUKE yeah i cant see a movie with a batman that is taller than superman
Grievo - 11/16/2012, 8:18 PM
He is a genuinely an uncharismatic, boring, terrible actor; glad he was pulled from the part.
Shadowelfz - 11/16/2012, 8:32 PM
Froggy- Yes! Ackles is the perfect actor to play Hal Jordan. Reynolds should have been Wally West.
batesmotel - 11/16/2012, 8:33 PM
That dude is a piece of shit actor and a piece of shit nursery rhymer or whatever he does.
jimpinto24 - 11/16/2012, 8:34 PM
He looks the part for John Stewart.
113 - 11/16/2012, 8:36 PM
He's a great emcee and he looks the part of John Stewart, but he's a terrible actor (remember Wanted?)
GetsugaTensho22 - 11/16/2012, 8:41 PM
I don't know much about his acting skills and yada yada yada.
But the character of John Stewart sucks. The closest Common came to be in character was when he moped around after the movie was shut down, that's all John seems to do.
Pokeysteve - 11/16/2012, 8:47 PM
Common and Gale were the ONLY good casting choices for that movie. So happy it failed.
KaneVonDoom - 11/16/2012, 8:48 PM
Common would be a good Luke Cage if he could bulk up a lot.
RobLiefeldFan - 11/16/2012, 8:56 PM
Hate Hal Jordan as a kid i always imagined Green Lantern as Jon Stewart i think that is why i cant get into the green lantern comics
RobLiefeldFan - 11/16/2012, 8:57 PM
also check out the latest issue of Deathstroke by my main man Robbie Liefeld it's awesome
staypuffed - 11/16/2012, 9:06 PM
We all want a good movie Green Lantern, whether or not Common could have pulled that off we will never know. I really hope Warner make a good Justice League film not just because Marvel made The Avengers ... put some actual effort into it.
DEATHbyEXILE - 11/16/2012, 9:15 PM


aquaman52 - 11/16/2012, 9:36 PM
Interesting...wish we could at least see some concept art from this movie or something. Some suits...?
XavierLehnsherr - 11/16/2012, 9:48 PM
Kyle Rayner, Jai West. John Jones. Diana Themyscira. John Blake. Clark Kent.

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Happy11 - 11/16/2012, 10:57 PM
I lost a few years in the 00s lol does anyone know the full lineup and the actors that were meant to play them. Thats what's wrong with the GL character everyone has a different favourite if this continues.to he the case he will never be successful on the big screen. The flash is in trouble of going the same way, even the animation gets Allen and West's personalitys mixed so you can't tell the characters apart.
odie00 - 11/17/2012, 12:27 AM
John Stewart was always my least favorite human Green Lantern out of Jordan, Rayner, and Gardner. But I still like him to a degree. I remember when it was announced that Common would be Stewart, glad that never came true. The guy is such a terrible actor. I can't think of ONE rapper that is a good actor other than Snoop Lion bwahahaha. But oh well we ended up getting shitty Ryan Reynolds for Hal, ugh.
Jaspion - 11/17/2012, 1:02 AM
Oh no.. please stop this John Blake bullshit, we want Bruce Wayne.
Tony93 - 11/17/2012, 1:18 AM
IDRIS ALBA!!!
Happy11 - 11/17/2012, 2:50 AM
@jaspion I agree
tonytony - 11/17/2012, 3:25 AM
im not a fan of common. I could see idris elba in the part. But common no f...ing way!
jazzman - 11/17/2012, 4:33 AM
@Froggy

Hal Jordan might be the greatest GL but he had a cr*p movie they should reboot/requel the GL movie and have John Stewart as the lead.

@odie00

WTF u talking about u cant name any rapper who aint a good actor. lets see Andre 3000, Mos Def, Queen Latifah, Will Smith.

Megahetz - 11/17/2012, 4:39 AM
We'll never know how his acting would have been. Common takes good direction. None of the actors or directors have anything negative to say about his work ethic. There are other choices for JS out there. Common was gaining popularity at the time was the reason for his casting.
sameoldthing - 11/17/2012, 5:35 AM
Common is good on Hell On Wheels tv show,a western on AMC.
He would be good as John Stewart in a JLA film or supporting character in GL film.
DukeAcureds - 11/17/2012, 6:14 AM
They all tried on the costumes? Biel as Wonder Woman, too? Awesome!! Where the hell is ths footage?! We need this to leak somehow! It's not like it's going to give anything away. The movie's dead!Le's se this shit! Come on, WB, don't be so mean!
jazzman - 11/17/2012, 6:15 AM
@Froggy

the difference is John became more popular on JL animated series. more people know John instead of Hal cause of JLA animated series
jazzman - 11/17/2012, 6:16 AM
@sameoldthing

havnt seen that show i heard its good
DarkGrifter - 11/17/2012, 6:30 AM
I recently heard that Justice League: Mortal would've been the most expensive movie ever made with a budget of well over $300 million.
jazzman - 11/17/2012, 7:00 AM
@Froggy

sorry but in this situation yeah. also i said they should do a requel mean its a reboot but it could be a sequel they can hint Hal in the movie but the lead is John.
Happy11 - 11/17/2012, 7:10 AM
I have been buying batman comics since I was 9 and I don't want hammy boy fricking playing him. I have always went with the previous choices even Clooney but no way. Also I would like an extra female in the lineup with Diana. Also aquaman is great character to have as well, if they go for cyborg I think he'll just be a version of ironman.
jazzman - 11/17/2012, 8:14 AM
@Happy11

i believe in the old script Hawkgirl was in the line-up in the JL movie
7frames - 11/17/2012, 10:58 AM
@froggy Best fan cast I've seen so far!
OptimisticPrime - 11/17/2012, 1:29 PM
You were willing to take part in a production that pushed Hal out of the way? You receive no sympathy from me.
jingorot - 11/17/2012, 5:32 PM
hal jordan is asscheeks.

kyle rayner any day.
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