George Miller Shares His Thoughts On Cancelled Justice League Film!

George Miller Shares His Thoughts On Cancelled <i>Justice League</i> Film!

Director George Miller, who was once attached to helm a Justice League adaptation that was supposed to be motion-capture, starring Common and Armie Hammer, briefly talks about what went wrong and more...

While talking to Coming Soon about his upcoming animated film Happy Feet Two, director George Miller was asked about cancelled motion-capture Justice League project, that almost got made back in 2007. More below...

""You know, John Lennon said, 'Life is what happens when you're making other plans'", Miller said. "Films keep on coming out of my head and I never know what film I'm going to make next. Common and I were going to work on a 'Justice League' movie together. He was cast as Green Lantern and it was almost greenlit when it fell away. I fell in love with the guy and I called him up and said, 'You can't play the Green Lantern, but how about playing a penguin?' That was a whole bunch of complex events. It was the middle of a writers strike. There was Australian rebate legislation that was required to get the film going. It was just a whole complex series of events. It was no one particular's fault that it didn't happen."

Along Common as Green Lantern, D.J. Cotrona was supposed to play Superman, Megan Gale was cast as Wonder Woman, Armie Hammer as Batman and Adam Brody as the Flash. Budget was around $220 million before everything was cancelled. So, would you like to see a motion-capture Justice League film in the future?

You can also check out what Miller said about Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy by clicking HERE.

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soberchimera - 11/7/2011, 4:01 PM
freakybatman - 11/7/2011, 4:01 PM
I'm happy the movie fell through, make DC do it right, not just force a JLA movie out
soberchimera - 11/7/2011, 4:02 PM
I don't know why I put that up there I'm just a big fan of The Road Warrior.
Tainted87 - 11/7/2011, 4:03 PM
Imagine if this had kicked off. The reversal of Marvel's Avengers...
But I'd be pissed that they left Martian Manhunter out of it. MoCap doesn't sound that bad really, it's definitely the route that Transformers should take. People might be a little stung that this would be targeting younger audiences, but (as Arrow and Canary love to say in Indentity Crisis) YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND that the target audience is who DC is appealing to, especially if it'll promote more readers.
cologne - 11/7/2011, 4:03 PM
220 millions? for a motion capture film?
soberchimera - 11/7/2011, 4:05 PM
Common would have been a shitty John Stewart, the guy is a mediocre actor. And I'm really glad that douchebag from The OC didn't get to play The Flash.
95 - 11/7/2011, 4:12 PM

Same here.

Motion Capture with Robert Zemeckis FTW!
Hellsing - 11/7/2011, 4:14 PM
wait what it was meant to be mo-cap this is the first I've ever heard of it.
ThreeBigTacos - 11/7/2011, 4:17 PM
boy am I glad Avengers isn't half-assing itself :D
spiderneil - 11/7/2011, 4:17 PM
since when was it mo-cap? that's news to me
SimyJo - 11/7/2011, 4:19 PM
Lol!, DC's never gonna get it right with their franchises. Maaan, what IS wrong with them. With the exception of the Nolan films, Marvel is kicking their ass.

And its motion capture because they just can't get it right with live-action casting, look at green lanturd.
pro346 - 11/7/2011, 4:19 PM
It ain't called Road Warrior its real name is Mad max 2!
Gnyah123 - 11/7/2011, 4:22 PM
and becuz nolan came out wit a sure the new superman will be a trilogy as well
but after that..they shud do it all over..kinda like the avengers but with a twist of course..start off wit batman movie..superman movie where he meets batman...a flash movie..maybe a new green lantern movie...wonder woman...then BANG JL!
AK47 - 11/7/2011, 4:22 PM
Common is an awful choice 4 John Stewart, he's by no means a bad actor but he's certainly not a good 1 either
spiderneil - 11/7/2011, 4:26 PM
dc have an advantage over marvel in that if the choose to do a JL movie they don't have to build up to it in seperate movies as;

wonder woman

and to a lesser extent
green lanter (thanks to the move - regardless of how rubbish)

are already known to the general audience, so no need to waste years building up to a JL movie movie interweaving seperate movies
Moonwalker1991 - 11/7/2011, 4:34 PM
So glad this ain't happening. Would have been terrible. Motion Capture. Please.
Tainted87 - 11/7/2011, 4:35 PM
The actors are unimportant to me, especially in concept mode. My question is what would they do with the characters? They're not going to jump Starro, and if anyone says Darkseid, so help me God....
pro346 - 11/7/2011, 4:38 PM
Megan gale would of made a great wonder woman
UltimateTypeface - 11/7/2011, 4:47 PM
I read that they had to move the filmimg of Mad Max 4 (Road Warrior for non-Australians)from the Australian desert to Nambia in Africa because its been raining so much the desert is all covered in wild flowers and grass.

Now its pissing down in Nambia too.

Cant find an post-apocalyptic wasteland anywhere when you need one.
Howlett - 11/7/2011, 4:57 PM
who are those actors? if they push through with the project I want to see Zack Snyder to direct it with this cast:

Superman: Brandon Routh
Batman: Guy Pierce
Green Lantern: Vin Diesel
The Flash: Ryan Gosling
Howlett - 11/7/2011, 4:59 PM
and yeah Megan Gale as Wonder Woman.
AutobotCommander84 - 11/7/2011, 4:59 PM
It was never intended to be a motion capture movie, there were discussions about it early in development due to the then-recent release of "Beowulf", but the final product wouldn't have been motion capture, it would have been good ol' fashioned live-action.
titansupes - 11/7/2011, 5:05 PM
It was NOT a motion capture film, it was live action. A poster over at the old BlueTights forum (now reincarnated as EyesSkyward) made it up and sent it to a couple of websites to prove that they'd run anything and that 'sources' and necessarily sources.

Plus, Armie Hammer has talked about wearing his Batman suit, how cool it looked and how good he felt in it...he wouldn't have had a suit if the movie was going to be mo-cap. Megan Gale also spoke breifly about the intimidation factor of wearing the Wonder Woman costume.

Also...the cast was horrible and the script breakdown (again, posted on confirms that Justice League: Mortal was going to be just awful. Thank god this pos died.
UnscrupalousSmurf - 11/7/2011, 5:26 PM
Are there any production designs and pictures of the costumes available anywhere? That would be cool to see just how far they got.
ndwwrestler2 - 11/7/2011, 5:31 PM
So... I wasn't the only one who thought that Armie Hammer could be Batman. But I thought of him for a Batman Tv series.
headlopper - 11/7/2011, 5:43 PM
'Terra Nova's ' pretty good tonight.
Show's getting better guys.
Bodwulf - 11/7/2011, 5:47 PM
I always think it odd when someone comments and says they are glad a movie did not get made. I would rather have a movie to watch and see SOMETHING than get not a damn thing.
The Nick Cage Superman might have been rubbish but it may have been funny, or a cult classic, Maybe even epic? but now we have nada. Yeah!
JLA may not have been greatest thing ever but it may have been damn good but instead we got nothing. Yeah!
Superman returns was a slow ploding film bit we did get the one awesome plane crash scene beter than nothing.
So many super hero films now being made that we are a little spoiled.
A true Green lantern fan I am sure would say they would want the GL film this year vs nothing.
Superhero movies will peak and there will be fewer made(or none).
When I am older I think it will be fun to revisit some older superhero films good and bad. It would be no fun at all to revisit nothing.
write33 - 11/7/2011, 5:53 PM

you are talking one of my geeky holy grails. i believe somewhere there are WETA photos....hope I get to see one day! but as far as I know, they have never been posted anywhere. i know someone at Aint It Cool was working on i for a story, but not sure it got published.
Dev - 11/7/2011, 6:08 PM
@headlopper, Terra Nova is garbage and they are sinking further and further into generic storylines with tonight's episode of the meteor crash and all their futuristic equipment failed to function in the dinosaur age. This show won't be renewed for another season.

On another note, I would like to see the suit designs Miller and ILM came up with for this JL movie. Should be great.
AlReg - 11/7/2011, 6:13 PM
I thought the motion capture was going to be for OMACS and other non human beings. In some ways I feel a little relieved this film was being rushed some casting felt weird. I would have liked to still seen some of the concept art and the script even Armie Hammer said he put on a actual Batman costume and said it was different than any other one.
NeoBaggins - 11/7/2011, 6:43 PM
Yea, Common was a terrible choice. CBMs only have award winning stage actors. Oh wait a minute, that's bullshit. Sorry.
Archer1111 - 11/7/2011, 6:45 PM
I actually think full CGI is the way to go for a Justice League movie. There are so many benefits, foremost amongst them the ability to do a fully intergalactic end of days movie for about half the cost. You could hire the current actors to voice their character with few if any scheduling issues to resolve, and if someone played hardball on their salary you could tell them to rack off - it would be no great loss. Also with fewer budgeting and scheduling issues you would be free to chase the holy grail of superhero films - a ball tearingly awesome trilogy meticulously planned from the get go. Finally, with the stylistic differences from the 'real' solo films it would be much easier to distance the JLA films - you might even be able to avoid the cross over convulsion altogether, something that I think has plagued the Marvel films somewhat.

Also, assuming the first one was a success, you might even be able to ramp things up and release one every couple of years. Provided the quality was there that would be really, really cool.
pro346 - 11/7/2011, 6:50 PM
@archer1111 motion capture aint cheap to do similar costs to live action sometimes more!
Slider13 - 11/7/2011, 7:21 PM
Digitaria51 - 11/7/2011, 7:23 PM
Lol soberchimera. SithLord has gone retarded ladies and gentlemen. This movie won't be made for another 5+ years. Which sucks. With Cavill and Bale, and a few other good actors it could be good. After they see the Avengers numbers we'll see someone's script get the green light..
dahamma - 11/7/2011, 8:26 PM
it feels like JL movie will never happen. Until DC grows a pair
PoPcornDude - 11/7/2011, 11:13 PM
and then we got GL....
and now the justice league seems like a farther dream
JYCowboy - 11/8/2011, 12:14 AM
Why does the animated films get it so right while the live action films end up taking a dump on thier properties (Batman excluded of course)?

DC Entertainment better get thier sh!t together with thier creative teams. Its getting really sad.
bababoozer - 11/8/2011, 12:22 AM
I've been saying that all along. Maybe the best way to make a big ensemble film.
EditNinja - 11/8/2011, 1:10 AM
Motion capture?
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