Looking at the two big comic book movie companies today, it’s easy to see why Marvel is lauded while DC is generally mocked by hardcore fans.
Marvel’s slate of films since Iron Man in 2008 have all been interconnected and planned ahead by a group of individuals led by producer Kevin Feige. DC has, since 2008, been dealing with failed start ups, various cinematic universes and a much different command structure from what Marvel has been doing. Now that’s not to say that things won’t change in the future but currently, in 2015, the internet mocks and rages out over Joker tattoos and we all high five when we see freaking Crossbones walk on set. What’s funny is that it was DC who very well could have had the jump start on a shared universe with Mad Max director George Miller’s Justice League movie.
Way back in 2007 Warner Brothers was riding high off of the hugely popular Batman Begins reboot and The Dark Knight was shooting and hype levels were at an all time high for Batman. Iron Man was coming and buzz was pretty good for the movie starring the (at the time) B-level hero. Somebody over at Warner Brothers decided that that now was the time to strike while the iron was hot and deliver the oft fantasized superhero movie team up. Things started moving and got to the point where both a full cast and director were chosen and it was none other than George Miller of Mad Max fame who was probably better known as the guy that did Happy Feet than the dude who gave us the Wasteland. The cast? It was totally weird and out of left field. Jay Baruchel was probably the biggest name in the whole cast after coming off of Knocked Up and he was going to play some dude named Max Lord and there were going to be two Flashes (why would there be two?) and some dude named Armie Hammer was going to be Batman. Not, you know…. Christian Bale who was currently tearing it up as Batman in the movies but some unknown dude with an IMDB page that read like a bunch of random names in a phonebook. Nothing stood out.
Now fast forward to present day and we are all a little wiser, we all recognize Mr. Hammer as those D-bag twins in the Social Network, we did some reading and we know there are like a billion iterations of the Flash and Mad Max: Fury Road blew our faces off and now suddenly we are all super into whatever the writer/director of Babe: Pig in the City is up to now or since. But back in 2007-8 things were different. fanboys raged over an unknown cast, execs didn’t like the idea of having two different Batmen, especially when Bale was working out so well for them and the budget was rising and the writers strike happened, shooting location drama and poof. “George Miller’s Justice League Movie CANCELLED” is all over internet headlines. So what happened? Sure these are broad strokes but the devil is in the details and Autralian director Ryan Unicomb is set to uncover the truth of what really went down and why George Miller’s Justice League movie never came to pass.
“I have always been fascinated with project, which would be in the same vein as 2013’s Jodorowsky’s Dune and this year’s The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, about a Superman movie that Tim Burton was to direct in the 1990s.”
Unicomb has stated that he has private backers and will most likely go the crowd funding route to get the financing he needs. There is no timetable yet for when we can expect the documentary to hit but it’s sure to be interesting.
The “official” cast was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul, Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord
Compare that to the current cast of Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavil as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Ray Fisher as Cyborg, which is set to grow.
Which one do you prefer?