If you spend any time on Den of Geek, or talking to me in general, it’s only a matter of time before I start going on about my favorite topic: superhero movies that almost got made. One of those in particular is Justice League: Mortal, the lost George Miller Justice League movie that very nearly happened.
Justice League: Mortal would have been a very faithful, extraordinarily ambitious superhero movie, and it was all set to begin filming before the plug was pulled. The cast was in place, which included DJ Cotrona (Superman), Armie Hammer (Batman), Adam Brody (The Flash), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Santiago Cabrera (Aquaman), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Martian Manhunter), and Common (Green Lantern).
For years, little bits and pieces about this movie have leaked out. But it’s only recently that we’ve started to see things like concept art and costume designs start to surface. It would seem that the dam is beginning to break, as the other day a photo of DJ Cotrona in his Superman costume appeared (I wrote about that in much more detail here). But that might only be the start.
Thanks to Jon Schnepp and Collider Heroes (with a special thanks to DC Films Hub who brought this to my attention) a photo of the full team’s costumes has appeared, and it’s a colorful, comic book faithful affair.
Check out the image…
Note that while the image that has surfaced is authentic, the only actual actor from those named above in the photo is Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. Everyone else here are just testing out the costumes. You can see a couple of subtle differences in the Superman costume from the photo that surfaced of DJ Cotrona in the suit recently, too, notably that the belt doesn’t appear to be as yellow, although that might just be a matter of the resolution in the photo.
So while it’s a little blurry, you can still see just how seriously they were taking the superhero aesthetic for this movie. We’ve long heard about the intricate Batman costume that Armie Hammer tried on, and I really hope we get a better look at that soon. The Flash costume is unapolagetically faithful to the comics, even moreso than the versions we got in the 1990 TV series and the first two seasons of the current show. Aquaman is rocking his late ’90s Peter David-era warrior of the sea look, right down to the harpoon hand. Megan Gale’s Wonder Woman looks like an Alex Ross painting come to life, as does Martian Manhunter. The Green Lantern costume seems to be a combination of Kyle Rayner and John Stewart’s GL looks (it’s Stewart in the movie).
Hopefully more info on this movie comes to light soon, as this was a fascinating project. I wrote in more detail about Justice League: Mortal, including about its script and why it never happened, right here.