One of the more infamous comic book movies that never go made was George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal. The movie had cast a bunch of DC heroes, with Common taking on the role of the John Stewart version of Green Lantern. But an assortment of issues – not least the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy – led to Warner Bros pulling the plug.
But it was late in the date when it did. And Common, in a new interview with Yahoo!, has given a flavor of just how close he got to playing Green Lantern on screen.
“Yeah, I was cast and we started rehearsals for the film,” he recalled. “I went to Australia. I tried on the outfit and everything. It was heartbreaking, but it happened.”
He shed some light too on the film itself. “The script was super-dope,” he said. “It was intricate. And knowing George Miller was going to do it, you knew it was going to have that raw edge. But it had Superman, Aquaman, it had all of the characters really involved. Each one of them had moments and you got to know them. It was a strong piece.”
Common still remains keen to play John Stewart/Green Lantern in the future, and he reiterates that in the interview. After all, Warner Bros is shortly to start casting its upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie. “That would be incredible to get that opportunity,” he said, adding “that’s up to the studio and DC and those guys.”
“But it would be an incredible honor and I would be geeked for that character and that role. I would go to the highest with that role.”
Common did have a brief role in Suicide Squad as Monster T, so that may yet preclude him from Green Lantern Corps. But we wait and see…