10 – George Miller’s ‘Justice League’

Episode ten! We’re in the double digits! That’s pretty darn sweet.

Here’s some stuff that might interest you:

  • The photos above are promo pics created for an upcoming documentary about Justice League Mortal. You can see the larger images and more on their Twitter page.
  • Here’s a copy of the script, written by Michelle and Keiran Mulrony – a fact which was cut from the audio for some reason. It’s worth a read if you’re jonesing for some Justice League action, but don’t want the visual thrill of the comics or cartoon.
  • A table read of the script was performed earlier this year at The Comic Bug, a California Comic Book Store. The sound’s not great, but it’s a nice way to get a better idea of how the film could have turned out.

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  • The budgets for Justice League: MortalBatman v SupermanMan of Steel and the upcoming Suicide Squad ranged from $200-$250 million.
    • Compare that to Gal Gadot’s upcoming Wonder Woman solo film, which has an estimated budget of $100 million. While some reports state that this is the first female-directed film with that high a budget, 2002’s K-19: The Widowmaker – directed by Kathryn Bigelow – also had a $100 million budget. So there’s two of them. Yay.
  • Justice League Mortal wasn’t the only Warner Bros/DC Comics adaptation to fall through. After 1997’s nipple-suit-laden film and Christopher Nolan’s 2005 reboot, there were at least four attempts at reinvigorating the Bat-franchise:
    • Batman Unchained would have been a direct sequel to Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, with The Scarecrow as the main villain and Harley Quinn’s live action debut (as The Joker’s daughter)
    • Batman: DarKnight (yes, really) was pitched to Warner Bros. The script also included Scarecrow/Jonathan Crane as a professor at Dick Grayson/Robin’s University, who also accidentally causes his colleague Kirk Langstrom’s transformation into Man-Bat. Bruce Wayne also retires in this one. Not for too long, I’m guessing.
    • Adaptations of Batman Beyond of the Future and Batman: Year One were also considered, the latter eventually laying the outline for Batman Begins.

  • Tim Burton was to direct Superman Lives, with Nicolas Cage in the lead role. Although it never filmed, photos eventually surfaced of Cage in the costume. A documentary, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened interviews several people involved in the production. The full film is about 100 minutes if you’re interested.
    • Before Superman Returned in Bryan Singer’s 2006 film, um, Superman Returns, JJ Abrams wrote a script called Superman: Flyby which would have been an origin story. Henry Cavill auditioned for the role in this film (there’s test footage of him in the iconic costume) and Robert Downey Jr was to be cast as Lex Luthor.
  • This year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t the first attempt at having the two characters face off on the big screen. A film was planned for the early 2000s would’ve pitted a retired Batman (they really love that, don’t they?) against Superman in a plot by Lex Luthor after Bruce Wayne new wife was killed by a clone of The Joker… or something like that. You can find the script online, or you can watch this animated video which explains the whole plot in less than 10 minutes. It takes real skill to do that.

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  • DC Comics’ continuity is real confusing right now, you guys. The publisher recently started their new relaunch, DC Rebirth, which brings new (and old) versions of characters into the same streamlined universe. This includes three Jokers, two Wally Wests and the characters of Watchmen.

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  • The recent death of Muhammad Ali has brought to light the impact he made, not just in boxing, but in his social acts and in the entertainment world. This also includes the time he fought Superman. you can read about how the story came to be here.

That’s it for this week. I’m away for a while, but the podcast and blog are probably in capable hands. I’d leave a clue for next week, but I have no idea what they’re doing – I’m off the clock.

Tam

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