Justice League will be releasing this year. Unbeknownst to some, this is not the first time Warner Bros. has tried to make this movie. Ten years ago, Justice League: Mortal could have been the DC team’s first appearance on the silver screen.
It was to be directed by George Miller and was to feature almost the same line-up of heroes but with different actors. Armie Hammer was one of the actors in it and he was to play Batman in the ensemble.
While the movie never really took off, Hammer’s take on Batman was quite a point of discussion. Recently, he shared some details on how he got to put on his Batsuit and what did it look like.
Armie Hammer as Batman
There are currently no pictures available for the suit that Hammer donned at the time.
Description of the Batsuit
The actor also gave a thorough description of the suit. According to him, Weta had made the suits for the movie. It was made out of carbon fiber and had pistons and gears that were fully-functional.
Appreciating it further, Hammer also added that his suit was more of an exoskeleton suit instead of the traditional cowl. Had the movie been made, fans would have perhaps seen two versions of Batman on-screen.
The reason for that is Batman Begins starring Christian Bale had already released in 2005 and its sequel The Dark Knight released in 2008. If Justice League: Mortal would have released in 2008 after starting production in 2007, fans and critics would unnecessarily compare Hammer and Bale’s version.
Considering Bale’s version had already achieved a massive fan following from the first movie itself, fans would not have gone easy on Hammer’s portrayal. It was the case with Ben Affleck as well.
Days after he was cast as Batman in DCEU, fans unanimously expressed how bad he would be. Their opinion only changed when he nailed the performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
George Miller’s comments about the movie
Hammer is not the only one who has addressed the cancelled Justice League: Mortal movie. Some months back Mad Max: Fury Road director Miller had spoken about the movie saying that the script for the movie was really great and he was in talks with the studio. After hearing it the studio decided to make the movie and got on with the casting.
Casting took place rapidly because there was a writers’ strike that was expected to happen soon. After that, there were just some formalities left to complete.
Since a decision could not be made quickly in such a short time, it ended up costing the movie. The director eventually started believing that the movie was not meant to be.
Despite this movie not working out, Miller still expressed interest in getting involved with DC some time back. But since then there has been no update if he will somehow become a part of DCEU or not.
Rest of the cast
Justice League: Mortal would not only have seen Hammer as Batman, it would have seen D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Common as Green Lantern, Adam Brody as Flash and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman amongst others.
Fortunately, Man of Steel released in 2013 officially launched DC’s cinematic universe. That movie followed by others has led to Justice League that will release this year.
Justice League will see Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. A Green Lantern is also rumored to appear in the movie but there has been no confirmation about it.
Justice League will see DC’s team assembling for the first time as they come together to fight Steppenwolf. Batman and Wonder Woman will be assembling the team with Superman’s re-appearance being kept under wraps.
Justice League will release this year on Nov. 17.
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