Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has already taken himself out of the running for Man of Steel 2, but rumors he might direct a Superman movie brought back memories of the Justice League movie he nearly made in 2007. The cast would have been D.J. Cotrona (Superman), Armie Hammer (Batman), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Adam Brody (The Flash), Common (Green Lantern), Teresa Palmer (Talia al Ghul), Santiago Cabrera (Aquaman), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Martian Manhunter), and Jay Baruchel (Maxwell Lord). Hey, it was a different time.
We weren’t the only ones intrigued by the thought of what George Miller could do with the Superman character if given the chance. IGN asked Miller what he had in mind:
“[Superman is] potentially a very boring character because he has no faults. So you really have to find his demons really to get an internal conflict going. You’ve really got to do that. Whether that’s by an external agency or something deep inside himself. You need that conflicted character. That’s what made the Greek gods so great. I mean they were jealous, vengeful, hubristic. They had all these things going for them. I think that’s why Batman’s such an interesting character because he’s human, so he’s just like us. He’s relatable, rather than someone who’s just perfect.”
That very much echoes what Miller’s almost-Superman D.J. Cotrona said about the cancelled Justice League Mortal: “It was allegorical, like a story of Greek gods almost.”
Well, if Miller ever does get to do a DC Comics superhero movie in the vein of the Greek gods, we’ll be interested to see who disguises himself as a swan and gets somebody pregnant.