The Death of George Miller’s Justice League Finds Life in a New Documentary

By  · Published on May 26th, 2015

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You loved seeing what Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune would have looked like. You’re anxious to get the full details on the failure of Tim Burton’s Superman Lives and the joke that is Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four. And if you’ve followed my recommendations you’ve been dazzled and saddened by the heartbreaking story of what became of Richard Williams’s The Thief and the Cobbler. Now, following in the shoes of docs like Jodorowsky’s Dune, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four and Persistence of Vision is a documentary in the works about George Miller’s canceled DC superhero-team movie, Justice League: Mortal.

Tentatively titled Miller’s Justice League Mortal, the new project is surprisingly not on any crowdfunding site. Not yet. Director Ryan Unicomb told Australia’s Inside Film the plan is to gauge interest first and maybe hit up the fans later, though reportedly there are already private investors lined up. Unicomb references some of the titles listed above as similar ventures, and the success of those campaigns was likely in this doc pitch’s favor. His team (which includes film critic Maria Lewis and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell) hasn’t yet reached out to Miller, though, and everything could be determined on the Mad Max: Fury Road director’s willingness to participate. Unicomb also hopes to interview many of the actors who’d been lined up to play Batman, Superman, etc.

Since it hasn’t even started yet, Miller’s Justice League Mortal could be a while, but it would be smart to have it ready by the 2017 release date of Zack Snyder’s The Justice League Part One. Meanwhile, you should check out the basics on Miller’s collapsed movie in our recent eulogy to the project and maybe think about what other infamous film failures (Neill Blomkamp’s Halo? David Goyer’s Supermax? Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One? James Cameron’s Spider-Man? Terry Gilliam’s Watchmen? Terry Gilliam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Terry Gilliam’s Good Omens? etc.) would also make a half-decent doc, and snatch up the idea now.

Also check out the teaser for Unicomb’s own superhero movie, an upcoming short titled Gifted:

[h/t: THR’s Heat Vision]

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.