For all the news surrounding DC’s beleaguered Justice League, it’s easy to forget this isn’t the first big-budget attempt to bring the gang together on the big screen.
Back in the mid-2000s, a standalone Justice League film was on the verge of going in front of the camera before the studio pulled the plug. It was already cast with some good-looking, relative unknowns, and now the man who was nearly Superman has opened up about what could have been.
D.J. Cotrona, who is showing up later this year in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, was ready to don the red and blue pajamas right up until the moment Warner Bros. called it off.
Despite the rushed time table and apparent uneasiness on the studio side, Cotrona still believes the movie could’ve been great. He also says it would’ve been big. Like, Lord of the Rings big.
He told ScreenRant:
“That was a long slog. We were playing with that for about a year. That was during the writer’s strike time and it started and it stopped. That was a big bummer. I was really, really excited to work with George Miller and the script was really, really good. The stuff that Weta was doing was amazing. It’s just a shame that we didn’t get to finish that because it was going to be really, really cool [...] It was a damn shame that we didn’t get to finish that. I promise you that it would have been amazing. It would have been incredible. The scale of this was fantastical. It was a Lord of the Rings scale. It would have been really cool.
Everybody in this business has seen that. For every project they have that goes, they have like five skeletons in their closet. Or a bloody corpse of something that never happened. I’m just excited — there’s so many elements that go into making a big film and so many elements that can go wrong along the way. I’ve learned that intimately.”
It’s interesting to get a peek into what DC had planned, and this one stands out as one of the biggest superhero movies to ever bite the dust in development hell. Do you wish this one would’ve survived? Could it have turned the tables, by beating Marvel to the punch?