Defunct George Miller Justice League Movie Compared To Lord of the Rings
While everyone bickers back and forth over whether the Justice League movie is a go, Warner Bros. previously tried launching the movie back in 2007 with director George Miller attached.
The movie got so far as pre-production before it got axed with a cast already lined up including Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as Barry Allen/The Flash, Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Martian Manhunter, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Common as John Stewart Green Lantern, and D.J. Cotrona as Superman.
Cotrona also happens to be starring as Flint in the upcoming G.I. Joe Retaliation and recently addressed the Justice League movie that never was.
He mentions that the movie would have been on the scale of Lord of the Rings in addition to the amazing job the special effects studio now working on Man of Steel, WETA, had done (via Screen Rant).
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. I’m just happy to get this one [G.I. Joe: Retaliation] to the finish line. I do now have this kneejerk reaction where, until I see it, I’m not believing anything. I’m just kind of halfway expecting the plug to be pulled every day. But yeah, it’s been great. I did the Justice League thing the wrong way. I read too much on the internet. You can’t do that. The internet is the devil. Or the internet is not the devil, the comment boards are the devil. Believe me, I’ve been on the opposite side on there, too saying, “You can’t let that guy be that character!” But really [in the case of Justice League] it was Weta, Weta, Weta, Weta, Weta. They are amazing and they can make anybody look like anything.
Regarding the upcoming Justice League movie, it's said that new Superman Henry Cavill is attached and currently waiting on the success of the Man of Steel.