Mad Max 4

Roads not taken – unmade Science Fiction films &  television…

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 Mad Max: Fury Road was released early last month.   Although one of my original rules was not to trace the development of a particular film that is eventually made, I also like to break those rules from time to time.  So he’s the exciting adventures of the fourth Mad Max film.

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Justice League: Mortal

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The unmade first in a Justice League of America film trilogy.

Originally planned to have been made in Australia.

With Marvel’s Iron Man and a sequel to DC’s Batman Begins in production, DC commissioned a Justice League film.

DEVELOPMENT

In Febuary 2007, Kieran and Michele Mulroney were hired by Warner Bros to write a Justice League film which was greeted positively when handed in in June.   Director George Miller was hired in September, and it was hoped it would be ready to shoot before the upcoming writer’s strike.  Filming was planned to start in February 2008 to make use of Australian Tax Incentives.

STORY

The script has been leaked online.

CAST

Although no official cast was announced many media outlets confirmed that a cast (it was suggested that Miller wanted a young cast to grow into the role.

  • Armie Hammer as Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Megan Gale as Wonder Woman/Princess Diana of Themyscira
  • D.J. Cotrona as Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent
  • Adam Brody as The Flash/Wally West
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz
  • Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul
  • Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen
  • Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman/Arthur Curry
  • Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord
  • Common as John Stewart/Green Lantern

REJECTION

Changes were made by the Australian government to make the tax incentives only apply to films with Australian story content, causing Warner Bros to consider moving production to Canada, but Miller still wanted to produce at Fox Studios Australia.  Warner Bros said that the script needed work to be darker, but the writer’s strike stopped any work being done.  There was fan backlash for a competing casting of Batman, although Nolan didn’t like the idea of his film universe being part of a Justice League universe.

LEGACY

The success of Iron Man setting up an Avengers universe and success of The Dark Knight led DC to consider making a series of solo films for the Justice League characters, leading to 2011’s Green Lantern for Hal Jordan and 2013’s Man of Steel for Superman.

~ DUG.

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