While we're just two months away from Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's Justice League, this isn't the first time that the titular heroes have been planned to make their way to the silver screen. Mad Max director George Miller once developed a Justice League movie of his own, which would no doubt feature far more visceral and intense action sequences. Actor Jay Baruchel (This Is The End, Knocked Up) was set to play mind controlling villain Maxwell Lord in the flick, and recently revealed how Wonder Woman and Superman were going to have an absolutely brutal action sequence of their own, resulting in Superman breaking some Amazonian bones.
Holy crap, this sounds awesome, and not anything like what we should expect when Justice League hits theaters in November.
Jay Burachel's comments on the Happy Sad Confused podcast show what a wholly different type of movie George Miller would have crafted, if it didn't end up falling through. Without a shared universe to worry about, Miller had the ability to make as many bold and visceral choices as he wanted. This includes pitting two of the DC trinity against each other in a battle that actually had high stakes and serious consequences. Watching the nearly invincible Wonder Woman be brutalized by the Man of Steel would be unlike anything the fans were expecting, and could have brought an interesting color to the otherwise boring Superman.
Pitting Wonder Woman and Superman against each other also makes far more sense than the conflict in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Because while seeing Superman and Batman come to blows was an exciting concept, it's not exactly an even match. Batman had to use a variety of gadgets and kryptonite weapons to even the playing field, and even that felt a bit far fetched. But Diana Prince shares many of the same superpowers as the Kryptonian, so their battle would be epic.
Jay Burachel was set to play the villain Maxwell Lord, who has the powers of mind control in the DC comics. While he's able to occasionally influence people's minds, it causes him great physical pain often resulting in a nose bleed. This side affect was reportedly going to be utilized to gory affect when Maxwell Lord brain washed Superman into battling his friends. Instead of just a nose bleed, he was reportedly going to bleed from every orifice. This once again proves just how brutal George Miller's Justice League: Mortal would have been, if the writer's strike of 2007 didn't essentially destroy its chances.
The DCEU's Justice League will arrive in theaters on November 17, 2017. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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