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Perhaps two of the biggest un-produced comic books films of all time have got to be Joss Whedon‘s  Wonder Woman (2003) and George Miller‘s  Justice League (2007).  Here’s a little history -no please stay- on both. Miller’s film was to star Adam Brody as the Flash, Armie Hammer as Batman and Megan Gale (Megan Fox wannabe) as Wonder Woman. The project, titled Justice League: Mortal took great interest to folks on the net who criticized the young cast. Basically, nobody wanted a “Justice League: The Teenage Years”. Thanks to the writers strike (memba that) and some shenanigans in Australia (where production was to take place) the film got shelved. Whedon’s Wonder Woman? Well… that was right property for Whedon at the wrong time. After coming off Serenity Whedon didn’t have the desire to fight with Warner Bros. over creative direction. He tapped the fuck out.

These films ultimately got aborted for the better, but you can’t help but wonder what could have been. Recently, both directors have revealed details (again) regarding their failed visions.

Here’s what Whedon had to say (via Vulture):

He told Rookie that his Diana was “a little bit like Angelina Jolie” (which he’s been saying for a while). “She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability,” he says. “She would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane. Ultimately her romance with Steve was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, okay, great, but we can still do better.”

While talking to Coming Soon about his upcoming animated film Happy Feet Two, director George Miller was asked about cancelled motion-capture Justice League project.

“You know, John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you’re making other plans'”, Miller smiled. “Films keep on coming out of my head and I never know what film I’m going to make next. Common and I were going to work on a ‘Justice League’ movie together. He was cast as Green Lantern and it was almost greenlit when it fell away. I fell in love with the guy and I called him up and said, ‘You can’t play the Green Lantern, but how about playing a penguin?'”

I could two give a shit about ‘Miller Time”. Though, Armie Hammer as Batman would have been interesting to see. Whedon’s Wonder Woman however,  sounds like a very grounded and interesting approach. It’s regrettable that will never see it. Eh, Whedon traded in for something better. I cannot wait until Avenger time.

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