Justice League: Mortal Director Reveals How Cancelled Film Change His Approach to Movies
Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller almost directed a Justice League movie back in the day titled Justice League: Mortal. The film was canned by Warner Bros. right before it began filming and a lot has been released about the film, from concept art to costume tests. Miller has done a few films since then and they have been pretty fantastic. Earlier today, in a new interview with Deadline, the director revealed that the canceled superhero movie made him change his approach to filmmaking.
"Yeah, for me it does because it has happened several times. I've been sacked off a film — that happened with Contact and I was very enthusiastic about that," Miller revealed. "Then, we were very keen to do Justice League back around that time, and there were already photographs and publicity out, and then that fell away. I'm not saying that's what jinxed it, but I think it's just better to finish the film and offer it to audiences; to let them take on the story or not."
After all of this, you would think that the director would be apprehensive about the genre, but it seems that he has a very high opinion about superhero movies. During a recent interview with Variety, the director revealed his thoughts on superhero films as a whole.
"They endure and have endured anyway. The one thing you will be certain of is that they will change, they will morph into something else. Marvel and the DC Universe are basically the vestiges of the Greek and Norse and Roman mythologies. There's a direct equivalence between each of those characters, " Miller told the trade. "We're going through an era in which I think we're expressing through moving image narrative these stories. They're echoes of the past, but they're adjusted to have meaning to us."
The next superhero films to be released in theaters is Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder. The studio describes as follows: "The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he's ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor's surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher's vengeance and stop him before it's too late."
The film is being directed by Waititi and will star Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster/Mighty Thor, Russell Crowe as Zeus, Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. In addition to directing, Waititi will also be reprising his role as Korg. Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on July 8th 2022!
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