I genuinely believe that Warner Bros., when making their current DCEU, just took from every other jettisoned idea that came before them and mashed them together. I already pitched long ago that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was just Tim Burton’s “Superman Lives” concept that was tweaked a little (See our original article on it here), but one I’m starting to realize might also have been nabbed was George Miller’s “Justice League: Mortal”, a film he worked on a decade ago that was suppose to be the first “Justice League” film. While a “Justice League” film is indeed happening now (Set to be released November 17, 2017), Armie Hammer, who was set to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in “Mortal” has come out talking about how a suit had been made for his character. He described it in an interview today:
Oh yeah, for sure. I put on the whole suit. Weta made our suit. It was all functioning. It had like carbon fiber, and it had like pistons and gears that would function. It was amazing! It was like a exoskeleton suit. It was really awesome. Uh… I don’t know if I was supposed to say all that. But anyway… By the way, who was I talking to… I think Quint, from Ain’t It Cool News. He’s got pictures.
The way Hammer describes the suit, it sounds almost like the suit that Ben Affleck donned in BvS to battle Superman, that scene inspired by the Frank Miller graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns”. This genuinely wouldn’t surprise me, but as Hammer points out there are no photos to compare, although he claims someone has access to them. At the same time, I also recall the photoshoot of Megan Gale (Who was going to play Wonder Woman in Mortal) and note similarities to the Gal Gadot WW costume (With a more Zack Snyder-inspired sleekness brought to the costume):
I will always see “Justice League: Mortal” as a missed opportunity and somehow hope that George Miller producing the next “Justice League” film is a sign that Warner Bros. wants him to eventually take over from Snyder. That would be my ideal situation from the mess that the DCEU has been. Stay tuned!