Sometimes things just weren’t meant to be, and you have to move on. Such is the case with director George Miller and his attempt at a “Justice League” film back in 2008. After hiring most of the cast, including Armie Hammer as Batman and Common as Green Lantern, Miller never received the green light to go ahead with production and ultimately shut the project down.
In a recent interview with Superhero Hype, Miller looked back on the film that never was and how that experience led to his love affair with Common.
“You know, John Lennon said, ’Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.’ Films keep on coming out of my head and I never know what film I’m going to make next,” Miller said. “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.”
Miller did not want the end of the “Justice League” film to mean the end of his working relationship with Common, so he offered him a role in the sequel to his animated film “Happy Feet.” “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?'” Miller said.
The director attributes the collapse of the “Justice League” film to the Writer’s Guild of America strike in 2007 and 2008, among other reasons. “That was a whole bunch of complex events,” he said. “It was the middle of a writers strike. There was Australian rebate legislation that was required to get the film going. It was just a whole complex series of events. It was no one particular’s fault that it didn’t happen.”
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