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Armie Hammer has been talking some more about the time he almost played Batman in George Miller’s unmade Justice League: Mortal. Now that DC’s own Justice League movie has come out to mixed reviews and disappointing box-office, fans have been wondering how Miller’s take on the characters would have turned out.
Justice League: Mortal was put into pre-production in 2007, but despite being fully cast and nearly ready to shoot, Warner Bros. cancelled it over rising costs, script concerns and to avoid clashes with the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies. Since then various details about the film have leaked out, including the script and concept art. By all accounts, it would have been an epic superhero blockbuster, but a case of bad timing worked against it.
Armie Hammer would have played a younger version of Batman in the film, and in a new interview with podcast Happy Sad Confused he describes the mindset of his take on the character.
It’s funny, it was pre-Christian Bale, but the Christian Bale Batman had a lot more in common with it than any of the previous ones, whether it be the George Clooney, the Michael Keaton, all those, which were almost campy. This one was a guy who is severely, psychologically, almost deranged. It was dark and it was really intense and this guy had major trust issues, the whole thing. It was a great concept and it was a really cool idea.
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Hammer goes on to describe a couple of scenes from the script he wishes he could have seen realised, including a destructive battle between Superman and Wonder Woman.
Superman and Wonder Woman had the most brutal fight with each other that you’ve ever seen. It would be like when if two superheroes actually fight, like they destroy multiple cities, like by accident, because they don’t even see anything else other than trying to destroy the person in front of them, and it was incredible. I mean at one point they destroy an aircraft carrier by accident!
Hammer also says Justice League: Mortal’s bodycount “was going to be extremely high,” mainly due to the villain Maxwell Lord (Jay Baruchel) putting nanobots into the food he serves at his fast-food chain.
So everyone’s consuming this food like an addiction, because he’s putting s*** in it to make people addicted to it too, and they’re consuming these nanobots. Then at one point, he pushes a button that’s like “activate,” and these nanobots literally kill almost every person that has eaten his food.
And then all of a sudden you have to fight these nanobot humans that now programmed to be like “Kill all these guys.”
Despite his excitement reminiscing about the project, Hammer recently commented that he’s glad he didn’t play Batman, as he feels he wouldn’t have done a good job as a 19-year-old actor. In the podcast, he also confirms he’s not interested in pursuing another comic book movie to star in, and would rather focus on smaller movies for the time being.
Like Superman Lives and Batman Unchained, Justice League: Mortal is destined to be one of the great what-if superhero movies. It’s certainly one of the most intriguing unmade movies of recent years, and with George Miller at the helm, it had the potential to be something special.