Hollywood stuntman and choreographer Greg van Borssum is offering up a piece of 'what if' Hollywood history today, as he shares photos of the Justice League cast assembling for Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller's canceled adaptation.
Way back in 2007, after Superman Returns proved to be a disappointment, Warner Bros. planned to move forward on a Justice League movie that recast the Man of Steel with D.J. Cotrona and gave us a new Batman in Armie Hammer, even though Christian Bale was in the midst of his The Dark Knight trilogy at the same time. Also seen in the first photo are (from bottom) director George Miller, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter. Next row finds Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, stuntman Greg van Borssum, and producer Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers). Armie Hammer is in the way back. with D.J. Cotrona directly in front of him. In the second photo we can see Greg van Borssum with Wonder Woman, Megan Gale, who would later be cast in Mad Max: Fury Road.
This version of Justice League was coming together fairly quickly, as the studio hoped to avoid the Writers Guild of America Strike. And as you can see from these pre-production meeting photos, the cast and crew were pretty excited about this DC Comics adaptation, as ill conceived as it may have been. Warner Bros., recognizing the success that Marvel was having with their properties, got cold feet and pulled the plug on the project just before it began shooting in February 2008, in Australia. The film had a budget estimated to be over $200 million, and with a strong fan backlash and the inability to make script changes due to the strike, this is one comic book adventure that got indefinitely shelved.