George Miller’s lost Justice League movie remains one of the most tantalizing Hollywood what-ifs of the last 25 years — and now fans are getting another bittersweet tease of what might have been thanks to costar Jay Baruchel.
Speaking with MTV’s Josh Horowitz for the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Baruchel — who would have played the film’s villain, Maxwell Lord — revealed new details about the project. “The aesthetic choices that they were making and the story and character choices they were making are so ballsy, and we won’t ever see it,” Baruchel said.
Comparing Miller’s vision to “Miller doing [Zack Snyder]” because of how the visuals looked, Baruchel discussed two major scenes featuring Wonder Woman, who would have been played in the film by Megan Gale.
“The first time you see Wonder Woman, the opening scene on Themyscira, it was just her,” Baruchel said. “It’s her on top of a steed and she stood about half a kilometer away from a Minotaur. The Minotaur has a battle-ax in his hand and she just rushes him. All the Amazons are there cheering her on, and she just beheads him. Gets off her steed and holds up the Minotaur thing — and doesn’t say a goddamned thing. I was like, ‘That’s the Wonder Woman I want to see!’ It would have been special.”
Earlier in the conversation, the star — who makes his directorial debut with Goon sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers — revealed that, at one point in the script, “There was a scene where Maxwell Lord brainwashes Clark and all of a sudden has Superman as a weapon.”
“I turn him into full red-eye Superman, and then there’s this big ass fight between him and Wonder Woman, where he breaks her f—ing wrists and sh–,” Baruchel added. “And then I die halfway through the movie, and then my consciousness is uploaded into a f—ing mainframe and I’m an evil computer.”
Miller’s Justice League take was first announced in 2007 with a release targetted for 2009. In addition to Baruchel and Gale, the film was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, and Common as Green Lantern.
Speaking about the project two years ago, Miller explained, in part, what went wrong. “There was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League,'” Miller told THR. “I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers’ strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warners’ casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.”
The official DC Extended Universe edition of Justice League, with Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, will arrive in theaters on Nov. 17.