The Justice League: Mortal documentary by filmmaker Ryan Unicomb is getting new life as production is set to resume from Purryburry Productions. Over the last 15 years, several DC Comics films have been attempted by Warner Bros., with some making it to the big-screen and some not. One of the most famous of all of them was George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal project that was meant to begin principal photography in 2008. Set with a full cast that consisted of stars such as Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as The Flash, D.J. Cotrona as Superman and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, the story would have followed the iconic team taking on Jay Baruchel‘s Maxwell Lord. Loosely based on JLA: Tower of Babel, the studio had every intention of getting it into production. But with the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike, along with several production issues, the film eventually got shelved.
Since then, a lot of details have been making their way online from a version of the script leaking to pieces of concept art being unveiled. Cast members such as Hammer have spoken about what Justice League: Mortal would have been like if it had been made and released. But while the film would never make its way to theaters, filmmaker and producer Ryan Unicomb attempted to shoot a documentary telling the full story of what happened to Miller‘s DC picture. Similarly to The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? by the late Jon Schnepp, Unicomib‘s documentary would have given a bigger picture of why Warner Bros. pulled the plug on Justice League: Mortal. After almost five years since the documentary’s launch, it’s getting new life.
Unicomb, through Purryburry Productions, has announced the Justice League: Mortal documentary is resuming production. Set to begin sometime later this year, the project also gets a new title: Seven Friends: George Miller’s Justice League. In a press release, the director shared his excitement to “explore the rise and fall” of Miller‘s movie before production was eventually scrapped.
After speaking with cast and crew on and off over the last 5 years, we are confident we have a wonderful project to bring to light for all pop culture fans around the globe. It kind of feels like the world wasn’t really ready for this the first time we tried to do this (2015). With everything going on in the world, now feels like the right time to look back at what may have been and celebrate what actually was.
The director confirmed Miller currently has “no intention” in participating in the documentary. However, the team behind Seven Friends is hopeful the Australian filmmaker might have a change of heart once seeing the care and ambition being put into this documentary to honor the hard work Miller and countless others put into Justice League: Mortal. Unicomb, along with his B.Y.O. Show collaborator/co-host Jordan Bailey, will produce the documentary as a fundraising campaign will be launched sometime in July. The announcement also reveals digital artist BossLogic aka Kode Abdo is attached to the documentary to provide new promotional art as he had done in 2015.
Additionally, Chris “Cosplay Chris” Stanley is working on Seven Friends, where he’ll lend his expertise in recreating several “screen accurate costumes” that were designed for Justice League: Mortal. No details have currently been specified about when the documentary may be released. But with production aimed for some time this year, it’s safe to assume that it could come out in early 2021. Once it goes into production, it’ll feature several interviews with cast and crew members as well as an in-depth look at unreleased production art, video footage and more. Stay tuned for the latest on Seven Friends: George Miller’s Justice League documentary as it continues to develop.