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by MATTHEW EELES
“When will it be available? I really need to see that documentary.”
“Have you found any Flash concept art?”
Those were some of the comments left on Ryan Unicomb’s Instagram account after the Australian filmmaker dropped a first-look at a version of Armie Hammer’s Batman cowl from George Miller’s abandoned Justice League: Mortal film.
The reaction to the post, which was shared across sites including Empire Magazine, has inspired Unicomb and fellow filmmaker Jordan Baily to resume production on their documentary, Seven Friends: George Miller’s Justice League.
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Since the world is in lockdown and I feel like we need an injection of some “cool shit” into the community. Here’s ONE of Armie Hammer’s cowls from #JusticeLeagueMortal – Be good and be safe y’all! Much love. ❤️ Made by @wetaworkshop #JusticeLeague #Batman #TheBatman #ArmieHammer #JusticeLeague #GeorgeMiller #WarnerBrothers #Cowl #Costume
The documentary will explore the rise and fall of the production and examine the work that took place before the project was eventually shut down. George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Catrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter.
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For now these are all I can share. I know there’s MASSIVE interest in the story behind #JusticeLeagueMortal but there is pushback from the studio and most of the creatives involved. It’s understandably a sore point for many involved. We’re collating everything we have to be able to pitch it properly. It may require a kickstarter or something at some stage, or it may not. I’m 5 years into the journey of getting this made and I VERY much appreciate your patience. I know how important this lost chapter is to us all; as movie goers, as comic readers, as pop culture fans. Rest assured we WANT to be able to show you EVERY costume properly. We WANT to show you the Batmobile. We WANT to show you the Fortress of Solitude. We WANT the artists who worked tirelessly for months to get their well deserved due. We’ll continue to do our best. Be well. Stay safe! #SevenFriends #JusticeLeagueMortal #JusticeLeague #WarnerBrothers #PurryburryProductions
“After speaking with cast and crew on and off over the last five years, we are confident we have a wonderful project to bring to light for all pop culture fans around the globe,” says Unicomb.
“It kind of feels like the world wasn’t really ready for this the first time we tried to do this in 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 documentary will feature interviews with cast and crew, an in-depth look at never before seen production art, photographs and video footage.
Revered artist Kode “Bosslogic” Abdo will provide promotional art for the project and renowned cosplayer and pop culture personality Chris “Cosplay Chris” Stanley will lend his expertise to the documentary with detailed recreations of screen accurate costumes based on the designs from the cancelled project.
According to Unicomb, George Miller has no intention of taking part at this stage, but he remains hopeful that once Miller sees the project as the thoughtful celebration of the work that took place, he may change his mind.
The documentary will be produced by Ryan Unicomb & Jordan Bailey with a funding campaign expected to be launched in July.