We’re finally getting a Justice League movie this November, but did you know we were supposed to get one about 10 years ago too?
In 2007 George Miller signed on to direct Justice League Mortal. Armie Hammer was cast as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Common as Green Lantern, Adam Brody as The Flash, Anton Yelchin as Kid Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter. However, the movie never made it into production and it was canceled about a year later due a denied tax rebate and the writers strike.
In a new interview with Yahoo, Common spoke about almost getting to play Green Lantern in Justice League Mortal.
In the midst of all these action roles you also once came really close to playing a superhero. You were cast as Green Lantern in George Miller’s Justice League movie. How close was that to happening?
Yeah, I was cast and we started rehearsals for the film. I went to Australia. I tried on the outfit and everything. It was heartbreaking, but it happened.
So somebody somewhere has photos of you in the Green Lantern costume?
You’re absolutely right.
What was the script like for that film?
The script was super-dope. It was intricate. And knowing George Miller was going to do it, you knew it was going to have that raw edge. But it had Superman, Aquaman, it had all of the characters really involved. Each one of them had moments and you got to know them. It was a strong piece.
With the news that Warner Bros. is working on a new Green Lantern movie featuring Hal Jordan and John Stewart, Common still has a desire to play the superhero.
I know you’ve said recently you’d still be interested in playing Green Lantern/John Stewart. Think that could happen?
I would love to, I’ll say that. That would be a blessing. That would be incredible to get the opportunity. But that’s up to the studio and DC and those guys to see who they feel is the right person. But it would be an incredible honor and I would be geeked for that character and that role. I would go to the highest with that role.
What do you think you’d bring to the role?
I would bring the humanity of who the person is, and the heart and soul of who John Stewart is, but also the [heroic qualities]. And I definitely think I could deliver when it comes to any of the action and the fighting.
Common appear as a criminal named “Monster T” in last year’s Suicide Squad, and was killed off by The Joker. That will probably hurt his chances of coming back to the same universe as Green Lantern, but you never know. I suppose there’s a slim chance it might happen.