In 2009, George Miller—better known at the time for his family friendly Babe & Happy Feet films than the Mad Max films that made him famous—announced that he would be doing a DC Comics movie, Justice League Mortal, with a cast of mostly unknowns and third tier actors (Adam Brody as Flash, Armie Hammer as Batman, etc). Oscar-winning rapper Common was attached to play John Stewart at one point, and while on the publicity tour for John Wick Chapter 2, the musician and actor gave us some interesting insights into what that Justice League film would have been like.
In a new interview with Yahoo!, Common reveals that the film was a lot further along than any of us realized and that there may be photos of him and his cast mates in costume out there somewhere.
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.
Common also said that he's open to potentially playing the role again should the character be involved in upcoming Green Lantern adventures, but I think we all doubt that will happen. He had an honest-to-goodness role in the DCEU already as tattooed guy that gets killed by Joker for falling into his stupid trap in Suicide Squad. Remember that? Yeah, me neither.
Anyway, unlike Jared Leto, Common isn't one to act like there was more footage of him on the cutting room floor, as he had this to say...
I know (Suicide Squad) was tweaked along the way. Were there scenes of yours left on the cutting room floor?
Nah, we saw it all. They might’ve cut the scene a little bit. They changed a little bit about how he went out, but at the end of the day I was still just in that one scene.
Well played, sir. Well played.