– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Yesterday I covered the somewhat outlandish way that the guy who was going to play Batman is George Miller’s aborted Justice League Mortal movie could end up under the cowl after all. Today I’ve got comments from another person who was destined for DC superhero glory in that movie, who would relish a similar opportunity.

Prior to Warner Bros. scrapping Justice League Mortal in 2009, several actors had already been cast for roles like SupermanWonder Woman, and Aquaman. Sets were being built, costumes fitted, and actors flown to Australia to begin production. Among them was actor-rapper Common, who had been hired to play the John Stewart version of Green Lantern.

As it turns out, he’s still down to play the role if WB/DC is interested…

Here’s what Common told IGN about his desire to play Stewart in a future Green Lantern or Justice League movie:

“John Stewart, the character, is amazing. When I had the opportunity of potentially being John Stewart, when we were working, I learned how he was part of the Green Lantern Corps and all that he was doing. He was kind of community-driven so I felt like, ‘Oh, man, I love this character.’ He used his mind to do a lot of things so I connected with him. I just love the character, but I don’t know, I haven’t talked to DC about it but, you know, hey! Yeah, I would love [to]. That would be an honor to play John Stewart.”

The performer repeatedly made it clear that he hadn’t had any recent talks with DC about getting that second chance, but with George Miller on the rumored list to take over The Batman‘s directing duties- and with his role as Executive Producer on Justice League- there’s a glimmer of a chance that he could use his reestablished clout at WB/DC to get Common back into the fold. 

You have to admit it’d be pretty hilarious if Armie Hammer and Common eventually end up back in the roles that got away from them when Justice League Mortal got scrapped eight years ago.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.