- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 31, 2017

A mind-controlled Superman brutally beating up Wonder Woman was one scene envisioned for a long-scuttled concept for a “Justice League” movie.

Dreamed up by director George Miller, the film concept, with the working title “Justice League Mortal” was supposed to involve a climactic scene where the movie’s villain, Maxwell Lord, takes control of Superman’s mind and forces the Man of Steel into fight with the Amazonian princess, breaking her wrists in the process, actor Jay Baruchel, who was to have played Lord, said in a recent podcast interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A giddy Mr. Baruchel also explains that the Wonder Woman character set for the film — to have been played by Australian actress and model Megan Gale — was a decidedly more ruthless character than Gal Gadot’s recent incarnation.

“The first time you see Wonder Woman, the opening scene on Themyscira, it was just her. It’s her on top of a steed … and she stood about half a kilometer away from a Minotaur. The Minotaur has a battle-ax in his hand and she just rushes him,” Mr. Baruchel said on the Aug. 30 edition of MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, according to THR.

“All the Amazons are there cheering her on, and she just beheads him. Gets off her steed … holds up the Minotaur thing and doesn’t say a goddamned thing. It’s like, ‘That’s the Wonder Woman I want to see!’ It would have been special.”

The project, which was announced in 2007 and was slated for a 2009 release, was ultimately scrubbed in part due to a Hollywood writers’ strike, THR said.

This fall’s release of “Justice League,” by contrast, involves Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Batman (Ben Affleck) assembling together a team of superheroes to combat a growing threat.

Justice League” is slated to open in North American movie theaters on Nov. 17.

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