Black Suit Superman Concept Art from “Justice League: Mortal”

Concept artist Matt Hatton shared the following image of Superman on his Instagram account.

Matt worked on the never-made “Justice League: Mortal” movie project, which was being directed by George Miller. He explains, “So about a decade ago I worked on the George Miller version of Justice League. Here’s a black suited Supes way before the Snyderverse. He was floating above a funeral – in that one it was Bats not Supes who’d ‘died’ (but not really)!”

Matt also shared a number of other pieces of artwork from his collection of drawings for this movie…

“Justice League: Mortal” was set to star D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, rapper/actor Common as Green Lantern, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, and Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul. The Writer’s strike in 2007 as well as a change in tax break advantages in Australia resulted in the project being cancelled.

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MattComics
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Kind of an interesting notion that Superman has a black version of his costume for an occasion like a funeral. But the main context that people want to see the black suit in is as part of his revival after being killed. (It’s also not a suit that has a cape.) IMO it’s not even something he should have on for the entirety of a movie but rather something we see him in at first and then build up to when he finally wears his colors and his cape again as a way of showing that his revival is complete.… Read more »
NeoRanger
Member

Interesting concept art. It was probably not supposed to be the final suit. There was a game in development at the time to be released with Mortal; look it up on Youtube, someone has done a fairly extensive video on it. I recall Superman showing up in that in a far more conventional costume.

I’m not a huge fan of the designs, but they are interesting and it did take DC a while to get one that works without the undies. It’s actually really interesting to me that the boots are like those in Rebirth.

Spidey2878
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I noticed the blue boots too. It is interesting.

Spidey2878
Member

Negative vote for boots? Whoever keeps giving me negative votes for no good reason, I’m starting to think has nothing better to do. I’m starting to think that this person isn’t even a real superman fan.

afriend
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I disagree that the lack of red trunks “streamlines” Superman. Partially because the red trunks lasted over 70 years and are such an iconic part of the design. The year and change of the “electric suits” aside, they’d always been part of the costume to the point it looks weird without them. Also, jokes aside they aren’t “underwear”, they’re trunks,and the extra layer they provide help with modesty if you know what I mean. Also they provide just enough extra red to balance out the blue. I think it’s the web reviewer Linkara who points out that they give him… Read more »
Randall
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From a pure design standpoint, it does “streamline” by definition (which means things are no longer competeing for your attention), but it also throws the costume horribly off balance and makes it look top heavy. The red boots and trunks add balance against the red accents from the upper torso. It doesn’t really matter on how the red manifests, whether it be trunk or something else, but it needs to be there, that’s just the way it is. And the red needs to be “significant”, which is why only a red belt struggles to look right (ala Supergirl’s Superman/New52), and… Read more »
sundevil82
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Yikes. While I liked the casting decisions and director, the story and this concept rot really make me glad this didn’t come to fruition.

MattComics
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From what I have read about the story the biggest strike against it for me is that it of course leans on the ol’ Superman gets mind-woogied and fights the team scenario. What I have seen of the script it really felt like a rough draft to me and clearly needed more work before even thinking about shooting.