Australia has a great business model for attracting films with a uniquely Australian voice – it offers them tax breaks. Great, big tax breaks. This method is nothing new. It’s the reason Canada became the new Hollywood, and then New Orleans became the new Hollywood, and then Austin became the new Hollywood. For Australia, though, the goal isn’t to allow just any old production onto its shores.
One of the films that won’t be getting a tax break is George Miller’s Justice League Mortal adaptation. And the hits just keep on coming. Miller claims that he’ll be appealing the decision, decrying the millions in lost revenue opportunities for Oz and saying, “It feels to me like I’m not fighting for this film. I’m fighting for the Australian film industry.”
But who honestly believes that? And who thought that this movie was ‘Australian’ enough to qualify in the first place? It seems like the production was grasping at straws from the start on this one. The process of deciding what films receive the tax incentives is unclear, but when Australia, a film directed by an Australian, starring two Australians, set in Australia and named Australia has to go in front of the Federal Government to prove its case, Justice League had about as much chance of seeing that money as The Wonder Twins do of getting their own spin-off feature.
George Miller had better hope that Krypton is offering tax breaks because he at least has an honest shot there. Unless Superman isn’t in the movie. Which he might not be.
With this latest blow to the production, one has to wonder whether this thing is going to have broken wings before it even gets off the ground. Unfortunately, it seems that even if your director is Australian, and you’ve hired on two hot Aussie chicks like Megan Gale and Teresa Palmer to play dress-up in spandex, you still have to pay full price down under.