The Justice Lease is a sobering character study of the real life versions of Superman, Batman, Aquaman and Hulk as they fail to live up to the versions of themselves on the silver screen.

Throughout the two seasons, creators Jeremy Brull and Paul Ayre explore the superhero’s domestic obligations and petty bickering as they live together in a Sydney share house.

Comic adaptations and remakes are hugely popular in film and TV at the moment, are there any remakes that you particularly love or hate?
JEREMY
: I’m actually obsessed with comic book films and I love how they’re currently top dog! When I think about how embarrassing it was to love comic book movies back in 1997 after Batman & Robin came out, I feel quite vindicated now! At the moment, I love what Marvel are doing and I think Captain America: Civil War was an incredible example of economic storytelling and juggling multiple characters.

PAUL:
I can take ’em or leave ’em.

What do you want audiences to take away from your series?
JEREMY: Honestly? Underneath all the jokes and comic book references, this really is just a story about how suffocating it can be to live up to other people’s expectations. Can you imagine the kind of pressure Batman would be under? No wonder he’s so broken!

PAUL:
There is absolutely nothing worthwhile you could take away from this series and to say otherwise is folly.

How do you finance your series?
JEREMY: Well, on April 1, 2014 the first series of The Justice Lease won a metric shitload of money – 70,000 Euros – from a festival called Viewster! Obviously, it being April 1, I was initially sceptical at the time. Since then, we’ve dug into our own pockets and also generously been supported by A­List Entertainment and Envisage IT!

Is your series an ongoing project? If so, can you give us some clues about what comes next?
JEREMY: I’d want to go the Marvel versus DC route. With Marvel characters being the jocks of our world. We have a number of storylines in our heads including introducing The Joker, who would be played by David Collins from The Umbilical Brothers!

Please tell us a quirky and/or interesting fact about yourself or team that’s unrelated to your web series?
JEREMY: Paul and I actually started working together back in 2004, making experimental comedy shows at UNSW!

PAUL:
I once convinced Jeremy that telepathy was real. For about a week. Not even joking.

In what ways do you utilise social media to further your brand?
JEREMY: We share our videos on Facebook. And we are in the process of figuring out how to properly use Twitter. That is literally it.

PAUL:
Do you know how to use Twitter? We could use a twitter person. Hashtag lol. Hashtag legit cry for help.

Are there any web series, other than your own that inspire you?
JEREMY: Bondi Hipsters inspired us since 2011! And BedHead! Right now, I freaking love The Katering Show and I watch Aunty Donna compulsively. To be in the same category as these comedic titans is a real thrill!

PAUL:
I hate anyone that can be perceived as a threat to me.

What’s your background as a content creator? And how did you approach this project differently to previous projects?
JEREMY: After many years in theatre, 7 years ago I spent my lifesavings on camera gear and taught myself how to be a film­maker. Through a lot of trial and error, I’ve learned how to make comedy work on screen.

This project was vastly different to anything I’ve ever done before – it’s my first attempt at doing something akin to a feature film (the overall series is 75 minutes long). It was also my first time working with visual effects – which was a rewarding, but hugely challenging process.

PAUL: I approached this project in the same near­sighted manner I approach all areas of my life. With short-sightedness, unbridled intensity and with no real plan on how to make it viable in any way shape or form.

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