It’s easy to forget now, but in the lead up to Justice League’s release, there was a lot of chatter about Henry Cavill’s Superman donning a black suit in the film, but it was nowhere to be found in the final release. Four months later, costume designer Michael Wilkinson has revealed why it was left out.
Speaking to Digital Spy (via IGN), Wilkinson said that the idea of including the black suit was popular with Zack Snyder and the rest of Justice League’s creative team, as it would have drawn a direct parallel to the outfit worn by the character in the Death and Return of Superman story after he’s resurrected.
“When we were prepping Justice League, at first it seemed that it might be a logical choice for the look of Superman when he’s resurrected,” Wilkinson said. “Zack is extremely respectful and passionate about the depiction of Superman in comic books and graphic novels, and traditionally when he is resurrected, he is in the black suit.”
However, the overall tone of the movie ended up shifting as the project developed and it was decided that a more colorful image of Superman was needed, so the black costume was axed.
“But as the tone of the film developed and we were in pre-production, the filmmakers felt that the classic red and blue suit seemed more appropriate to our story and our script,” Wilkinson said. “It seemed that a more positive, upbeat image of Superman was what was needed – the idea of hope and that the world could in fact be saved was important, so that’s the direction that we went.”
If the filmmakers really wanted an upbeat image of Superman, they should have let Henry Cavill keep his awesome mustache instead of awkwardly removing it with CGI … but then, perhaps that’s a discussion for another day.
Justice League is available digitally and on home video now. What’s your stance on Zack Snyder’s DC ensemble flick now that it’s been out for awhile?
Source: Digital Spy