The world will never be able to move past MustacheGate, at least if Justice League star Ben Affleck has anything to say about it.
In the new issue of Empire Magazine, which features the stars of Justice League on its cover, the Batman actor addressed co-star Henry Cavill's now-infamous facial hair, which Warner Bros. had to digitally remove from reshoot footage.
“It was a full-on porn-star mustache,” Affleck joked. “He looked like a porn star from the ’70s, just with a better body. It’s a different twist [on Superman].”
According to earlier reports, Cavill was contractually prohibited from shaving the mustache he grew for his role for Mission: Impossible 6, which meant it had to be removed in post-production from any additional scenes he filmed for Justice League. It was only one wrinkle in a complicated reshoot process that's been characterized as extensive and expensive, allegedly costing upwards of $30 million -- as opposed to the $6 million to $10 million typically budgeted for additional photography.
Cavill addressed "this moustache fiasco" in July with the appropriate level of seriousness, posting a photo from a soundstage of a large illuminated that he contended was built by Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures "to combat the entity know as ‘Henry Cavill’s Moustache.’"
"There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots," the Superman actor wrote, "simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic ‘stache. It is not a question of IF I should shave — it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us.”
Arriving Nov. 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.