Justice League's numerous production woes have been well-documented, from Zack Snyder stepping down from the project due to a family tragedy to Joss Whedon's extensive -- and expensive -- reshoots. Still, even the reported $25 million allocated to those reshoots wasn't enough for Warner Bros. to seamlessly remove Henry Cavill's mustache with CGI -- a feat fans were able to achieve with greater success for only $500 -- but according to the actor himself, he had no idea how much of a nightmare his Mission: Impossible 6 'stache would be for WB.
"I was slightly surprised," Cavill told Empire Magazine. "When we decided to go for the mustache, I certainly wasn't expecting all the events to unfold as they were going to unfold. I wasn't expecting Justice League reshoots to be as extensive as they were. When it came to that, it was one of those things where I'm in the middle of another movie, and to change my look for a movie that should have finished already becomes a real problem. And as you will see when the movie comes out, to have a fake mustache on would not have been a possibility. You'll think, 'Okay, yeah, a fake mustache would perhaps have been blown off in this situation.' Unfortunately, it led to much dismay when Justice League came out, but that's the nature of these things. You can't win every time."
Cavill, of course, grew the infamous mustache for his upcoming role in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 6, for which he was contractually prohibited from shaving his facial hair. Naturally, this caused a number of problems for WB when Cavill was called back in for additional photography.
This isn’t the first time the actor has addressed the entity known as Henry Cavill’s Mustache. He first broached the subject in July, soon after reports of the complicated Justice League reshoots, writing, “There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots, 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.”