After more than two years of speculation, red herrings and a little teasing by star Henry Cavill, many fans were disappointed that a resurrected Superman didn’t actually don his famed black costume in Justice League. For a glimpse of the costume, they had to be satisfied with concept art and a deleted scene, in which the Man of Steel strolls past the somber threads. However, it turns out the suit’s loss wasn’t a casualty of the editing process, or of the conflicting visions of directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon. Instead, it was abandoned earlier in the process.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Justice League costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that although filmmakers were “fascinated” by the black suit, made famous by DC’s “Death and Return of Superman” storyline, they quickly realized it didn’t fit with the story’s emerging tone.
“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,” he explained. “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. 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. 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.”
That would suggest that, even if a fabled “Snyder Cut” of Justice League is one day released, fans won’t see any more of the black suit than what’s glimpsed in the deleted scene.
Available now on digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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