Before he stepped down, Justice League director Zack Snyder shot scenes featuring Henry Cavill in the iconic black Superman costume from The Death and Return of Superman. However, the scenes were ultimately cut from the movie, according to the film’s cinematographer Fabian Wagner, who has called for a Snyder cut of the movie in the past.
“There were [scenes shot],” Wagner confirmed to Inverse. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.” Seeing as the DC Extended Universe killed Superman on screen, some fans hoped Snyder would use the black suit, especially with Cavill teasing it on his Instagram. Unfortunately, all the footage ended up on the cutting room floor, along with other fanboy moments as indicated by Wagner.
“Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut,” he added, also referencing the scene from trailers where Alfred spoke to a mysterious character that we never got to see in the film. Many thought it was Superman returning, but some also speculated it was the debut of a Green Lantern. Maybe all will be revealed if the Snyder cut that fans are petitioning for somehow manages to sees the light of day.
Following his death at the hands of Doomsday, the Man of Steel returned to life in 1993’s Superman: The Man of Steel #25, donning this black costume with a silver “S.” However, in the DCEU, his triumphant return to fight Steppenwolf saw Cavill’s Kal-El wearing an updated version of the classic blue-and-yellow suit from 2013’s Man of Steel.
In theaters now, 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.