Back in black? Not exactly.
Despite scores of rumors and half-baked story claims, Justice League never alluded to Black Suit Superman in any shape or form, leaving fans to wonder what could have been. And just as Henry Cavill teased viewers via Instagram throughout the film’s storied (messy?) production – not to mention those Justice League merchandise items depicting a black-suited Man of Steel – cinematographer Fabian Wagner has confirmed that, yes, Cavill donned the famous armor on set. It just didn’t make the cut.
That’s something that can be said about a lot of Justice League content, given Warner Bros. reportedly placed a two-hour mandate on its DC mega-movie soon after Joss Whedon replaced Zack Snyder at the helm. Word is the studio is now planning to release a Superman trilogy that bundles together Henry Cavill’s three DCEU appearances thus far: Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Justice League. But the real kicker is that WB may include an extended cut of JL in that as-yet-unconfirmed Blu-ray package.
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Perhaps then we’ll get a peek at Henry Cavill suited and booted as the mythical Black Suit Superman? Here’s what Fabian Wagner had to share:
There were [scenes shot]. It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.
This isn’t the first time that Wagner has weighed in on Justice League‘s more contentious issues, either; late last month, the Game of Thrones DP voiced his support of the fan petition asking Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s director’s cut, though there’s still no update on that front just yet.
In related news, Justice League continues to perform remarkably well overseas, considering that international territories have accounted for 64 percent of the film’s total haul thus far ($572 million). And there’s even been confirmation of a record-breaking performance in China.