There are many reasons why Justice League turned out to be a mess of a film. However, one of the most poked at problems is Henry Cavill’s moustache which had to be removed via CGI. This lead to an “uncanny upper lip” look from Superman that left fans both amused and annoyed. Now, Cavill himself opens up about the whole debacle.
Talking to Empire Magazine (via ComicBookMovie), Cavill explains:
When we decided to go for the moustache, 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 moustache on would not have been a possibility. You’ll think, ‘Okay, yeah, a fake moustache 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.”
It is worth noting that WB did offer to digitally add a moustache on Cavill for his work on Mission Impossible 6, and even gave them a test reel of shots of Cavill with a digital moustache. Surely a CG moustache wouldn’t have so easily been blown away. For now, fans are just thinking that Paramount refusing to let Cavill shave was a petty move on their part.
Some fans, however, still try to look at the positive side of “uncanny upper lip” Superman. The upper lip helped tell fans which scenes were part of the original Snyder cut. Because of the stache, fans could tell which scenes were added later on with the extensive reshoots. Either way, people still want to see Zack Snyder’s original vision for Justice League.
For now, catch Cavill and his infamous moustache when Mission Impossible: Fallout hits theaters July 27.