When it was announced that Superman would be resurrected in Justice League, fans immediately presumed he would be sporting a black outfit like in The Death and Return of Superman comic storyline. Sadly, this wasn’t the case, and Superman’s resurrection came with almost no consequences. This was apparently supposed to happen very differently, though, and scenes were reportedly filmed with Superman in a black suit.
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Those who have watched the movie know that the team resurrects Superman to gain more leverage against Steppenwolf. They do this by using the Kryptonian chamber and a Motherbox. When Superman returns, though, he doesn’t recognize the world or the people around him and begins to attack the League. This doesn’t last long because Lois Lane brings back Clark’s memory. After some time spent in Kansas, Superman shows up in the final fight with his bright blue suit and back to his normal self to save the day.
While many liked the more comic accurate approach to Superman in the movie, it was disappointing to see that his resurrection had virtually no consequences other than his brief attack on the League. Even more disappointing was the fact that a black suit was no where to be found. It was very obvious that most of the Superman scenes were reshot, so it’s hard to tell what Zack Snyder’s original intentions for the character were.
According to Mr. Sunday Movies, Superman was to be a completely different character than what we saw in the movie. He received an email from a reliable source who has a friend who worked on Justice League. The email details how scenes were filmed with Superman wearing a black suit, and how Superman was to be evil for a majority of the film, until the Motherbox gets destroyed.
“… he is adamant that Superman, when they were shooting that scene, was in a Black Suit! He also says that from his pages (of the script) Superman was basically the bad guy right until the end when the Motherbox gets destroyed, then Superman battles Steppenwolf.”
This sounds like it would’ve been a lot more interesting than what we got, and Superman would’ve been a better main villain than Steppenwolf. But it was probably reshot due to fan backlash saying that Superman wasn’t comic accurate. This would’ve been the exact opposite of what fans wanted to see, but sadly, the end result just feels a lot more rushed.
It would also make sense for the black suit have originally appeared in the film because Henry Cavill posted this image on his Instagram over a year ago. There would be no reason to tease it if it wasn’t planned to be in the film.
Mr. Sunday Movies does point out that this should be taken with a grain of salt, though. If all these Superman scenes were filmed, they would’ve had to reshoot the entire third act to end up with what they got. There have also been reports from VFX workers who said the black suit was never included in the film. We may never know the truth unless the much desired Zack Snyder Cut is released.
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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Amy Adams.