‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ Costume Designer Reveals Why The Black Suit Was Not Used

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It’s no secret that the Justice League film didn’t turn out exactly how Zack Snyder and co. planned, especially when it comes to all of the cut footage. With that being said, there are also some ideas that never saw the light of day early on in pre-production. One of them being Superman’s iconic black suit used when he’s resurrected in the comics.

Most fans had assumed we would see Henry Cavill don the costume in the film, especially since Zack Snyder is such a big fan of the source material. Some had thought that it was actually filmed at one point yet cut in post-production, but that also wasn’t the case. While speaking with Digital Spy, Justice League costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed why we only get a glimpse of the suit in a deleted scene as an easter egg, even though more originally planned.

“The black suit is something that has fascinated us as filmmakers from the get-go, We saw a glimpse of it in the nightmare sequence from Man of Steel when Superman was wading through skulls, and also in the deleted scene from Justice League where you do see Clark walking through the spaceship and it’s teased in the background.

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“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. 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.”

We did get multiple hints we would eventually see Supes wear the suit starting in Man of Steel, and I can see why it was a logical choice at first. However, having him wear a significantly darker suit may have made his return seem less hopeful than the filmmakers wanted it to be.

“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,” Wilkinson said. “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.”

 I certainly get his point about keeping the colors in tone with the film itself, so I don’t blame them for not using it. A part of me will always want to see how it would’ve played out someday, but I very much doubt we will. Superman’s future is bright though, even after the downfalls of Justice League. I’m sure we’ll get that Man of Steel sequel announced this year, so fingers crossed it comes out sooner rather than later.


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Source: Digital Spy

Justice League is currently available on Digital HD and on Blu-ray/4k.

Justice League – Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.


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