The Justice League may have more than Steppenwolf to worry about as it goes through extensive re-shoots. While the word “reshoots” still carries a stigma in fan circles it’s actually very common in tent-pole film-making. What isn’t common is the latest problem that new director Joss Whedon is facing with the return of Henry Cavill.
Cavill, who plays Superman, has had quite a huge mix-up with his schedules. He is currently filming the sixth Mission Impossible movie, and the Tom Cruise starring franchise apparently must have Cavill’s new moustache intact. Yes, you read that correctly. The film’s studio, Paramount, have stated that Cavill is contractually obliged to keep his facial hair as shaving it will halt his scenes. Since Cavill currently has to jump between the two blockbuster movies a solution had to be devised.
Said solution is the digital removal of Cavill’s forest of the top lip, in the editing room of Justice League. Since part of the films reshoots are to allow Whedon to punch up the script we can probably expect a self-effacing facial hair joke from the Man of Steel.
In more positive news, the DC Extended Universe had a triumphant Comic-Con. As well as releasing an action-packed new trailer: introducing the main villain Steppenwolf, and showcasing a continuation of the lighter tone introduced in Wonder Woman, DC took time to showcase their future plans for the franchise. Fans are also speculating about who the mysterious figure is at the end of the trailer that Alfred is talking too. Considering that Henry Cavill is confirmed to return, it’s probably Superman.
As well as Justice League footage, it was also announced that plans for the franchises next nine films are all getting under way. Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, and Green Lantern Corps were all confirmed. After the success of Wonder Woman the sequel, which will be directed by Patty Jenkins, was also confirmed, as well as The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and starring Ben Affleck who quashed rumours about stepping down as the Caped Crusader. The Flash movie, that is still without a director, has been titled Flashpoint, something that has fans theorising about what to expect from the reality splitting story. Many fans believe that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will reprise his role as Thomas Wayne who is Batman in the alternate universe that is created by Flashpoint in the comics.