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‘Justice League’: Costume Designer Explains Why Superman Never Wore the Black Suit

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Following the death of Henry Cavill’s Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and filmmaker Zack Snyder’s confirmation that the Man of Steel would return in Justice League, long time comic books fans waited in anticipation to see if the movie would stay faithful to the source material by including Superman’s iconic black suit.

Originally appearing in DC’s Reign of the Supermen! – collected as The Return of Superman – the black Kryptonian suit helped Kal-El heal following his fatal confrontation with Doomsday in The Death of Superman. After healing in a Kryptonian regeneration matrix in the Fortress of Solitude, Superman returned to the world wearing the solar-absorbing black suit to help defeat Mongul and Cyborg Superman in Coast City.

As we all know, Superman’s return was handled quite differently in Justice League. Much to the disappointment of many fans, the black suit was absent for the entirety of the theatrical cut. However, it does make an appearance in a deleted scene for the movie, which can be watched below.

It was even revealed that there was a point during the development when the filmmakers considered including the black suit. Speaking with Digital Spy, costume designer Michael Wilkinson explained why the decision to have Superman don the black suit was ultimately reversed:

“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. 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. 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.”

Wilkinson’s quote makes it clear the idea was in play with Snyder, but that the classic colors were a much better fit for the story. The deleted scene ties hand in hand with the idea that the world has become a scary place in Superman’s absence. The character must make a conscious choice of what he stands for in his return. Choosing to stand as a beacon of hope, Superman returns to unite the League in the final battle against Steppenwolf. In saving the world, Superman shows that like him, truth, justice, and the American way are not dead.

Justice League is out now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Source: Digital Spy

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