No piece of facial hair has had more written about it in recent times than Henry Cavill’s moustache which he grew for his role in the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film. A combination of delays with that film due to Tom Cruise’s injury, and with the extensive “Justice League” reshoots with Joss Whedon, Cavill had to keep the facial hair during the latter reshoots due to contracts.
As a result, the visual effects team for “Justice League” had to digitally remove the fuzzy caterpillar from every shot with Cavill’s face. In an interview with Fox 5 DC, Cavill explains that the VFX for removing the moustache is much simpler than you’d think:
“It’s nothing to cover it up. What we do is we try and pull it back from the top lip as much as possible, so they kind of wax it up, and then I have dots all over my face. And they try and put dots, which are barely visible, sort of in the various points on the face, which you would see them during normal — not face replacement — but whatever CGI aspect they may be applying to a face. And, yeah, I was covered in dots and had a big mustache. It was definitely a new look for Superman.”
The reshoots took place over the summer with several FX artists having worked on hiding that moustache in recent months. “Justice League” opens in cinemas on November 17th.