The saga of Henry Cavill’s digitally removed moustache in “Justice League” continues as an apparent VFX artist from the film is speaking some more about it on Reddit.
Cavill grew a moustache for filming on Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible 6,” but the Joss Whedon-directed reshoots on Warner Brothers’ “Justice League” crossed over with that film’s shoot.
Cavill was under contract to keep his moustache intact, so the “Justice League” crew had to use visual effects to remove the actor’s facial hair, doing so by digitally recreating his lower face. The results, not helped by the film’s rushed production timetable, certainly weren’t seamless and are amongst the biggest giveaways as to which shots were from Snyder & which were from Whedon.
The Reddit source now claims that Warner Bros. Pictures offered to pay to have facial hair added to the actor’s face via CGI when he returned to shoot “Mission: Impossible 6” so he could shave it off for “Justice League”.
However Paramount Pictures declined despite the “Justice League” VFX team sending over some samples and claiming adding facial hair is reportedly much easier than subtracting it. Cavill himself has said that the stunts he does in “Mission: Impossible 6” make it frankly impossible to have a moustache put on via CGI or prosthetics.
The same source also says the talk of an alternate Zack Snyder edit of the film is bull:
“The film is found in the edit process, rarely does a director start shooting with the entire film plotted out. Some things work, some things don’t. There is no Snyder cut – obviously he had a rough edit in process when he left in February, but the reshoots were done 6 months after that, and he had no final version of the film. Sure, Zack would’ve probably done things differently to how the movie turned out, but that’s it. There isn’t a secret Zack version hidden somewhere. It just doesn’t exist. There is no cut.”
One change with the reshoots of course was the score with Danny Elfman coming onboard to compose the film’s music. A new fearturette about his contribution explores the process behind why he chose to re-introduce certain classic themes while retaining some of Hans Zimmer’s work:
“Justice League” is now in cinemas.