I’ll be honest, this story made my week. Apparently, the reshoots for Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” are taking longer than anticipated, causing an incredibly amusing standoff between Paramount and Warner Bros. While reshoots usually take a week or two and cost $6-10 million, the studio has been doing reshoots for two months with a $25 million price tag, according to Variety. It seems Warner Bros. doesn’t want a repeat flop with “Justice League” like it had with “Suicide Squad,” another ensemble comic-inspired flick which was panned by critics.
But that’s not what makes this story great. It’s Henry Cavill’s mustache, and its survival. Because the reshoots have dragged on much longer than anticipated, the film’s stars have had to shift around their work schedules, with varying levels of success. Ben Affleck (“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) aren’t currently shooting other projects, which enables them to be available for any reshoots necessary. Ray Fisher (“The Astronaut Wives’ Club”) is a relative newcomer to the silver screen, so he’s also likely available. However, Ezra Miller (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), who plays the Flash, is in the midst of shooting the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel, which makes the reshoots difficult for him. Luckily the fantasy film is also a Warner Bros. project, the studio can balance out his schedule so he’s able when needed.
But Cavill is shooting the “Mission: Impossible” sequel, in which his character sports a rather obvious, though glorious, mustache. And this has proved troublesome for “Justice League,” in which Cavill portrays clean-cut Superman. Evidence of Cavill channeling Magnum P.I. below.
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Paramount, the studio distributing the “Mission: Impossible” followup, refuses to let Cavill shave the mustache, and Warner Bros. will be forced to digitally remove the facial hair in post-production. Who knows how much more money will be poured out for the CGI work, all because the studios couldn’t agree to let Cavill shave the mustache and wear a false one for the last bit of the “Mission: Impossible” sequel.
The entire debacle has delighted DC fans, according to Buzzfeed, and has also let the cat out of the bag on Cavill’s return to the DC universe. In his previous appearance in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Cavill’s Superman heroically sacrificed himself and is supposedly presumed dead. While fans got a hint at his return from the official trailer that debuted at SDCC this weekend, Warner Bros. has refused to say whether or not Cavill returns. But by now, it’s rather obvious Superman will be making a triumphant returns, sans mustache.
Imagining Paramount and Warners execs screaming at each other about Henry Cavill's mustache is my favorite part of Justice League. https://t.co/SZIzWegkOD
— Sarah Marrs (@Cinesnark) July 24, 2017
On a separate note, rumors are also flying about a possible producing or screenplay credit for Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”), who has been overseeing the reshoots. Director Zack Snyder bowed out of the project after principal photography due to a family tragedy, and Whedon has done a significant amount of work on “Justice League” without a guaranteed credit for it. The only recent precedent for such a situation happened during the production of “Rogue One,” when Tony Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”) stepped in after original director Gareth Edwards left. Gilroy earned a screenwriting credit for the reshoot work, according to Variety.
In any case here’s hoping for “Justice League” to be everything DC fans have been hoping for. “Justice League” premieres Nov. 17. Watch the official trailer below.