Anticipation has reached a fever pitch for DC fans who are counting down the days until November when they get to finally see their favourite superheroes join forces in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
While Warner Bros. has continued to roll out promotional material to give fans a taste of what’s to come, the production hasn’t quite wrapped. With the enormous success of Wonder Woman, more money is being poured into extensive reshoots to ensure the film holds up.
However, reshoots have proven to be problematic due to the in-demand cast being tied up in other productions. One star, in particular, Henry Cavill, has created a bit of a hiccup with the mustache he’s grown for a film that’s shooting simultaneously.
Variety has reported that the studio behind Justice League is spending approximately $25 million on reshoots, which is what it costs for the entire production of most mid-budget films. While reshoots are fairly standard for a major motion picture, the extra photography hasn’t been ideal for the film Superman.
In the hiatus, Cavill took on a role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film. The part required him to grow a mustache, which has proven to be difficult now that he has to juggle playing the fresh-faced Man of Steel concurrently.
The studio behind the upcoming Mission: Impossible sequel isn’t allowing Cavill to shave his mustache, which has forced Justice League to resort to digitally removing his facial hair in post-production for his new scenes.
While Warner Bros. may not find the expense behind Cavill’s mustache amusing, the Internet certainly does. The dilemma has sparked a clamour on social media with many people finding the whole ordeal hilarious.
Even M: I 6 director, Christopher McQuarrie, chimed in on the mustache commotion, tweeting, “In exactly one year you’ll understand: The only way to keep a fake ‘stache on Henry Cavill would be a liberal dose of staples.”
Superman himself posted a tongue-in-cheek Instagram to address how his facial hair somehow made its way into the pop culture zeitgeist. Cavill uploaded a picture from set to comedically set the record straight on the “mustache fiasco.”
Cavill captioned his Instagram, “Pictured above, is not a set on MI6 but is, in fact, the latest in a series of weapons being designed by Warner Bros. and Paramount Studios to combat the entity known as ‘Henry Cavill’s Moustache.’”
Production companies spend a significant amount of money to promote their films, but Warner Bros. and Paramount surely did not expect to get so much free publicity due to the facial hair of their shared star.