Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League released recently and it has proven to be a phenomenal success as both fans and critics have lauded it. One of the highlights of the film was undoubtedly Superman, who saw a huge change in comparison to 2017’s Justice League.
In the original version, Superman was seen wearing his classic red and blue suit after he was revived. This was met with a lot of criticism from fans and this led to the suit being completely changed in the Snyder Cut. In Snyder’s version, Superman was seen wearing his iconic black suit.
While speaking to ScreenRant, Visual Effects Supervisor Anders Langlands revealed that they replaced the suit with a completely digital version.
“Making the suit black is relatively easy [by re-colouring]. But making the S that silver color is not, just because it was getting brighter and more reflective,” Anders said. “I think some shots, yes, we did use rotoscoping–your lasso tool–and change the color. There was that shot in the trailer of Superman coming out of the Scout Ship wearing the black suit for the first time, and that we did just by tracing around it and changing the color.
A lot of the rest of them were fully digital suits, because it ends up being easier to get. Otherwise, you end up–especially when there’s lots of different lights on the character–in a situation where you’re pulling it around so much that it starts to look very muddy. You end up with something that’s a black suit, but it just looks a bit funky for some reason. It just doesn’t look very nice. Having it be fully digital gives you a lot more control, and it just looks better at the end of the day.”
It is unlikely fans will get to see Henry Cavill act as Superman again after the Snyder Cut. However, anything is possible after the huge success shown by the Snyder Cut against all odds.