Why Superman Didn’t Wear the Black Suit in “Justice League”

When returning from the grave after his battle to the death with Doomsday in the comic books in 1993, Superman wore a black Kryptonian recovery suit. With the Man of Steel having perished in the film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, many fans thought that Superman’s return in “Justice League” would also see him wear a black “recovery suit” of some kind.

It didn’t happen… but “Justice League” costume designer Michael Wilkinson explained to Digital Spy why he ended up in the classic red and blue suit instead.

“The black suit is something that has fascinated us as filmmakers from the get-go,” he said. “We saw a glimpse of it in the nightmare sequence from Man of Steel when Superman was wading through skulls, and also in the deleted scene from Justice League where you do see Clark walking through the spaceship and it’s teased in the background.

“When we were prepping Justice League, at first it seemed that it might be a logical choice for the look of Superman when he’s resurrected. Zack is extremely respectful and passionate about the depiction of Superman in comic books and graphic novels, and traditionally when he is resurrected, he is in the black suit.

“But as the tone of the film developed and we were in pre-production, the filmmakers felt that the classic red and blue suit seemed more appropriate to our story and our script. It seemed that a more positive, upbeat image of Superman was what was needed – the idea of hope and that the world could in fact be saved was important, so that’s the direction that we went.”

“DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes” is on at The O2 London until September 9, 2018. For more information and tickets, please visit www.DCExhibition.co.uk.

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