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.”

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sundevil82
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The nod would have been enough for me had they left it in the film, but alas, they had to appease the fool Kevin Tsujihara and cut it out so he could get his runtime and bonus. I hope the next people in charge put their characters over their universe and hire the right people to make the films. I feel for Snyder as a human, but he was probably not the right person to spearhead the entire universe. And joss whedon is completely overrated. He writes very cheesy dialogue and I was disappointed to find out that he was… Read more »
Phresh
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I never liked Kevin Tsujihara. I wish he was fired or he would just be honest and quit.

kal-bert
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Well, Warner has proved to be like the army. If you’re no one you can be fired for your mistakes. If you’re a high executive you won’t be fired, they’ll just send you to a different department. Which is what happened to Tsujihara.

Clark_Jo
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I wish we could put this to bed already, but I appreciate the article because it further proves that the black suit never made it past the concept art phase.

NeoRanger
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Never past the concept art phase, except, you know, the very expensive suit having actually been made and according to a cinematographer them having shot footage of the suit, even if it was just a test shoot.

sundevil82
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Not to mention it’s also in the background of the deleted scene. So we’re actually able to go see it right now!

Clark_Jo
Member

Well excuuuuuuuse me.
It never made it past the pre-production testing phase.
Better?

NeoRanger
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Yep, it actually is better. Sorry if I’m a stickler for this, but it makes a bit of a difference in understanding the tribulations the production had.

MIKE-EL
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As someone who studies film in college and is going into the industry professionally, thank you for understanding the difference in stages of production.

kal-bert
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They didn’t need to make a new one. They already had the previous one from MoS.