It was the story that took DC fans by storm. When Justice League was announced to be going through re-shoots, it seemed as though everything would go off without a hitch. After all, re-shoots are nothing knew to massive Hollywood blockbusters. But then, it was revealed that Henry Cavill, aka Superman, who had been working on the latest Mission: Impossible film, would not be allowed to shave the mustache he grew for that film. Thus, Justice League would have to CGI the facial hair off his face.
The result? A really… really weird looking Henry Cavill who’s face looked so very disjointed. Fans have been clamoring for more information regarding the ordeal and now, Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie has spoken out.
In a tweet sent in the early morning, McQuarrie affirmed that his film made every attempt to accommodate the Justice League re-shoots production after being asked by a twitter user “There’s an elephant in the room: Who is to blame for the freaky looking Superman in JL by prohibiting Henry Cavill from shaving his MI mustache? You? Tom? Paramount? Would have been easier for him to wear a fake mustache than to make WB spend millions on CGI.” Check out McQuarrie ‘s response below:
I will talk about that in detail with @ChrisHewitt on the @empiremagazine spoiler podcast. The short answer: We made every effort to accommodate JL without negatively impacting our movie. There’s was nothing we could do. https://t.co/5SfrY2zVc9
— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 4, 2018
According to Warner Bros., they offered to pay for the post-production work to add a mustache back in for Mission: Impossible, since in theory, it is easier to add facial hair than remove it. Paramount didn’t go for it though, and so the VFX department behind Justice League had only a few months to work on removing it from the reshot footage. Evidently, that included quite a bit involving Superman though, so it seems they really needed more time.
While many fans have blamed Paramount for the issues of the film, it technically is not on them to help a rival studio with their film when production had already been completed. What’s worse is that the re-shot sequences with Superman’s weird face (helmed by Joss Whedon) were in fact some of the cheesiest and lousy moments in the film, leading many to question why the re-shoots were even necessary in the first place. Whatever the case may be, McQuarrie will have a lot more to say once his podcast interview with Empire drops in the coming months.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout crashes into theaters on July 27, 2018. Justice League is on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital now.