‘Justice League’ Originally Featured Superman’s Black Suit, But Gave Us That Weird CGI Face Instead

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At this point, it’s safe to say Justice League is a misfire. Critics didn’t care for it, it underperformed at the box office to the point that it’s caused a shake-up behind the scenes at Warner Bros., and all anyone wanted to talk about was Henry Cavill‘s weird CGI face hiding his mustache. As rumors abound about deleted scenes, cinematographer Fabian Wagner confirms that the film originally featured Superman black suit scenes, recalling the outfit used for Superman’s resurrection in the comic books following The Death of Superman arc. At some point, this idea got scrapped. Sorry, everyone. More details about the Superman black suit in Justice League are below. 

As I sat in the theater watching Justice League, only one thought came to mind: “The only thing that could improve this movie would be a scene where Superman shows up wearing a black suit instead of his traditional blue one.” Okay, I’m lying, I didn’t think that at all. But some hardcore Superman fans had long hoped that when Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel returned from the grave, he’d slap on the famous black suit that appeared one point in the comics. And it seems this wasn’t just a fan dream: scenes involving the Superman’s black suit were actually filmed. At least that’s what Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner claims. Speaking with The Inverse, Wagner said “There were [scenes shot]…It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”

Superman’s black suit has a basis in the comics. After the character returned from the dead as part of the Death of Superman arc, he adopted a cape-free black suit with a big silver shield. He also let his hair grow wild and long, because when you come back from the dead you’re allowed to get a little carefree. Here’s an image that confirms all these silly things I’m saying:

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Alas, Superman’s black suit was just not to be. It ended up on the digital cutting room floor, like apparently so many other scenes did. As Wagner also confirms (and what everyone knows by this point): there are “quite a few scenes” that didn’t make it into the theatrical cut of Justice League, and that reshoots drastically altered the film over time. I’m sure there are plenty of Superman fans who bemoaning this news, but if you honestly think a scene giving Superman a different suit would’ve improved Justice League, I don’t really know what to tell you. The film had plenty of problems, but Superman’s costume wasn’t one of them. That said, maybe the scenes with Superman’s black suit will turn up on the Blu-ray release and give fans the alternate costuming they crave.

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How Did Superman Return From the Dead in Comics? | CBR

One of the worst-kept secrets of director Zack Snyder’s Justice League is that Superman returns from the grave, following his sacrifice in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Comics fans are accustomed to superheroes coming back from the dead, so it’s no big surprise, but how he comes back is still a mystery. Of course, the Man of Steel also famously died in comic books 25 years ago, so we thought it would be worthwhile to revisit Superman’s resurrection in the comics, to see whethre any of the same machinations of his return will also occur in the film.

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After Superman died fighting against the horrific monster known as Doomsday, DC Comics’ Superman titles quickly began to address how the world reacted to his death with “Funeral for a Friend.” It was a depressing series of issues, made even more so because it ended with Superman’s adopted father, Jonathan Kent, collapsing of a heart attack, right before the books then took a three-month hiatus, leaving Pa Kent’s fate a mystery. The story then picked up in Adventures of Superman #500 (the last issue written by Jerry Ordway, who was the sole remaining creator from the reboot of the Man of Steel in 1986). Pa Kent is in some version of the afterlife, where he encounters his adopted son and decides that rather than head back to his own life, he will instead risk everything to save his son. Jonathan then travels through a series of encounters with the horrors of his past (fighting in the war as a young man) and Kryptonian demons before ultimately getting Superman to agree to fight to live again. The two men then choose to forgo “going into the light” and instead try to return to the land of the living together.

Jonathan then awakens in a hospital, having seemingly been shocked back to life, with his experience chalked to a dream. However, he is convincing enough that Lois Lane flies back to Metropolis and checks out Superman’s tomb … and discovers that his body is not there!

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That, of course, then led into the storyline known as the “Reign of the Supermen,” in which three of four new characters arrived, claiming they were a returned Superman, in a fashion (one of them, John Henry Irons, only claimed he was carrying on Superman’s legacy as a superhero. One of them claimed to be a cyborg version of Superman, as his original body had been too badly damaged by Doomsday. Another claimed to be a clone of the original Superman. The final one claimed that he had been changed by death into becoming more of a ruthless vigilante.

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From: https://www.cbr.com/justice-league-superman-return-from-dead-comics/

Well, that’s a bummer: a black-suited Superman was filmed but not used in Justice League

Mild spoilers for Justice League ahead!

Although he perished at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, pretty much everyone knew the last son of Krypton was coming back for Justice League. In the comics, Superman dies at the hands of Doomsday only to come back a year later with a sweet new jet-black costume – so naturally fans expected the same to happen in the films. Only… it didn’t. Why?

Speaking to Inverse, Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner said that scenes featuring Superman in his black suit were indeed filmed, but were not used in the final cut. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut,” Wagner said. “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”

It’s interesting Wagner specifically calls out Zack Snyder, who helmed Justice League until a family tragedy resulted in his replacement by Joss Whedon. There’s a lot of discontent rumbling over how much of the movie is Snyder’s work and how much is Whedon’s (and whose approach is better), so Wagner mentioning the former but not the latter may pour some gasoline on that forum fire.

While I think the odds of a ‘Zack Snyder cut’ version of the movie happening are miniscule (despite a Change.org petition which now has upward of 150k signatures), I admit that I would like to see the so-very-90s black suit on film. Preferably with Cavill sporting a flowing mullet, as is true to the comics.

Of course, maybe you liked Justice League as it is. That’s fine too! If that’s the case, maybe you can answer the questions we still have, or discuss the implication of the Justice League post-credits scene?

From: http://www.gamesradar.com/well-thats-a-bummer-a-black-suited-superman-was-filmed-but-not-used-in-justice-league/

Batman And Superman Build A Friendship In This Week’s Best New Comics

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With their run on Batman, Tom King and Mikel Janin have delved into issues of great seriousness and explored the psyches of supervillains. And now, with Batman #36, out today from DC Comics, they explore a problem not even Batman is prepared for: the couples’ outing with your coworker!

Joking aside, King and Janin are going lighter here, obviously, but the issue touches on deeper, more relatable concerns. King and Janin contrast how Superman and Batman view each other. They’re both orphans, and both are at once impressed and intimidated with how the other has constructively dealt with their pain to become heroes. And there’s the other aspect, of course, considering Batman is engaged to Catwoman and Superman is married to, and has a son with, intrepid reporter Lois Lane. We’ve talked before about how Superman is such a contrast to Batman he’s practically a Batman villain, but this issue highlights just why they’d be, however awkwardly, friends.

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Sleepless #1, Image Comics

The publication of The Silmarillion was the worst thing to ever happen to fantasy. The fantasy genre’s obsession with world-building, at the expense of those living in it, is especially glaring in comic books. Sarah Vaughn and Leila De Luca, though, take just the opposite tack. They offer a rough idea of what the title of this comic is about, but it’s far more important to them that you understand how our heroine, Poppy, feels and what’s happening to her. It makes the book far more compelling than most fantasy comics on the stands, and De Luca’s clever spins on medieval imagery give the book a high fantasy feel.

Iceman #8, Marvel

Bobby Drake is out of the closet, and so is his younger self, the one thrown forward in time. So it’s natural to want to try and build a relationship with the Drake parents, right? Sina Grace and Robert Gill take what could be typical convoluted comic book weirdness and make it genuinely touching. While Grace’s wit is in full effect here — Bobby at one point literally freezing — the younger Bobby’s freakout at his parents and their attitudes has more of a sting to it. It illustrates why, exactly, it took so long for Iceman to admit the truth about himself — to himself or others.

The Mighty Crusaders #1, Archie Comics

Ian Flynn and Kelsey Shannon revive Archie’s superheroes in what seems, at first, to be an unreconstructed team book straight from the Silver Age. Flynn, who spent years writing the highly popular Sonic The Hedgehog comics, begins to shift the focus once the team’s done beating up a human/dinosaur hybrid, however, and we discover that it’s really about how running a team is a messy, complicated business both literally and emotionally. Shannon has some clean, fun heroic art, and this is a good basis to see if Archie’s heroes can finally stick.

Rocko’s Modern Life #1, BOOM! Studios

The cartoon our parents really should not have let us watch has returned in comic book form. Ryan Ferrier and Ian McGinty have the unenviable task of updating the edgy ’90s comedy without losing the tone, and they pull it off. McGinty keeps the design of the show while putting his own spin on it, and Ferrier nails the anxious cringe comedy as Rocko, a nervous wallaby, is fired from his job and has to discover new and more humiliating depths.


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    Thanks Dan. I’m in for Batman #36 and Paradiso #1.

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Alan Moore’s Classic Superman ‘Villain’ Makes Its DC Rebirth Return

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Aquaman Annual #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Max Fiumara, in stores now.


In Dan Abnett and Stjepan Sejic’s Aquaman, the Justice Leaguer is currently a man without a crown. He is living in hiding, taking part in a rebellion fighting the ruthless rule of Atlantis’ new monarch, King Corum Rath. But in last week’s Aquaman Annual #1, we saw a story that was detached from this conflict, one whose place in DCU continuity isn’t exactly pinpointed. Instead, the annual tells a beautiful and haunting one-and-done story that saw the return of a classic Superman villain (of sorts): the Black Mercy.

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The story starts as a pretty standard tale before taking a seemingly inexplicable jump forward dozens of years into the future. No longer are Arthur and Mera a young couple, and no longer is Atlantis a submerged nation. This look into the future shows us a much older and greying King Arthur and Queen Mera along with their young son, Prince Tom. Together, they rule over Atlantis, which has just finished construction of the Crownspire, a new division of the nation that is both under and over the water, the perfect middle-point to create peace between Atlanteans and humans.

It doesn’t take long for readers to catch on that this look into Aquaman’s future isn’t exactly right. Things are a bit off, and this idealistic life quickly starts to come apart at the seams. At the mid-point of the comic, we realize why: This future is a lie, perpetrated by the Black Mercy, which has both Arthur and Mera roped in its parasitic grasp, leagues below sea level.

Aquaman Annual Black Mercy

The Black Mercy first appeared in 1985’s Superman Annual #11 story “For The Man Who Has Everything” by legendary creators Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and colorist Tom Ziuko. An alien plant that latches itself onto a host, the Mercy plunges its victim into a dream-like stupor, presenting the sleeping victim with a perfect life in which the dreamer is fully happy as the plant feeds. It’s incredibly dangerous and has proven to be quite the obstacle to overcome. Moore and Gibbons’ story saw Clark Kent taken to a world where Krypton had never been destroyed, where he had a life and a family, and though it was entirely false, it proved incredibly hard to leave behind.

Mongul Superman and the Black Mercy in For the Man Who Has Everything

The Black Mercy is a noteworthy adversary because it truly gives its host another life, one that is heartbreaking and incredibly difficult to abandon. Such is very much the case for Arthur Curry and Mera of Xebel in the Aquaman Annual, who slowly begin to realize that the son they have isn’t real. In order to survive, to break free of the Black Mercy, they have no choice but to sacrifice the child they thought they had, and leave him behind. The two are then left to mourn someone who was never real, but who also meant the world to them.

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The Annual’s story proved to be a classic, eventually being adapted for the Justice League animated series as well as the Melissa Benoist-led Supergirl. The Black Mercy has made sporadic appearances in various comic book titles over the years, including a 2016 return in DC’s Trinity series. However, what’s curious about this appearance is that it wasn’t used by an adversary. The Mercy was simply mysteriously living in the deepest trenches of the ocean, leading readers to wonder if, perhaps, there’s more to this story that has yet to be told.

From: https://www.cbr.com/aquaman-alan-moore-superman-black-mercy/

Justice League Superman Is Closer to the Comics Says Henry Cavill

With Warner Bros.’ Justice League currently in theaters, star Henry Cavill has been speaking about his portrayal of Superman. The actor recently revealed in a new interview that he thinks his portrayal of Superman is closely matched to the Superman comics from DC. Here’s what the actor had to say in an interview for the book Justice League: The Art of the Film.

“For me, [Justice League] in particular has really drawn closer to the Superman character who we know and recognize from the comic books. I’ve enjoyed playing that enormously, playing that character of hope and optimism, inspiration and example.”

One of the post-credit scenes came straight from the comics as well. The first post-credit scene teased an iconic race around the country between The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Superman (Henry Cavill), the second hinted that the Legion of Doom could be just around the corner. This scene in question featured our first official look at Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello, who was seen boarding a yacht, meeting none other than Lex Luthor, who found some way to escape from Arkham Asylum. The scene ends with Lex telling Slade that they should form a “league of their own,” referring to the Legion of Doom. According to a recent report, Warner Bros. has taken note in the interest surrounding this scene, and are now trying to use that “as the connective tissue” for the next few DCEU projects, including next year’s Aquaman.

While this Legion of Doom has not exactly been confirmed by the studio, Joe Manganiello himself seemingly started this Legion of Doom hype train by posting a photo of himself, during a taping of Critical Role in October, wearing a Legion of Doom t-shirt that used the same font as Justice League. The actor is still on board, taking to Instagram to post the first official Deathstroke photo from that Justice League post-credit scene, while Deathstroke co-creator Marv Wolfman offered high praise for how Joe Manganiello looked as this iconic villain, who he created alongside George Perez back in 1980. Still, using Deathstroke as one of the catalysts to start the Legion of Doom is interesting since he wasn’t part of this team in the first place.

The Legion of Doom was first created for the 1978 animated series Challenge of the Super Friends for Hanna-Barbera, which was based on the Justice League comics, and was ultimately brought into the DC Comics as well. The original team did include Lex Luthor, and also the Black Manta character, who will be played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Aquaman. It’s possible that Warner Bros. could be planning for a post-credit scene that involves Lex Luthor and/or Deathstroke recruiting Black Manta for their team, but the biggest theory from this report claims that this Legion of Doom will effectively replace the studio’s plans for the iconic villain Darkseid. Still, that has not been confirmed, but if the Legion of Doom is coming, it could include other characters like Bizarro, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Riddler, Scarecrow, Sinestro and Toyman.

There has also been a lot of talk about the Justice League mustache controversy, which may have been one of the reasons why the movie has faltered at the box office, but it’s possible that superhero fatigue may be another reason as well. Screen Rant first came across this interview and we’ll have to wait and see if more details about Superman in Justice League will come forth. We’ll also keep you posted on any updates regarding the sequel so stay tuned.

From: https://movieweb.com/justice-league-movie-superman-comic-book-adaption/

1st Superman Comic Book Up For Auction Along With Memorabilia

A well-preserved issue of the 1938 comic book that first featured Superman is heading to the auction block, along with dozens of other Superman memorabilia.

Profiles in History announced Friday that it will sell a copy of Action Comics #1 at a Dec. 19 auction in Los Angeles. The comic, which features Superman hoisting a car over his head on its cover, is expected to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

The auction house says the comic is in its original condition and has been rated in fine/very fine condition.

The sale comes a few months before the 80th anniversary of Superman’s debut.

Other Superman memorabilia the auction will be featuring includes a costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in 1983’s “Superman III,” the Superman costume worn by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns,” and a hand painted Superman comic cover created by the original artist.

The Man of Steel is back on the big screen this week in “Justice League.”

From: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/1st-Superman-Comic-Book-Up-For-Action-Along-With-Memorabilia--459379983.html

1st Superman Comic Book Up For Auction Along With Memorabilia

A well-preserved issue of the 1938 comic book that first featured Superman is heading to the auction block, along with dozens of other Superman memorabilia.

Profiles in History announced Friday that it will sell a copy of Action Comics #1 at a Dec. 19 auction in Los Angeles. The comic, which features Superman hoisting a car over his head on its cover, is expected to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

The auction house says the comic is in its original condition and has been rated in fine/very fine condition.

The sale comes a few months before the 80th anniversary of Superman’s debut.

Other Superman memorabilia the auction will be featuring includes a costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in 1983’s “Superman III,” the Superman costume worn by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns,” and a hand painted Superman comic cover created by the original artist.

The Man of Steel is back on the big screen this week in “Justice League.”

From: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/multimedia/1st-Superman-Comic-Book-Up-For-Action-Along-With-Memorabilia--459379983.html

1st Superman Comic Book Up For Auction Along With Memorabilia …

A well-preserved issue of the 1938 comic book that first featured Superman is heading to the auction block, along with dozens of other Superman memorabilia.

Profiles in History announced Friday that it will sell a copy of Action Comics #1 at a Dec. 19 auction in Los Angeles. The comic, which features Superman hoisting a car over his head on its cover, is expected to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

The auction house says the comic is in its original condition and has been rated in fine/very fine condition.

The sale comes a few months before the 80th anniversary of Superman’s debut.

Other Superman memorabilia the auction will be featuring includes a costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve in 1983’s “Superman III,” the Superman costume worn by Brandon Routh in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns,” and a hand painted Superman comic cover created by the original artist.

The Man of Steel is back on the big screen this week in “Justice League.”

From: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/1st-Superman-Comic-Book-Up-For-Action-Along-With-Memorabilia--459379983.html

Action Comics Sets the Stage for Superman Vs. Doctor Manhattan Fight

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Action Comics #992 by Dan Jurgens, Rob Williams, Will Conrad, Hi-Fi and Rob Leigh, on sale now.

Superman is more broken and beaten than he has been in years, and it all happened without anyone laying a punch on the Man of Steel. He’s still dealing with the return of his father Jor-El in the form of Mr. Oz and just as he accepted that the man manipulating the heroes of the DC Universe was in fact his father, Jor-El was taken from him again at the behest of his mysterious benefactor.

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But though Superman is at the kind of disadvantage he’s never before experienced, rather than rest on his laurels he’s investing his full time and energy into discovering how Jor-El survived Krypton. As a result, he’s moving closer and closer to the being that’s been pulling his strings for the last six years.

World’s Finest

While Superman is facing one of the toughest challenges he’s ever encountered, he doesn’t have to face it alone. The Man of Tomorrow may be spending much of his time in his headquarters brooding and going over the evidence again and again, but he has a best friend who’s a more than a little familiar with that kind of behaviour who wants to make sure that Superman is doing okay. Batman isn’t just there for moral support though, he’s been going through his own trials and tribulations with the mysterious manipulator behind-the-scenes.

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Batman and The Flash’s run-in with the Flashpoint timeline as a result of the Comedian’s button piqued The Dark Knight’s interest, and Mr. Oz’s involvement in the abduction of Tim Drake has solidified any doubts he may have. As he tells Superman, “something is wrong with time” which is something we’re seeing all over the DC Universe. There’s multiple future Batmen running around in the present day, The Titans are facing off against an evil Donna Troy from an alternate timeline, The Flash’s clash with Professor Zoom took him all over the timestream, someone is messing with the past, present and future of the world and the World’s Finest aren’t going to let that rest.

No Evil Shall Escape My Sight

Thankfully, Superman is close-friends with people high up the chain of command in the universe’s intergalactic police force, and as such has asked Hal Jordan of the Green Lantern Corps to investigate the GLC’s files for information regarding the destruction of Krypton. According to Mr. Oz, he made it off Krypton with the help of his benefactor but Superman needs to know for sure. Unfortunately, the files that the Green Lantern Corps have on the destruction of Krypton have been altered, with one second of footage removed prior to its destruction. Salaak tells Superman that the recording has been altered, but Superman tells him the recording is accurate, it’s time itself that has been altered.

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With nowhere else to turn, Superman decides to head back to Krypton himself with the aid of The Flash’s cosmic treadmill. An incredibly risky proposition considering he’d be going back to a world on which he has no powers, just moments before its complete destruction. Unlike the rest of the issue, Superman doesn’t get advice from The Flash on this, because otherwise Barry Allen may have warned him from messing with the timestream, but alas he fires up the cosmic treadmill and journeys to the past, only for Booster Gold to appear one second too late in an attempt to stop him.

Booster Shot

Booster has been missing in action for a long while now, last seen in the confusing and forgettable Convergence event. His place in the DC Universe has been up in the air for some time now, but with his return in the epilogue to this issue and the upcoming “Booster Shot” storyline, it seems that his creator Dan Jurgens is restoring Michael Jon Carter — and Skeets, we can’t forget Skeets — to the role of timeline protector.

What that entails and what Superman does in the past that places the entire timeline in danger of total collapse is so far a mystery, but The Man of Tomorrow is closing in on his manipulator, which we’re lead to believe is Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan, and with the first issue of Doomsday Clock now on shelves, he’s getting closer than ever to tracking him down.

From: https://www.cbr.com/rebirth-superman-doctor-manhattan-fight/

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