There is a 99.9 percent chance that Superman is in Justice League, but that .01 percent chance of uncertainty is what Warner Bros. has based its entire marketing plan around.
A new poster for Justice League, seen below, brings most of the superhero team together. The only person missing, again, is Superman. His name isn’t included at the top of the poster and his person is nowhere in sight. The only clue we have that Superman isn’t far from the action is the representation of his symbol at the bottom of the poster in the tagline.
The poster, which is receiving a mixture of praise and scorn from fans, goes out of its way not to include Superman. This is in line with just about every other piece of marketing released thus far, with the exception of a recent trailer that brought back Clark Kent for a second in one of Lois Lane’s dreams.
Here’s the issue: We know that Superman is in the movie in some way. He may not be alive and we may only see him through flashbacks, but Superman will be represented. Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot addressed it during San Diego Comic-Con, and Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, essentially confirmed his involvement with the film in July. After Variety reported that Cavill was sporting a mustache in the Justice League reshoots, leading to pandemonium online, Cavill took to Instagram to talk about it.
In that caption, Cavill said:
There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots, simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic 'stache. It is not a question of IF I should shave - it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us.
It’s not the only time Cavill has talked about Justice League and made reference to his character not being in the movie. In another Instagram post, Cavill called attention to an Aquaman scene from the movie and commented that everyone was all in, except for one hero — Superman.
It’s at the point where Justice League fans are asking to see more of Superman.
This is official and Henry Carvil, #Superman himself, showed us already some Pictures. It's far too late for playing ridiculous Games.— Johnny V. Caffiné (@JohnnyVCaffine) October 18, 2017
How are you going to have an official poster without Superman? https://t.co/qiHFuRg0M2— Tav. (@tavadilpickle) October 18, 2017
If I was trying to hide Superman's return, I wouldn't use his logo on every poster. That's just me though https://t.co/buuPWL2yFi— II (@OnTheGrove) October 18, 2017
The trailers have made it pretty clear that Superman will be returning to help his friends. Although Superman died at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the tease audiences were left with operated under the assumption that we knew he wasn’t going to be buried underground for long.
Justice League, which brings together Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg and Superman, will be released on Nov. 17.