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Henry Cavill addresses Justice League mustache controversy

The Justache League is no more

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Henry Cavill has some words about the ongoing mustache controversy surrounding the Justice League reshoots.

Cavill posted a pointed and rather funny photo on Instagram responding to a recent Variety report that suggested the post-production team on Justice League would have to digitally remove the mustache Cavill grew for a role in Mission Impossible 6, which is also filming right now. Variety’s story led to several memes and video mockups of Cavill sporting the mustache as Superman.

“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,” Cavill wrote.

In seeking to end the mustache debacle, the actor has fans wondering about an entirely separate conundrum: When are we going to finally see Superman in action? Warner Bros. marketing team has gone to great lengths to keep Cavill’s Superman hidden, holding him out of every trailer so far and all the promotional images. Despite multiple teases from Cavill on social media that he’ll be in it, and kind words from Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) that Superman fans will be pleased with Justice League, Superman is nowhere to be found.

The last time we saw the hero, he died in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and since then, Cavill has kept his distance, publicly anyway, from the DC Cinematic Universe. He didn’t appear at SDCC 2017 with the rest of the cast; instead he posted another photo on Instagram that brought to attention the fact that he wasn’t there.

All in! Well, almost #JusticeLeague

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This isn’t the first time that Cavill has teased his role. Last August, he teased a photo of a black Superman costume, sparking rumors about his character’s involvement in Justice League. It was the closest hint fans received from the actor that Justice League would incorporate certain elements of “The Death of Superman" comic mini-series, which ran between 1992 and 1993.


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Unfortunately, we don’t know much more about Superman’s involvement — and probably won’t until closer to the release date. The trailer Warner Bros. brought to SDCC seems to hint that Superman’s death — and inevitable return — will be a big part of the movie. Hopefully, the next trailer will give us our first look at Superman back in action.

Justice League will be released on Nov. 17.

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