In the end, Zack Snyder's Justice League failed to become the runaway box office hit Warner Bros. was hoping for, but that's not to say it was an entirely fruitless endeavor: if nothing else, the film - another in a long line of troubled Hollywood tentpole productions involving rotating directors and extensive reshoots - gave us the Legend of Henry Cavill's Superman Mustache.
As you've surely heard by now: Cavill was called back to the Justice League set when said reshoots occurred, but had grown a mustache for his performance in Chris McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible: Fallout. This created a problem for Warner Bros. - they couldn't ask him to shave the 'stache, but they also needed Cavill to be Superman. In what has now become a legendary cautionary tale, the decision was made to CGI Cavill's mustache out of the footage, resulting in a Superman who occasionally looked like this:
Now, Justice League director Zack Snyder has weighed in on the situation, and he's done it in a most entertaining and self-deprecating way. Over on Snyder's Vero account (which we'd link to if that were possible, and if Vero didn't seem all but guaranteed to farm our private data), the following exchange occurred:
What a man pic.twitter.com/EuB1eWU1Ol— Gerda (@daveglee1907) February 28, 2018
Y'know what? Three cheers for Zack Snyder for having a sense of humor about this situation, and being able to admit when the best intentions simply don't pan out. We'll always be able to appreciate that kind of thing! Sure, the blame for the wonky after effects that created Superman's CGI face can't be laid at Snyder's doorstep, but it's still his name on the movie.
And, hey, even if we didn't enjoy Snyder's last two at-bats in the DCU, he's still a filmmaker we're curious to see more from, and we look forward to whatever comes next (hint: it won't be the #SnyderCut). Good luck out there, Zack!