Earlier this week, Justice League star Henry Cavill teased a black superman suit, which many believe will be accompanied by the iconic DC Comics mullet. But the Man of Steel was seen rocking a much more traditional look in recent set photos. In fact, the actor has such a pronounced Spit Curl, he almost looks like he stepped directly out of the 1950s.
This doesn’t mean the black Superman suit won’t show up in director Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Batman V Superman. As most know by now, Kal-El died in the big Dawn of Justice climax as he battled Doomsday to the death. Superman will return in Justice League, and apparently he’ll be showing off a few different looks.
In the original The Death and Return of Superman comic book storyline, Clark Kent’s more famous alter ego perished, only to return in a black suit with long, jet black mullet hair, which shocked some fans as it was a 360 departure from the superhero’s iconic red and blue aesthetic. But fans who hate that look obviously won’t be disappointed, as the signature style usually associated with Superman also appears to be in full play, and is more pronounced than it ever has been before in Justice League. Almost distractingly so. And we have the Instagram photos to prove it!
Perhaps this much lighter version of Superman will show up towards the end of the movie. As far as we know, Superman’s journey is still going to be somewhat dark when he gets resurrected in Justice League. Producer Deborah Snyder recently spoke with Forbes about why this type of arc is important for the long-standing comic book icon, saying she doesn’t necessarily feel the pitch black tone is out of place, calling it more human than anything else. She explains.
Zack really loves Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. And these characters are just so mythic, and their journeys – I always say their journeys are what we can relate to. Because we can’t relate to their powers, so what do you have? That’s the great thing about our Superman. He is more relatable. Someone said, ‘It’s so dark,’ and I go, ‘Well, is it dark? He’s going through real problems that we go through as people every day.’ So I don’t think that’s dark, I think that’s just who we are. People are complex, we’re not strictly just the good Boy Scout trying to do good. He does want to do good, and I think all of the things Superman represents are who he is, but he also stumbles along the way and learns from it. To me, that’s so much more interesting.”
It looks and sounds like Superman is becoming a much more well-rounded character, though his struggles with humanity and being a hero have long lived in the pages of the comic book over the character’s 80 year history. It isn’t known how big Superman’s story is in Justice League, or if he’ll tussle with the other heroes before being brought back into the light, which we’ve heard is a possibility. His rebirth in the DCEU may turn kal-El into a much more optimistic presence. Henry Cavill was nowhere to be seen in the first trailer released at Comic-Con this past July, so only time will tell exactly what kind of alien we’ll be getting this time out. Until more is revealed, enjoy this fresh look at Superman’s spiffed up spit curl.