A deleted scene from Justice League showcases the much discussed black version of Superman’s costume, a nod to the character’s resurrection following the famous Death of Superman comic book story in the ’90s.
Paralleling that iconic comic book narrative, Superman met his cinematic end at the hands of the monstrous Doomsday in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was a given the Man of Steel would be returning for the much anticipated Justice League, and fans were anticipating another homage in the guise of the black costume – and maybe even his luxurious mid-’90s mullet – that he sported upon his comic book return.
That didn’t end up happening, but a new deleted scene from the film shows the costume did make a brief cameo. A newly revived Clark Kent is shown walking by the costume inside the resurrection chamber, likely on the way to retrieving the more colorful version of his costume, which we never actually see in the final cut of the movie. You can check that clip out above (via Legião dos Heróis).
There’s no confirmation, but this is almost certainly a scene that was shot by Zack Snyder; the visual flair, Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme, and Henry Cavill’s non-CGI lip suggest this was made before Snyder departed production and was replaced by Joss Whedon. It’s yet another hint of what Justice League could have been before the film was massively retooled by Whedon and Warner Bros. In the wake of the film’s relative box office failure, fans have been clamoring for a cut of the film that more accurately reflects Snyder’s original vision, though there’s plenty of debate over how feasible that actually is.
One thing is clear, however; Superman’s future in DC’s cinematic world has never been murkier. Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 2 are all happening, Flashpoint seems increasingly likely, and Matt Reeves will tackle The Batman – though probably not with Ben Affleck in the cape and cowl – but there’s been very little forward movement on a Man of Steel sequel, leaving one of DC’s most iconic characters in a sort of limbo. There have been rumors that Superman could pop up for a cameo in Shazam!, and it also seems reasonable he could show up in Flashpoint, but Superman more than deserves another solo outing.
This Justice League deleted scene may simply be an echo of a version of the character we’re never going to see again, but if the DC Film universe is going to thrive, it needs Superman at its center.
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