Exclusive: The visual effects team found it easier to replace Henry Cavill’s non-black suit with a fully digital one instead of changing the color of the shots.
The VFX masterminds behind Zack Snyder’s Justice League reveal that they completely replaced rather than just recolor the Superman suit. The four-hour epic is the DCEU’s biggest cinematic event yet. A total reinvention of the medium theatrical cut of League of Justice Directed by Snyder, it is authentic to his vision from start to finish. The first change fans will notice is that the movie begins with Superman’s disappearance from Batman V. Superman The dawn of justice. In the opening of the original film, Henry Cavill’s facial hair had obviously been removed in post-production as he had been filming. Mission: Impossible – Fallout during League of Justice fire again.
Starting with Superman’s gruesome ending helps set up one of the major storylines in Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Resurrection of Superman. Her all-black outfit, as opposed to her vibrant red and blue outfit, represents her emotional journey to rebirth. When Superman is resurrected by the Justice League, he has amnesia and attacks his friends. He regains his memories after reconnecting with his mother and finds the new suit inside the ship that took him off Krypton.
Visual Effects Supervisors Anders Langlands and Kevin Smith sat next to Animation Supervisor Simeon Duncombe in conversation with Screen rant and explained his process for making Cavill’s suit black in the post. During filming, Cavill was not wearing a black suit, and while fans familiar with the wonders of Photoshop will know that it’s fairly easy to alter the colors of a shot, Langlands, Smith, and Duncombe weren’t satisfied with the results. For a few drinks they “could get away with it“Just recoloring, but given the reflective nature of the silver S on his chest, they realized that it was actually easier to use.”fully digital suits. “See the full explanation below:
Superman is wearing a black suit that was not black when he filmed it. The average movie buff would think they know how that can be done, but what is that process really?
Otherwise Langlands [Visual Effects Supervisor]: How do you think it could be done?
Oh, just use the Lasso tool and hit ‘black and white’, right?
Simeon Duncombe [Animation Supervisor]: Some shots, yes. You could get away with it.
Kevin smith [Visual Effects Supervisor]: The button of the black suit. Make the black suit.
Anders Langlands: Yes, making the suit black is relatively easy with that method. But making the S that color silver isn’t, just because it was getting brighter and more reflective. I think some shots, yeah, we used rotoscopy, their lasso tool, and we changed the color. There was that shot in the trailer of Superman getting out of the Scout Boat in the black suit for the first time, and we did it just by tracing around and changing the color. A lot of the rest were totally digital suits, because it ends up being easier to come by. Otherwise you end up, especially when there are a lot of different lights on the character, in a situation where you are throwing it so much that it starts to look really muddy. You end up with something that is a black suit, but it looks a little weird for some reason. It just doesn’t look very good. Having it fully digital gives you a lot more control, and it just looks better at the end of the day.
Kevin Smith: A lot of things are so invisible. You get a shot at Superman, and we replaced his body with the digi-double to get the black suit because it was easier that way. But it turns out that he shares the frame with an eight-foot-tall alien in a shiny metal suit. Where is your eye going to go? It won’t be because of the fact that we swapped Superman for the black suit.
Given the dissatisfaction of fans with the effects on League of Justice, it was probably the right move for the team to go the extra mile to impress. These high-production superhero movies are true visual effects marvels. Much of every shot is done in post-production, seamlessly integrated using the best technology money can buy. With four hours of film to dig into, the Snyder cut has flooded the internet with countless easter eggs, non-easter eggs, and behind-the-scenes facts like this one.
The release of the Snyder Cut puts the DCEU in a strange place. The planned Snyderverse that is shaped by the various story lines in Zack Snyder’s Justice League They make fun of a whole continuity that will not come to fruition. As the original cut is no longer the definitive version in the minds of much of the fandom, a direct sequel would likely only further confuse the DCEU timeline. With a Superman reboot on the way, this was likely the last hurray for Cavill’s Superman, at least he was dressed to impress.
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