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Justice League Re-Shoots Plagued By Superman’s Moustache

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In one of the stranger Hollywood production dramas in recent memory, Henry Cavill’s moustache has caused expensive complications in the $25 million Justice League re-shoots. While actors usually have little trouble scheduling re-shoots, the abundance of new Justice League material—and the film’s inflexible November release date—has forced Cavill to go back and forth between this shoot and the set of Mission: Impossible 6. Normally, this would only be challenging from a scheduling perspective, but this situation is also challenging from a moustache perspective.

Having already committed to sporting an authentic ‘stache alongside Ethan Hunt, Cavill will be forced to shoot his new Justice League scenes with facial hair. As you can imagine, the process of removing that hair in post-production is extremely complicated. “If we were to remove a beard [or moustache], we would have to digitally re-build the actor’s face behind the hair mass,” VFX expert Dave Fleet told Business Insider. “We would need to build a 3D model of the face and then shade the surface of the skin to look realistic. We would then need to track the 3D model to the movement of his head and potentially re-animate his mouth. The amount of lip animation would depend on how much of the original beard occluded his lips. We would need to paint out the parts of the beard that extend beyond his shaven face.”

Fortunately, it seems the studios involved have pulled out all the stops. Cavill elaborated in an Instagram post:

Dear followers, it is time to finally set the record straight in this moustache fiasco. Pictured above, is not a set on MI6 but is in fact the latest in a series of weapons being designed by Warner Bros and Paramount Studios to combat the entity known as “Henry Cavill’s Moustache”. 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. It is not a question of IF I should shave – it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us. #MI6 #JusticeLeague #HenryCavillsMoustache #HopeIsAllWeHaveLeft #MoustacheImpossible

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Assuming Warner Bros. and DC successfully remove Cavill’s moustache from their latest superhero epic, Justice League will arrive in theatres on November 17. Check out the San Diego Comic-Con trailer below: