There is A LOT to digest following the release of the details journalists learned, during their visit to the Justice League set outside of London. Start with the video from JoBlo.com, then make your way down the links from the different outlets. What stuck out to us? Supes will have longer hair, possible new costume (yes!), and will return later in the film (which we kind of figured).
But What About Superman?
Henry Cavill was not on the set the day we were there (which, again, was just this past Friday). The talking points on Superman were basically this: Yes, of course he’s coming back. No, we aren’t going to tell you how. When we were given a tour of the costume shop (all the costumes are made on site), Superman’s costume was suspiciously missing — which probably means there will be some sort of redesign they don’t want us to know about yet. -- uproxx.com
Superman may have “died” in the climactic battle of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice but like most comic book character deaths, that means little. The final scene of BvS clearly shows the dirt above his coffin defying gravity and as producer Deborah Snyder put it best when we visited the War Room of the production for Justice League, “obviously Superman is part of the Justice League.”
“And we know where we ended up with him,” she continues. “And there wouldn’t be a Justice League without Superman. But I think his way back to us we don’t want to really spoil that. But he’s here. He’s back there,” she finishes, pointing to a standee cardboard cutout of Henry Cavill suited up in the red and blue beside the other Justice League members.
Superman was entirely absent from the sets we visited, from the costume department, and mostly from the concept art as well for Justice League. According to producer Charles Roven and director Zack Snyder, Superman’s return and role in the film is part of the story and not something they want to spoil a year and half out from release. -- screenrant.com
The one character noticeably absent from everything that we saw on the Justice League set was Superman, and it was here that producer Deb Snyder and her husband, director Zack Snyder, played coy. As you all remember, Batman v Superman ended with the world mourning the death of Superman (Henry Cavill). But Snyder consciously ended his movie with a few pieces of dirt levitating off of Superman's coffin, indicating that the hero wouldn't stay dead for too long.
But for all of the storyboards we saw for Justice League, the bulk of the movie seemed to involve Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting three additional members of the team -- Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) -- and preparing for the arrival of a new threat. Superman wasn't part of any of these scenes, from what we were shown, though the team made it clear that he's absolutely part of the Justice League that they were forming.
When I specifically pressed Snyder on the mystery stance that they were taking regarding Superman, he explained:
I wanted to get to a Superman [in Dawn of Justice] who has a reason to be Superman. A reason to feel the way he felt about humanity, or feel the way that we all understand about him from the comic books. He's pretty -- as far as a moral compass goes, he's pretty [much] the thing. But I feel like he had to go through something to be that. And I'm not saying he shows up in this movie... [Laughs] There's a process, clearly, that would have to go on in the... I feel like the idea is to -- that's part of the story. If he does appear, I think that would be a big part of the story, right? Like, how you bring him back. -- cinemablend.com
Justice League is now also described as a standalone film (though Zack Snyder stresses that a second one is still on the schedule for June 14, 2019). READ ON..
We've seen some of the Justice League movie and it's far lighter and more fun than BvS https://t.co/2KPab0BjRo pic.twitter.com/aczGoZVVQ0— IGN (@IGN) June 21, 2016
The Top 20 Things I Learned From Visiting The Set Of 'Justice League' https://t.co/Jxi2IJ0r4F #JusticeLeague pic.twitter.com/U0NbHnPa7C— Heroic Hollywood (@heroichollywood) June 21, 2016
We just visited the London set of #JusticeLeague - here's what we saw https://t.co/p4sImdTtdL pic.twitter.com/nrKHZwdcOs— UPROXX (@UPROXX) June 21, 2016
Reaction to #BvS had an effect on the tone of #JusticeLeague. Our report from the set: https://t.co/xVkAlwws6D pic.twitter.com/8irzXNX9K2— Nerdist (@nerdist) June 21, 2016
We visited the set of the Justice League movie and learned a lot about what to expect. https://t.co/b3RRrdPmLb pic.twitter.com/bR1eagZG68— Den of Geek (@DenofGeekUS) June 21, 2016
We visited the #JusticeLeague set; @colliderfrosty says it'll be "a complete 180" from BvS : https://t.co/UDU5nsRBXI pic.twitter.com/yGOVkoQslw— Collider News (@ColliderNews) June 21, 2016
'Justice League’ Set Visit Video Recap: Here’s what we learned https://t.co/5UetPo3Avg— Collider News (@ColliderNews) June 21, 2016
How will 'Justice League' differ from 'Batman v Superman'? Zack Snyder + Ben Affleck explain https://t.co/DFb482KiIT— Collider News (@ColliderNews) June 21, 2016
On the set of Justice League, the movie that wants to save the DC cinematic universe. https://t.co/XTSMVgmlYl pic.twitter.com/73bWdlIHz0— io9 (@io9) June 21, 2016
"Justice League" will see a shift in tone -- and 14 other things we learned from the London set of DC's next film: https://t.co/ZeUkYb4m1q— Mashable (@mashable) June 21, 2016
Ben Affleck comments on the reactions to Batman's lethal force in Batman v Superman: https://t.co/RJHr4bJA5X pic.twitter.com/xcdtzI0fDY— Den of Geek (@DenofGeekUS) June 21, 2016
I brought up the same question earlier in the day to Deborah Snyder, who told me that Bruce Wayne has renewed his faith in humanity after seeing Superman’s sacrifice.
“I think Superman’s death made such a strong effect on Batman that I think he really regains faith in humanity and everything that’s good, because here’s this alien that just gave his life, really, for us,” she said. “And I think this really changes who Batman is, and I think he really feels responsibility to honor him, because he didn’t feel like he did it while he was living, so I think you really are seeing the elevation of these heroes.”
What did Zack Snyder learn from #BvS? #JusticeLeague will show heroes in all their glory: https://t.co/bSEiV4FOpT pic.twitter.com/VWJ4eJMsBU— Collider News (@ColliderNews) June 21, 2016
Our @aaronsagers visited the set of @ZackSnyder's Justice League. Here's what he learned https://t.co/BDPpKEwiyY pic.twitter.com/a7x6H1NUB9— Blastr (@blastr) June 21, 2016
I visited the set of @ZackSnyder's #JusticeLeague!! Everything I learned, you can read here: https://t.co/kQa9p0UjVm pic.twitter.com/IowbkBrQA3— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 21, 2016
Flash's costume, the real villains, a JL sequel, & more in my #JusticeLeague set visit report today at @Forbes!https://t.co/8wspwEuqgR— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) June 22, 2016
And apparently there is more on the way.. makes you wonder what they have planned for Comic-Con!
Just know, DC Film fans. This was the opening salvo. We have PLENTY more #JusticeLeague info to come, all week long! pic.twitter.com/axsnwinn5U— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 21, 2016
TONS of awesome info in those links. Filming is set to wrap in October via Collider:
Justice League is filming in London until September and after they wrap there they go to Los Angeles and another still to be determined location. Filming is currently scheduled to wrap in October.
So what do you guys think? -- let us know below. We'll keep updating this post as we get more details.