A picture has surfaced showing Henry Cavill sporting his mustache while in costume as Superman

By Ale Russian
April 02, 2019 11:50 AM
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We could’ve had it all.

An unedited shot from 2018’s Justice League has made its way online with Henry Cavill sporting a full mustache and beard while in costume as Superman, showing fans what he would’ve looked like if the studio hadn’t digitally removed his mustache during reshoots.

The shot comes almost two years after the controversy over Cavill’s amazing mustache became public. In 2017, Variety reported that “extensive” reshoots underway for Justice League were being further complicated by the stylish mustache Cavill had grown for his role in Mission: Impossible 6, which was filming at the same time.

According to Variety, Paramount refused to allow the actor to shave, so the ‘stache had to be digitally removed in Justice League’s post-production.

The result had mixed reviews, with fans openly criticizing how unnatural Cavill looked with the mustache digitally removed.

But although talk of the ‘stache dominated the conversation around both movies, the actor himself poked fun at the whole situation several times on Instagram. His first post came after the news originally surfaced, with Cavill hilariously setting the record straight.

“There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the [Justice League] 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 we can possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us,” he wrote.

A year later, Cavill posted a funny video after he shaved off the mustache, complete with a sentimental slideshow showing his best moments with “king ‘stache.”

“Oh. Hello. Don’t be alarmed. It’s me, Henry Cavill. Sometimes superhero and former secret agent,” Cavill started out the video as he turned around to reveal his new look wearing only a fluffy white robe and towel wrapped around his head. “But now, completely clean shaven.”

“I know. It’s hard to recognize me without king stache. Sometimes, I even have trouble recognizing myself,” he continued as he stared at his freshly shaved face in the mirror. “It’s hard for me to admit…this is not CGI. He’s really gone.”

“I can tell you this though. I will remember him,” Cavill concluded. “Always.”