Henry Cavill to get a digital shave for Justice League

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Jul 25, 2017

The ongoing reshoots for Justice League have caused problems for star Henry Cavill and, of all things, his facial hair.

Tucked away inside Variety's Monday (July 24) story about the extensive additional photography that has been underway for the DC superhero team-up -- under the supervision of Joss Whedon -- was an odd tidbit about Cavill and the havoc that the reshoots are playing with his face.

It seems that Cavill has also been shooting the sixth Mission: Impossible film with Tom Cruise, and while it was initially thought that he could finish that before playing Superman again, the extent of the overhaul on Justice League has forced him to work on both at the same time (and no, it's not a spoiler that Cavill is in Justice League ... it's one of the worst-kept "secrets" in the business these days).

But the problem is that Cavill grew a mustache for his character in Mission: Impossible 6, and that film's studio, Paramount, has refused to let him shave it off while the movie is still in production. So the mustache will have to be digitally removed from Cavill's face during post-production on Justice League, unless Warner Bros. and DC want to break some new ground and let Kal-El have a 'stache onscreen for the first time.

On the other hand, the good news is that they won't cover it up with make-up, as Cesar Romero famously did as the Joker on the Batman TV series:

Even this little bit of juggling (and we've love to see the footage before it's digitally altered) gives us some idea of how complicated the home stretch has gotten for Justice League, which opens in less than four months, on November 17.