A big bummer – among the many big bummers – in Justice League was that Superman never wore the black suit from the comics.
While Zack Snyder included the black Superman suit in a scene (watch below), it was cut from the movie.
Now Justice League costume designer Michael Wilkinson explains why they didn’t go with the Superman black suit (via Digital Spy).
The black suit is something that has fascinated us as filmmakers from the get-go. We saw a glimpse of it in the nightmare sequence from Man of Steel when Superman was wading through skulls, and also in the deleted scene from Justice League where you do see Clark walking through the spaceship and it’s teased in the background.
When we were prepping Justice League, at first it seemed that it might be a logical choice for the look of Superman when he’s resurrected. Zack is extremely respectful and passionate about the depiction of Superman in comic books and graphic novels, and traditionally when he is resurrected, he is in the black suit.
But as the tone of the film developed and we were in pre-production, the filmmakers felt that the classic red and blue suit seemed more appropriate to our story and our script. It seemed that a more positive, upbeat image of Superman was what was needed – the idea of hope and that the world could, in fact, be saved was important, so that’s the direction that we went.
It’s unfortunate they never did use the black Superman suit for Henry Cavill because you only die (and come back) once, right?