Zack Snyder Reveals How Henry Cavill's Black Superman Suit Was Supposed To Help DCEU

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Superman in black suit, Justice League

In the past months, fans have been waiting for the arrival of Zack Snyder's Justice League ever since it was officially announced that it will debut sometime this year. Interestingly though, it was previously teased that the four-part mini-series for HBO Max will be released in the first quarter of the year, with even Snyder himself reassuring everyone that the schedule is still set

While fans eagerly await the inevitable release, Snyder has been sharing interesting tidbits about his Justice League to tide them over in recent months. The visionary director didn't waste time in unveiling several scenes that are far different from the 2017 theatrical cut of the film, and one of those is the stunning reveal of Superman's black suit

The addition of the black suit ultimately confirmed previous rumors about the Man of Steel's much different arc in Snyder's version of the film, giving viewers more reason to anticipate the eventual debut of the series on HBO Max. And now, the director shared another piece of information about the famous suit. 


While speaking with Comic Book Debate, Zack Snyder explained the importance of Superman's black suit in the character's arc in his Justice League. The director revealed that the suit served as a “great time delineator” for the film, pointing out that the costume let fans know “where you are in time because it is very particular in this certain arc" and helping DCEU audience members understand the movies set in time periods before and after Justice League.

“I also think that the black suit...I mean this is slightly weirdly technical. It's a great time delineator like you understand...if you see a flashback or a flash-forward, him in the black suit lets you know where you are in time because it's very particular to this certain arc. And so, I was really excited to use the black suit to kind of lock us into when he goes from the black suit back to the red and blue suit. And then, when he is in the red and blue suit...when he actually goes back to it...What does it mean? You it all has to have like *claps hands* can't just be like 'Oh, I'll put him in the blue suit then I'll put him in the black suit.' No. That's not cool.”


As it is, Snyder's comments about Superman and his black suit just goes to show how passionate he is for the character. This isn't surprising since he was responsible for launching Henry Cavill's version of the hero in 2013's Man of Steel

It's interesting to hear that the famous black suit of Superman served a deeper purpose rather than being a “quick costume change” to propel the plot of the film. In a way, it makes narrative sense since the Last Son of Krypton literally died before the events of Justice League, and the new costume of the hero essentially represents the growth of the character. 

The original red and blue suit might be the iconic garb of Superman in the films and comics, but the black suit provides a message of change and maturation for the character in this version of Justice League. If anything, Snyder's remarks correlate to what Cavill mentioned earlier in a previous interview, teasing that the Man of Steel will somehow “reach his pinnacle” in the famed director's cut. 

So far, Superman's journey in the DCEU has been an interesting one, and it will be exciting to find out how his journey will reach its peak when Zack Snyder's Justice League premieres this year on HBO Max. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.