The absence of Superman wearing the black suit in Justice League came as a surprise to many last year, and it now appears the decision was a creative choice decided by the filmmakers prior to the start of production.
The altered suit was long-rumored for DC's Justice League, as fans expected the Man of Steel to fittingly wear it upon his resurrection, which of course is necessary following his death in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In the end, the garb inevitably became an Easter egg in a deleted scene.
A costume designer for the film, Michael Wilkinson, revealed to Digital Spyduring O2 London:
"The black suit is something that has fascinated us as filmmakers from the get-go."
Wilkinson added, "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.
Along with this, the designer noted:
"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."
Wilkinson's interview not only revealed what lead to the decision to go against the black suit, but also touched base on the division between Zack Snyder's directing and Joss Whedon's cuts, which has been heavily debated in the public eye.
Justice League is now available on Blu-ray and Digital HD.