‘Mission: Impossible’ director: We tried to “accommodate” Henry Cavill’s ‘Justice League’ mustache situation

As you know by now, Henry Cavill had a mustache for many of his Superman scenes in Justice League due to the extensive reshoots that he was part of. He had grown the mustache for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which he was shooting at the same time. The mustache was covered up with CGI in Justice League, but many fans were still able to notice and felt that the final result was distracting.

On Twitter yesterday, a fan asked Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie who was to blame for Cavill not being able to shave his mustache for Justice League. Was it the director himself? Tom Cruise? Paramount Pictures? McQuarrie says he goes into more detail on an upcoming episode of Empire Magazine’s podcast, but did give a short answer on Twitter.

“The short answer: We made every effort to accommodate [Justice League] without negatively impacting our movie,” McQuarrie explained. “There was nothing we could do.”


Many fans were upset with Paramount Pictures for not allowing Cavill to shave his mustache, but why should they have to compromise their movie just because Warner Bros. decided to reshoot a majority of Cavill’s Superman scenes for Justice League? Warner Bros. has plenty of footage that Cavill shot while he was clean shaven, but for whatever reason they decided not to use it.

If McQuarrie goes into greater detail on the upcoming Empire podcast about the Henry Cavill Superman mustache controversy, I’ll be sure to let you all know what it is.