Some people reckon a moustache can be a defining, masculine feature on a bloke. Men who don the hairy feature are often featured in pop culture as the hard, tough guys like Tom Selleck in Magnum PI, Nick Offerman in Parks and Recreation or Burt Reynolds in general life.
However, when it comes to Superman, apparently it's best if he doesn't have a moustache, beard or even stubble. Even though he's arguably the hardest, toughest fictional bloke there is, it seems it's against the rules to let him grow facial hair.
The only problem with that is, is the man who plays the superhero from Krypton, Henry Cavill, had to sport a decent mo for his upcoming appearance in Mission: Impossible 6. When the production team for Justice League announced they had to reshoot some scenes, Cavill had to repeatedly fly back and forth from the UK to the US to juggle both projects.
Instead of fucking up Mission: Impossible, Warner Bros. and DC said it would digitally remove the actor's facial hair from his Superman character in post-production. While we live in a technology rich world, it seems that even our best specialists weren't able to make it look natural, and people have noticed.
Henry Cavill's CGI removed moustache: A Tribute Post#JusticeLeague #moustache pic.twitter.com/Lz8IqWnob1
- Keegan (@JohnWickPlsKilM) November 17, 2017
Henry Cavill confirms he's contracted to play Superman in another film.
His moustache has yet to comment on its deal. pic.twitter.com/nAIr5M7B0e
- Toby Earle Toby Earle Toby Earle Toby Earle Toby E (@TobyonTV) November 21, 2017
henry cavill's removed moustache is hall of fame bad CGI. it is a monument to man's hubris
- j.r. hennessy (@jrhennessy) November 19, 2017
Imagine being the effect specialist who had to come home and tell their partner about the full work day erasing Henry Cavill's moustache.
- Willance Gardner (@KingWillance) November 16, 2017
Depending on how the movie was shot, there are usually 24 frames per second. Imagine being the person who has to shuffle through every single frame and edit the beard out.
What's even more ridiculous is that Variety reported it cost $25 million, yes, twenty-five fucking million dollars to remove the moustache from the movie and the reshoots took a whopping two months to complete.
Cavill told his followers on Instagram about the debacle in July, saying: "Dear followers, it is time to finally set the record straight in this moustache fiasco. Pictured above, is not a set on MI6 but is in fact the latest in a series of weapons being designed by Warner Bros and Paramount Studios to combat the entity known as "Henry Cavill's Moustache".
"There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots, simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic 'stache.
"It is not a question of IF I should shave - it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us."
Clearly the 'stache has won the battle as the English actor has uploaded plenty of pictures to his social media accounts showing the full beard.