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Zack Snyder Unpacks the True Significance of Superman's Black Costume

Zack Snyder dug deeper into the significance of Henry Cavill's Superman wearing the black suit in his upcoming version of Justice League for HBO Max.

Justice League director Zack Snyder revealed more about the importance of Superman's black.

"It's interesting also, too, because like, you know, the black suit. Because you can say, in modern Krypton, when he left...everyone was wearing black suits, mostly, you know?" Snyder said on I Minutemen. "So it is sort of linked some ways, to the old world. I think it's a more direct relationship to his family."

Snyder went on to explain that, in his eyes, Superman's traditional red-and-blue suit represents the hero's place on Earth. "You know what I mean? Like... the blue suit his his 'Suit of a Hero,'" he continued. "The 'Suit of His Destiny.' Where like, the black suit is his more personal in a lot of ways."

Snyder proceeded to double down on the idea that the black suit is "more about his family," explaining, "One is outward and one is inward. And I think that those things [are] the expression of that... Let's put it this way... It was always my intention that the larger arc of the movies was to realize that more completely. But I think you get a sense of it here."

The latest trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League included footage of Henry Cavill's Superman using his heat vision powers while sporting his black suit. Snyder previously confirmed that he chose to have Superman wear the black suit in Justice League because he wanted to depict a physical transformation of the character over the course of the film.

"Superman had to, at every step, sort of level up and learn something, and be something different... What I had planned was that the final step for Superman, [was] his real return, or his real coming into what I would consider the classic Superman," Snyder confirmed in January. He added, "We don't really get it in this movie, the classic Superman. I also feel like the black suit is a great time delineator."

Zack Snyder's Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The film arrives on HBO Max March 18.

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