As we learned earlier this month, some of the actors will be returning to the set of The Justice League in order to do some reshoots for the upcoming DC blockbuster. One of those actors, will be Henry Cavill, our Superman.
When Cavill returns to set, he will be sporting his Mission: Impossible 6 mustache for the reshoots! Due to a contractual obligation with Paramount Pictures, Cavill is prohibited from saving his stache, which may cause a headache for our film editors as they will have to digitally erase it in post production.
“It’s very common to be asked, particularly on beauty projects,” Anne Trotman, Lead 2D Artist shared in an interview with Business Insider. “Sometimes celebrities might be shooting a commercial, but need to keep their facial hair for a film, so can’t shave on set. Also, for different global markets these days, some clients need [alternative] versions.”
As for the actual erasure process, says Dave Fleet, Head of 3D at The Mill, there’s a lot of work that goes into digitally shaving an actor.
“Smoothing out tiny vellus hairs on the skin requires a totally different approach to removing a large volume of hair, like a beard or mustache,” Fleet explained. “If we were to remove a beard we would have to digitally re-build the actor’s face behind the hair mass. We would need to build a 3D model of the face and then shade the surface of the skin to look realistic. We would then need to track the 3D model to the movement of his head and potentially re-animate his mouth. The amount of lip animation would depend on how much of the original beard occluded his lips. We would need to paint out the parts of the beard that extend beyond his shaven face.”
Thankfully, Warner Bros. already has existing 3D model’s of Henry Cavill’s Superman, which will save about six weeks of editing and processing.
It would take “one week just to make the 3D elements; then another three weeks to track, animate and render the shaven face; and another two weeks to composite it all together,” Fleet says of the process’ expected timeframe.
The Justice League will arrive in theaters on November 7th, 2017.
Sources: Comicbook.com, Business Insider