It is a momentous occasion in film history today, as Henry Cavill has finally shaved his infamous mustache.
The actor posted a picture of himself, newly-shaven and staring in his mirror, on his Instagram account with the comment #ShavedButNotForgotten. He also referred to it as “King Stache” and says that he hardly recognizes his face without it.
This might have been minor news if the production of two films had not made the facial hair so notable. He grew the mustache for his role as August Walker in Mission: Impossible—Fallout and was contractually obligated not to shave it until filming was complete. This led to a problem when he was called to do reshoots for Justice League, where he played a clean-shaven Clark Kent/Superman. As such, the reshoots used CGI to remove his mustache in post, leading to a mouth that plunged directly into the Uncanny Valley.
The CGI lip was only notable for looking really weird, however; it also provided an easy way to track which scenes from the film were reshoots (done by replacement director Joss Whedon) and which were from the original filming (done by the first director, Zack Snyder). As such it revealed that very extensive alterations had been made in the middle of production, including almost every scene that included Superman. This has led to some controversy and helps demonstrate how disorganized the DC Extended Universe has been up until this point.
But the franchise will continue, with Aquaman coming out this December and Shazam and Wonder Woman following it next year, in April and November, respectively. There are rumors that the now-stache-less Cavill may reprise his role as Superman for Shazam, but beyond that his fate in the franchise is unknown; a Man of Steel 2 has been discussed but there are not firm plans for the sequel as of yet.