Despite its seemingly endless amounts of reshoots, Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's Justice League will arrive in just a few months. The highly anticipated team up film will assemble the titular heroes in an attempt to save the world from mysterious new villain Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. Trailers, footage, and stills from the film have yet to include Steppenwolf, likely in an attempt to avoid the backlash that Doomsday's appearance in the Batman v Superman trailers had. The only glimpses of the Justice League villain have been through some toys (of course), although we may have a better look at Steppenwolf's face is the upcoming blockbuster. Check it out.
That is one creepy looking dude. And while we haven't seen Steppenwolf in action through the Justice League trailers, his determined and angry face certainly teases a villain who isn't going to go down easily.
The above image is apparently a rendering done by artists who are crafting Justice League's merchandise. Part of the cash grab with superhero movies is the various action figures and play sets, and since Steppenwolf is the big bad who the League will be battling, it stands to reason that there will be plenty of merch with the villain's likeness attached.
Steppenwolf's inevitable appearance in Justice League is one of the most mysterious aspects of the DCEU film. It's currently unclear exactly when he'll arrive on Earth to retrieve the Mother Boxes, especially considering his first introduction was during a deleted scene in Dawn of Justice. In said scene, Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor contacted the villain right before his arrest, which informs his mysterious warnings during his final moments with Batman. But with reports claiming that Eisenberg might not even be in Justice League, there seems to be a hole in the plot revolving around Steppenwolf's arrival.
In Justice League, Steppenwolf was played through motion capture by Irish actor Ciarán Hinds. Because of this, not even the Game of Thrones actor knew exactly what his character was going to look like, making Steppenwolf's ultimate reveal exciting for all parties.
This rendering of Steppenwolf is a fairly stark juxtaposition to his comic book appearances. While still a New God and lieutenant for Darkseid, the character originally had a much more humanoid appearance than the one crafted for Justice League. But Zack Snyder's muted colors and somber visual style have no doubt informed how the villain would appear in Justice League, which has also affected the appearance of the Parademons.
It should be interesting to see how dynamic of a villain Steppenwolf is. If he's handled properly, the DCEU could have a leg up on its Marvel competitors. The MCU is notorious for having lame villains, so DC's shared universe could help edge out the competition in that way.
Justice League will arrive in theaters on November 17, 2017. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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