No one needs a refresher on Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but you'd be forgiven for knowing nothing about Steppenwolf, the main villain of the Justice League movie. Instead of choosing Darkseid to be the Big Bad of Justice League as was originally rumored, DC decided to go outside of the box. Steppenwolf hasn't had an incredibly memorable comic book history, but that's all the more reason to learn as much as you can about the baddie before he makes his live-action debut later this week.

Plenty of attention has been given to Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg in the various marketing materials for Justice League, but Steppenwolf is only recently getting some screentime in new clips. He hardly even appears in theatrical trailers! Maybe that's just foreshadowing how mild his presence in the movie will be, but his backstory does provide us with clues and ideas as to what's in store for future Justice League sequels. Here are five things that you need to know about Steppenwolf before sitting down to watch Justice League.

Steppenwolf Is A New God

This might come as a shocker, but Steppenwolf isn't exactly human. He's actually a part of a race of beings known as the New Gods. Created by comic book legend Jack Kirby, they are a group of immortal and colorful beings who consider themselves gods. Members tend to have a wide variety of superpowers, but they are all essentially super strong, fast, and invulnerable, with the most powerful of them easily reaching Superman levels. Steppenwolf doesn't have any crazy powers, but he's a skilled tactician and a master of several different weapons.

Just because they're god-like doesn't mean that they don't come with their own drama. New Gods fall into two groups who have been at war with each other for as long as anyone can remember: the benevolent and righteous inhabitants of New Genesis, and the evil and power-hungry lords of Apokolips. Steppenwolf comes from the latter.

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