Game of Thrones fans will recognize the Justice League movie villain
Courtesy of Den of Geek, we got information on the Justice League’s big bad: Steppenwolf, as well as more Justice League information.
This article contains some Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spoilers.
This is the one that the DC Extended Universe is building towards. Five years after The Avengers showed us that it was possible to pull off a non-mutant superhero team on the big screen, we’ll finally see a Justice League movie. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has wrapped filming on Justice League, from a script by Batman v Superman‘s Chris Terrio.
Justice League Movie Villain
In order for the Justice League to form, they need a threat with power levels that only a team of heroes could take down, right?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made it pretty explicit that Darkseid is on his way to this world, and there were several visual cues for those who are interested. We broke those down (along with lots more comic references in the movie) right here. But he isn’t the villain of the Justice League movie. A deleted scene from Batman v Superman released online offered a look at a monstrous creature on a Kryptonian ship, who turned out to be another Fourth World related despot (and Jack Kirby creation), Steppenwolf.
Steppenwolf is basically Darkseid’s cousin, a powerful warrior from Apokolips who wields a pretty crazy energy axe.
And now The Wrap reports that Ciaran Hinds (you may know him as Mance Rayder on Game of Thrones which makes him a particularly cool choice for this part if it’s true) has been cast as Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf will be done via motion capture, and his casting has apparently been kept under wraps throughout the production, which recently wrapped principal photography.
We have reached out for comment or confirmation, and will update this if we hear anything.
Here’s what Steppenwolf looked like in that Batman v Superman deleted scene:
And here’s Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder. You may start your Photoshop engines accordingly…
It’s still inevitable that we’ll see Darkseid in these movies, and he’ll probably still be a presence in the first one. DC Comics used him as the catalyst for the formation of the Justice League in the current comic book series. He’s a pretty big gun to burn this early, though, so holding him back for Justice League Part Two sound about as logical as anything else we’ve heard.
Justice League Movie Release Date
Justice League is scheduled for a November 17th, 2017 release, with a sequel to follow on June 14th, 2019.
Justice League Trailer
The first trailer for Justice League has arrived out of SDCC 2016! This is our first glimpse of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman working together on the big screen. Check out the trailer below:
Also, Justice League has wrapped principal photography. How do we know? You can once again thank Zack Snyder, who posted this awesome behind-the-scenes video which has lots of new looks at the characters in action.