For all of Steppenwolf’s doomsaying and plans for world domination, Justice League reaffirmed that the cosmic, god-like being actually visited Earth before – long before Batman and Superman began duking it out for Zack Snyder and the fledgling DC Extended Universe.
It’s a slice of comic book history that was projected onto the big screen late last year, when Snyder’s Justice League movie showed Steppenwolf waging war against the Amazonians of Themysicra. And as eagle-eyed DC fans will tell you, that same flashback scene actually included a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of Apokoliptian Priests, a group of so-called New Gods placed in control of the Mother Boxes.
Those mythic MacGuffins featured quite prominently in the final cut of the movie – not unlike how Marvel’s two Avengers sequels are built on the Infinity Stones – and thanks to renown concept artist Jerad S. Marantz (h/t Heroic Hollywood), today brings forth another peek at the Priests responsible for said cubes:
…for costume designer Michael Wilkinson. Here’s another version. You can see these guys briefly in the film and I was excited to catch a glimpse of them in the flashback sequence.
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Pretty cool, right? As far as darkness-spewing space aliens go, the Priests of Apokolips rank pretty highly on the unofficial list of DC villains most likely to keep you up at night. So perhaps Justice League would have been better served with some well-thought-out character designs? And not the muddled CG mess that was Steppenwolf? We’ll leave that one to you.
Justice League, on the other hand, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from March 13th (secure your copy right here), and it’ll herald a raft of extras from Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s ill-fated event movie. Just don’t go in expecting a director’s cut or any allusion to Snyder’s version.