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On paper, Steppenwolf is a fearsome, god-like supervillain. So how did Justice League fumble its greatest foe, exactly?
It’s a valid question, and one that has led to a mixture of disappointment and genuine confusion among the DC community, who have lamented the fact that Ciarán Hinds’ baddie was reduced to a one-dimensional cliché. Toss in lackluster CGI and you have all the makings of a cinematic misfire, and that pretty much sums up the Internet’s thoughts on Justice League as a whole.
But thanks to Screen Rant, today brings forth a never-before-seen previsualization for Justice League and its biggest scenes. Embedded below, you’ll be able to see an early rendering of Superman’s resurrection and Steppenwolf touching down in Themyscira – much to the horror of the local Amazonians.
It’s the latter scene, in particular, that has fuelled debate online, as it includes a radically different Steppenwolf to the one featured in Warner’s final film.
Originally created by the great Jack Kirby, Steppenwolf is a fearsome alien from the planet Apokolips and the loyal subordinate of Darkseid, who is expected to enter the DCEU at some point in the not-so-distant future.
Behind the scenes, the fallout from Justice League has prompted a major shake-up at the top-end, too, after Warner Bros. drafted Walter Hamada in to oversee its DC Films banner henceforth. Whether it’s enough to course-correct the DC Extended Universe will be told in time, but Warner is clearly making a conscious effort to avoid the ‘too many cooks’ scenario that arguably sank Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman.
Elsewhere on the studio’s slate, James Wan appears to have enjoyed full creative control of Aquaman (he chose Arthur Curry’s solo flick over Flashpoint, after all), so let’s hope that agency shines through onto the silver screen later this year. Closer to home, Justice League is due to swoop onto Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th and can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.
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