Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg are coming together on the big screen for the first time in Justice League. Naturally, the film needs a villain powerful enough to take on these six superheroes. Darkseid's trusted general, Steppenwolf, will be taking on that gigantic task. But he won't be alone in invading Earth. He'll have his massive army of Parademons alongside him.
We got a glimpse of the terrifying creatures during Bruce Wayne's dream (hallucination, future vision, what was that exactly?) in #BatmanVSuperman, and again in the different Justice League trailers that have come out so far.
Now however, we have our best look at the pack, and they are a force that is not to be trifled with.
One of the designers who worked on BvS, Patrick Tatopoulos, took to Instagram to share a close-up look at one of the #Parademons, and the image is gruesome to say the least. Check it out in all of its Apokaliptian glory:
Well, that is one haunting baddie. The #JusticeLeague members are truly brave individuals for even getting close to those things. If it was me in that battle, I would just scream and run the other way. The artist himself acknowledged the gruesome nature of the creatures in the caption:
How Does That Design Compare To The Parademons From The Comics?
The DCEU Parademons may retain the essence of their comic book counterparts, but there are also major differences between both versions. In the comics, the Parademons sport thick armors (which is understandable, considering all the wars Apokolips is constantly involved in).
The DCEU version is much more spider-like and organic in appearance, however. What appears to be a spider's exoskeleton, which is surprisingly tough, surrounds the body.
The Parademon's bone structure is completely visible in Tatopoulos' picture, which hints at the creature's design being strongly influenced by arachnids or insects of some sort. If that's the case, it's not unreasonable to assume that the aliens' exoskeletons will serve as organic armors of sorts –– especially because of how Aquaman needed to surf on one into a building to defeat it.
Even more intriguing, there are the metallic components attached to the skeleton, which seemingly indicates the creatures have gone through some sort of bio-organic enhancement process. This is an interesting deviation from the comics, because it gives the Parademons a much more frightening appearance.
It looks like the #DCEU is taking a more natural route for the residents of Apokolips. Steppenwolf, for example, seems to be a blend between armor and his own body.
I'm a big fan of this new take on the mythology, because it gives the characters a component of psychological terror. They aren't scary just because of how hard they can punch #Superman across the jaw, but because they look like otherworldly presences—like true demons. These aren't pretty villains, they're gruesome creatures who look like they'll literally chew your head off if you get close enough.
Taking all those frightening elements into account, the Parademons could give the Justice League a run for their money prior to them inevitably facing #Steppenwolf, so hopefully they won't be treated as mere minions. We'll get to see the villains in action once Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
What do you think at our most detailed look at the Parademons? Do you like this design better over the look of the comics? Let me know in the comments!