Now that Batman and Superman have stopped fighting each other, they and the rest of the Justice League will unite to fight the evil Steppenwolf in the DCEU. But who is this mysterious villain? What kind of threat will he pose in the first Justice League movie? And what's up with that headgear?
Join us as we reveal everything you need to know about Steppenwolf, the almighty villain who holds absolutely no connection to the killer '60s rock band... we assume.
Steppenwolf Is A German Coyote?
Steppenwolf was first created by Jack Kirby in 1972, debuting in New Gods #7. Comic book fans know that Steppenwolf led the military of Apokolips against the forces of good, but what they might not know is that his name is German for "wolf of the steppe", or coyote.
Keeping It In The Family
Steppenwolf may work for Darkseid as the leader of his military, but the Justice League villain is actually his uncle. The two usually work together, keeping it in the family. However, Steppenwolf occasionally rebels against orders from his nephew, usually to disastrous consequences.
Steppenwolf Steps Up
The New Gods possess a variety of abilities, including immortality, super strength and enhanced speed. Steppenwolf has stepped up his game here though, using his military genius to make himself an even stronger force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. As if that wasn't enough, Steppenwolf also rides into each fight with a cavalry of monstrous dogs, wielding his trademark electro-axe in tow.
Wonder No More
Remember that time Steppenwolf killed Wonder Woman? During DC's New 52 reboot, Darkseid's uncle invaded a parallel world called Earth 2 where he killed #WonderWoman by literally stabbing her in the back. This Earth 2 comic instantly established Steppenwolf as a force to be reckoned with and was probably why his character was chosen to be the main villain in the Justice League movie.
Batman Put A 'Hex' On Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf hasn't always been portrayed as all-powerful though. During an episode of the animated cartoon Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Steppenwolf was defeated in an alien arena by #Batman and Jonah Hex. These two mortals may be formidable heroes, but neither possesses a single power between them, making it somewhat embarrassing that they managed to defeat an actual god.
Dawn Of Steppenwolf
Justice League won't be the first time that we've seen Steppenwolf in live action. A deleted scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows Lex Luthor communicating with a hologram of the villain via Kryptonian technology. Holding three Mother Boxes, Steppenwolf warned Luthor of Darkseid and the alien threat that lies beyond Earth. Pretty nice of him, actually.
The Luck Of The Irish
64 year old Irish actor Ciarán Hinds will play Steppenwolf in Justice League, but this isn't the first time that the celebrated performer has starred in a comic book movie. Aside from his gangster role in the film Road To Perdition, Hinds also starred in the critically maligned sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Here, he played a demon named Roarke who transformed Johnny Blaze into Ghost Rider in the first place.
Steppenwolf Gets Ahead
Ciarán Hinds performed the role of Steppenwolf through motion-capture, sheathed in a tight suit covered with sensors and cameras. All that audiences will see of Hinds is his eyes and mouth in Justice League. The rest of the character will be developed through CGI, including Steppenwolf's muscular physique and signature headgear.
Courtesy of Screenrant, Hinds revealed during an interview with The Michael Ball Show that he never even met the rest of the Justice League cast, instead performing alone in a motion-capture studio;
"I didn’t even have a costume when I was doing it. It’s all done in motion capture. So… they stick a helmet on your head, they put two cameras around, and they capture all your expressions, facial expressions. So basically, they’re going to concoct some kind of construction and they will use my facial expressions – eyes, mouth, voice – they’ll turn into this murderous, avenging Steppenwolf from the planet Apokolips, apparently. Who’s bent on Hell on Earth."
Whether Steppenwolf's appearance heralds the arrival of the New Gods or not, we can guarantee that the likes of Batman and Wonder Woman will have their work cut out for them when he brings the pain in #JusticeLeague this November. Maybe then we'll also learn why #Steppenwolf thinks that helmet is such a good look for him.
Which member of the Justice League will be the one to finally defeat Steppenwolf, once and for all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!