An issue of Hollywood Spotlight Magazine has now contradicted reports and rumors that in the upcoming Justice League movie, Steppenwolf the main antagonist would be Darkseid’s nephew. The article suggests that Steppenwolf will actually remain Darkseid’s uncle, which is how things are in the comics. While I doubt this minor detail will be important in the film It could prove relevant later down the road should Warner Bros. choose to explore the New Gods.
If you find yourself wondering who Darkseid is, he is the ruler of the planet Apokolips and its forces, a conqueror who’s goal is to eliminate all free will. He is associated with the Omega symbol as he possesses the Omega Force, is one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, and a long time enemy of the League having faced them many times. Darkseid and his planet were eluded to during Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when Bruce Wayne had his knightmare, Apokolips is typically depicted as a high tech industrial wasteland with enormous fire pits. He is expected to be the villain for the second Justice League team up movie after being teased and built up to, similarly to how Marvel have handled Thanos.
Additionally the article mentions that Steppenwolf has come into contact with Doomsday, those of you unfamiliar with the comics will know him as the Ninja Turtle Cave Troll lookin’ CGI villain from Batman v Superman that was created by Lex Luthor using General Zod’s corpse. Obviously at first glance this seems pretty odd as we saw the creation and death of the character, so how could Steppenwolf have crossed paths with him? Taking a look back at the movie, the computer on board the Kryptonian ship tries to warn Luthor that playing with or experimenting on Kryptonian DNA is prohibited and dangerous. When the forces of Apokolips attack a planet they convert its inhabitants into the Parademons which make up the bulk of their army, replenishing and bolstering their numbers with each successful takeover. Could the Doomsday deformity and transformation be a fail-safe to dissuade attacks or raids on ancient Krypton? Does this mean that a more comic accurate incarnation of Doomsday is out there in the DC movie universe?
The Justice League synopsis reads:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.
The League arrive on November 17th.