Wonder Woman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman are all coming collectively in Justice League. And whereas a lot of the promotion for the film has centered on the brand new superheroes and the enlargement of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), little or no has been teased in regards to the Justice League villain, Steppenwolf. Briefly proven in just a few of the principle trailers and clips, Steppenwolf is being saved beneath wraps. So significantly, simply who is that this mysterious Justice League villain?
Unlike the a number of villains in Batman v Superman (Lex Luthor, Senator Finch, Doomsday), there is just one important villain in Justice League: Steppenwolf. As one of many New Gods within the DC Universe, he poses a serious menace when he arrives on Earth in Justice League. (He must be, if it warrants Bruce Wayne rallying up a tough crew of superheroes.) A literal god, he is not simple to defeat, even by Wonder Woman. As teased within the trailers, Steppenwolf towers over Diana, and wields a large sword and axe. If his intimidating stature and spectacular weapons inform us something, it is that he is not going to be simple to take down. The villain, nonetheless, is greater than only a bodily menace to the newly shaped Justice League, he is additionally essential to the continuation of the DCEU mythology kickstarted in Batman v Superman, particularly regarding Darkseid.
In the comics, Steppenwolf lives within the Fourth World, a realm separate from the Earth Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg name house. His house planet Apokolips is led by Darkseid, his nephew, who’s, in line with Nerdist, obsessive about conquering different worlds. Suffice it to say that no matter Steppenwolf is doing on Earth in Justice League, it isn’t good for our superheroes. In reality, followers may need already seen what a Steppenwolf-ruled Earth would seem like.
Remember the Batman v Superman nightmare sequence, aka Bruce’s imaginative and prescient of a apocalypse-like actuality, through which Superman has turned evil? Well, with the introduction of Steppenwolf to the DCEU, the sequence takes on an entire new which means. And the nightmare was peppered with references to identified DC villain Darkseid, and, because of a message kind the Flash (both from the long run or an alternate universe/Earth,) is clearly a warning of a future Batman has to forestall. Though Darkseid himself just isn’t proven in BvS, the sequence is filled with the Parademons of Apokolips, winged troopers who work for within the comics. These are the identical parademons that look like surrounding Steppenwolf in Justice Lague trailers. Not solely do the parademons join Bruce’s imaginative and prescient to the occasions of Justice League, additionally they join Steppenwolf to Darkseid, which might be a serious trace as to a future DCEU villain. (It’s additionally value noting that Steppenwolf seems in a BvS deleted scene connecting him to Lex Luthor.)
Based on what we find out about Steppenwolf, particularly that he serves Darkseid, his solo presence in Justice League raises just a few questions. After all, would Darkseid actually ship Steppenwolf to beat Earth for him? (Would the powers that be at DC actually make the principle Justice League villain a center man?) Assuming Darkseid doesn’t present up in Justice League, then it might stand to cause that Steppenwolf’s arrival on Earth is not all about colonization. According to Inverse, Steppenwolf is on Earth to get better three Mother Boxes, described by the positioning as “sentient supercomputers.” The Mother Boxes are hidden throughout the globe, with one in Themyscira, one in Atlantis, and, lastly, one being utilized by Cyborg. This would clarify photographs within the trailer that seem to point out Themyscira being invaded by parademons, as seen beneath, and why this tremendous crew up is critical within the first place.
Steppenwolf is actually a formidable villain for the Justice League, nevertheless it’s nonetheless solely potential that he is simply the appetizer earlier than the principle course. Could Justice League be teasing us with Steppenwolf solely to shock followers with Darkseid? Or will Darkseid solely come into the DCEU later — for Justice League 2 maybe? Only time will inform.