If you have watched the extended version of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice then you would have no doubt noticed the massive hint that DC Comics villain Steppenwolf would be the film’s big bad in follow-up Justice League, owing to the fact that he gets shown in a hologram conjured up by Lex Luthor. While director Zack Snyder has been keeping the villain’s civilian identity a secret, The Wrap appears to have confirmed that Ciarán Hinds will be playing him.
Most recently seen in Game Of Thrones as wildling leader Mance Rayder, Hinds represents a solid enough choice of actor – indeed, he’s pretty much the dictionary definition of a safe pair of hands – so we’re not too worried about this particular casting choice. Like his Marvel Comics counterpart, Thanos, Steppenwolf will beplayed by Hinds in motion capture, with it being likely that the character will look completely different to the golden-hued version we saw at the end of Batman V Superman.
Highlighting the MCU similarities even further, it looks like Steppenwolf’s endgame will be the capture of the three all-powerful Mother Boxes (read: Infinity Stones), which are scattered around the globe: one entrusted to the humans (it was the thing that breathed life into Cyborg), one with the Atlanteans, and another in Themiscyra, home to the Amazons. Judging by this, it looks as if Justice League will be a real globe-trotting affair.
Hinds joins a cast that already includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, JK Simmons, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Kiersey Clemons, with Zack Snyder directing from a script penned by Chris Terrio.
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