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Image via HBO

Image via HBO

The DC Extended Universe has definitely been a wholly unique beast. Batman v Superman took a completely unexpected turn when it was revealed prior to its release that it would be receiving an extended cut. Not only did that extended cut contain 30 minutes of great footage that helped make sense of the main narrative, but it also contained one key scene involving Lex Luthor and a strange hologram alien figure.

The clip was released online first, and after a few rounds of speculation, it was widely accepted (and later confirmed) to be that of Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s uncle and lieutenant. Later on, it was confirmed that Steppenwolf would, in fact, be the big bad for the Justice League to take on in the 2017 film of the same name. So, yes, the main villain in a forthcoming movie was indeed revealed in a cut scene from a movie, which isn’t necessarily the best way to go about things — but that’s a topic for another day.

Like how Marvel Studios had Thanos turn and face the camera in Avengers — long before they ended up casting Josh Brolin in the role — it sounds like Warner Bros. has done the same here, in that they cast Steppenwolf long after the character first appeared.

So who will be playing this big bad alien in Justice League? According to TheWrap, Irish actor Ciarán Hinds, who plays Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones, has secured the role of Steppenwolf. Insiders state that his look will upgraded from that initial appearance in the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition, though there was no embellishment as to how it would look different. 

One of the big conversation pieces coming off of the release of that video was how unlike his comic book counterpart Steppenwolf looked. Perhaps with Hinds now cast, they’ll be able to actually make him look closer to how he should look — and in retrospect, perhaps why that scene was cut to begin with. 

Post-Flashpoint Steppenwolf (image via DC Comics)

Post-Flashpoint Steppenwolf (image via DC Comics)

Regardless, hopefully we’ll get a chance to see Hind’s ensemble in the near future, hopefully when the first official trailer drops some point early next year.

What do you think of this casting decision? Let us know in the comments down below!

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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