As fantastic as the effects in the first two acts of (nearly) all the DC Extended Universe films look, DC always biffs it with the final villain and overall third act. If Marvel has a thinly written villain problem, then the current state of DC leaves their baddies desperately lacking in both depth and visual appeal. One misses Heath Ledger’s Joker and even Tom Hardy’s Bane more than ever.
Justice League‘s Steppenwolf has got to be the worst looking villain of the bunch, though his own design is not worse than the worst of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s something about DC’s nearly monochromatic final villians that seem to blend in with their darker, equally monochromatic backgrounds that makes a character like Steppenwolf, similar to Thanos is several ways, just not pop as much.
Though he still doesn’t “pop” color-wise, especially with all those grey alien ship interiors… some earlier designs from Justice League concept artist Jared S. Marantz are pretty spectacular, far more alien and terrifying than the “meh” version used in the final film
Here is some more early #concepart of #steppenwolf from #justiceleague. I did so many versions of this character while working with costume designer Michael Wilkinson on the film. I was looking online and noticed that there were a lot paintings already released with this design in them. This was one of my favorite versions of the character. It was very exciting to try something so alien for Steppenwolf. Working on justice league was an incredible experience for me. Both teams in LA in the UK were amazing and I’ll always think fondly of that time.#dcu #comicbookmovie #jla #apocalypse #zbrush #keyshot #photoshop #creaturedesign
Early #steppenwolf #conceptart for #justiceleague done with #costumedesigner @michaelwilkinson Some of the Concept art can be seen in #theartofjusticeleague book. It was really fun doing the early exploration. There were a lot of talented artists on this project. Some of my favorite work was done by artist and production designer @ptatopoulos . Ive been a huge fan of his work and it was an honor working on the same project.
All that being said, that is a complicated design, and with the Steppenwolf we received not looking as detailed as this sucker, I wonder if the production team even had the time to include this much detail on the body. I do like the more alien appearance, as appeared to him looking like a grey man with a weird rock beard and equally grey Loki helmet.
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