Character designs are always changing in the world of comic book movies. However, it’s relatively rare that a character will face a drastic full-on redesign in between movies. Such seems to be the case with Steppenwolf.
Steppenwolf was a villain that was unexpectedly introduced in the Ultimate Cut of Batman v Superman (that’s right, he wasn’t even introduced in the original cut of the flick). The scene showed off a hologram version of the character in Zod’s crashed spaceship, which cried out like an alien, before disappearing. Check out the scene below:
We wouldn’t see the character again until this year’s Justice League hit theaters, and in it, he would be the main villain. In the film, however, his design was remade to look much more human in nature — a far cry from how he was introduced in BvS.
However, concept artist Jerad S. Marantz recently took to Instagram to show off an earlier version of the character, and it looks a lot more in line with the alien we saw in the ship in his introduction.
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.
Of course, you could still highlight the main differences in his head shape, but it definitely is a substantial step closer to what we started out with.
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SOURCE: Jerad S. Marantz