– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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.

What do you think of this initial design? Should they have gone with something more alien than we ended up with? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Jerad S. Marantz

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Whatever design would have been fine if they would have spent more time and money on making him look like a real person and not a cartoon.

    • Barry Meltfarb

      They could’ve kept the exact same design and had him actually played by a real person. After millions of dollars and god knows how many man-hours, they ended up with what is basically a guy in a helmet, only taken from a video game in 2005.

  • David E

    How about using a real guy in a costume?

  • Smerdyakov

    Making him look like Darkseid would have been the real smart thing. And then calling him Darkseid.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Or rather than copy Marvel and have them team up against one big bad they should have had all of their enemies team up against them. Zoom, Deathstroke, Ron Evers, Brainiac, Cheetah, and Black Manta.

      • Smerdyakov

        Yeah, the promise of Justice League two as a battle of leagues sounds like way more fun than the first one. But since the first one under performed who knows if we’ll ever get to see it?

  • suckit15694

    Just watched this movie what a steaming pile it was . Could not even finish the movie . No chemistry at all between these actors and the worst dialogue ever

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.