With the ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League due to hit HBO Max sometime in the first half of 2021, fan anticipation is mounting. Following the Superman teaser released at Justice Con – and ahead of DC FanDome, where a trailer is expected to premiere – Zack Snyder has shared a low-resolution sneak-peak at villain Steppenwolf’s new look for his version of the movie.
Snyder’s version of Steppenwolf is clearly more monstrous looking than the Steppenwolf who appeared in the theatrical cut of Justice League, which was completed by Joss Whedon. We can see even in the low-res picture that Snyder’s Steppenwolf is more obviously sharp-edged and spiky, compared to the humanoid villain seen in the theatrical cut. The new image is far more reminiscent of the huge, demonic version of Steppenwolf who features in the Ultimate Edition of Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Another point of interest in the picture is the numbers in the top left corner. As many fans online have pointed out, if this is the runtime, then Steppenwolf doesn’t make his appearance among the Amazons of Themyscira until about an hour into the movie. In contrast, Steppenwolf appears in Themyscira around 20 minutes into the theatrical cut of Justice League – which suggests material excised from the theatrical edition may feature in the Snyder Cut.
We already know that many things about Steppenwolf were cut from the theatrical version – including more on his relationship with Darkseid, his past and (spoiler alert) his death at the wrong end of Aquaman’s trident and Wonder Woman’s sword.
We’ll be waiting until DC FanDome on August 22nd for more details on the Snyder Cut – including the official title and whether it will arrive to HBO Max as a miniseries or one extra-long movie.
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