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One of the designers behind an upcoming Justice League toy has given fans their best look yet at the face of the film's primary villain, Steppenwolf.
As the release Justice League draws closer, promotional and merchandising imagery are beginning to reveal secrets that Warner Bros. and the filmmakers have not yet shown off in trailers and official interviews. While Steppenwolf, played by Ciaran Hinds, has appeared briefly in footage released by the studio, the best looks at the New Gods' greatest military mind have all come in the form of toys.
This time, the image comes from an artist who sculpted Steppenwolf's head for Marvel's DC Multiverse line. The line, which is sold at Wal-Mart, Target, and other mainstream retailers, generally presents screen-accurate but not supremely-detailed takes on the characters from movies, TV, and popular comic book storylines like The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Zero Year.
The sculpt, aside from providing a closer look at the villain fans have only seen briefly and in motion, doesn't reveal much: it appears as though he has black eyes and a grayish skin tone, but that could easily be that the sculpt was rendered in grayscale.
If he does have gray skin, it could actually cause a bit of confusion among casual fans; it is likely that Darkseid, Steppenwolf's nephew, will be the central villain in the next Justice League movie, and while it would make sense for the family members to share an aesthetic, the horns/bony protrusions on Steppenwolf's chin evoke Doomsday, who appeared in 2015's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Having three consecutive "big bads" who share the same, unusual gray skin color would likely link all three of them -- both of the New Gods and Doomsday -- in the minds of many viewers.
The first two photos of action figures seen on retailer websites have indicated a Steppenwolf with caucasian skin and red eyes.
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In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.