The last time we saw Steppenwolf, he was relegated to deleted scene status in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the clip, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is communicating with Darkseid‘s subordinate, inside the Kryptonian ship, when soldiers infiltrate, causing Steppenwolf to screech and disappear along with three Mother Boxes.
Throughout Justice League‘s filming process, we learned that this character would be the first true enemy for Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Now, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap, we know who will be voicing the motion capture villain, renowned Irish-actor Ciaran Hinds.
Hinds is a veteran in the acting world, known for his roles in such films as Road to Perdition, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2, and most recently for his brief role as The King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones. In Justice League, he’ll play as Steppenwolf, the uncle of Darkseid who leads the military of Apokolips. Certain versions of him, New 52, has him killing the likes of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Therefore, he’s not really someone to write off.
As for the Mother Boxes, he’s after, Producer Charles Roven had this to say,
“[Back] before there was a history … mankind, the Atlanteans — before they were under water — the Amazonians and, actually, the old gods, teamed together and decided that — based on an event that happened — these mother boxes were going to be placed in the care of, as I say, the Amazonians, mankind and the Atlanteans, So that allows us to get into some of those environments.”
What Charles is trying to explain is that the Mother Boxes were entrusted with humans, Amazonians, and Atlanteans. The journey to find them will lead our heroes to each one of these dominions, in an effort to protect them from the likes of Darkseid and his people. As for what they are, they’re simply alien technology capable of doing anything and everything. It’s unclear if the DCCU will keep with that definition or if they’ll specify it more.
Justice League will hit theaters November 17, 2017!