As we get closer the grand unveiling of Zack Snyder‘s real vision for Justice League, we are discovering more juicy details about how Warner Bros sh*t the bed when Joss Whedon ran roughshod all over the film we ended up seeing in theaters.
Case in point: Steppenwolf.
When you think of Ciaran Hinds’ character in the movie, you think of this claymation rouse for CGI that is so embarrassing, a few kids in junior high could have rocked something better than that!
Turns out that was also a colossal fart-and-fall-down moment in the production of the movie that wasn’t. Steppenwolf was forced to look like his face was melted candle wax with a giant scrot on his chin because he was deemed “too scary.”
Spikes are Scary for Steppenwolf
In case you didn’t pay your electric bill for the past few months and missed the trailer, here’s the original-revised-yet-mean-to-be-original looking people in The Snyder Cut, including the S&M version of Steppenwolf. Watch out, kids!
Scary, right? Just petrifying.
Considering what we saw in a refreshed Steppenwolf, Zack Snyder took to Vero’s YouTube channel to explain what is really going on. Evidently, those spikes are what he originally planned, but Warner Bros. stuck their oversized schnoz where it doesn’t belong and had Darkseid’s left-hand guy changed for fear of … well, fear.
“There were discussions and a lot of back and forth about the new design and the creation of this new design. I think the initial thought was that he was a little too scary and a little too alien and a little too intense. I personally thought he was awesome and that he represented a real threat, and does represent a real threat, not just to the Justice League, but to the entire planet. I think he looks amazing and that the team has done a great job.”Zack Snyder, Vero Clip, Nov. 2020
The breakdown below is an hour long, but it’s well worth the time. (Too scary?! The hell is going on at Warner Bros.?)