Shortly following the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters a deleted scene was posted online featuring Lex Luthor interacting with an alien character. Online speculation was all over the place on who this character might be and what involvement he may have in future DC films. Now Birth.Movies.Death claims to have a source confirming who it is and also stating that he will be the main antagonist in Justice League Part 1. Read on to discover more (spoilers ahead).
Here’s the report from Birth.Movies.Death on who was featured in that scene and what it could mean for the franchise moving forward.
“Yup, it’s Steppenwolf. When the deleted scene of Lex Luthor meeting a monster in his Kryptonian warm bath first popped up online the internet thought that monster was Steppenwolf. I couldn’t believe it – the monster barely looked like Steppenwolf, and in fact his whole aesthetic was nothing like that of the New Gods, the corner of the DC Comics universe from which Steppenwolf arises. But I was wrong! Boy was I wrong.
In the comics Steppenwolf is the uncle of Darkseid and the military leader of Apokolips. He has a cool energy axe and rides an even cooler hoverbike. In the more recent “New 52” continuity of DC, Steppenwolf actually sees some action and invades Earth – I’m assuming that’s the run they’re basing Justice League on, at least lightly”
So what does this mean for Justice League Part 1? Initially the belief was that Darkseid would be the main baddie in that film. However, B.M.D. states that Steppenwolf would leapfrog him as the first villain the team would face, saving Darkseid for the sequel. Not only that, but if what they say is correct then the League needs some help to fight off Steppenwolf and the parademons.
“In Justice League Steppenwolf has a contentious history with Darkseid, which could be why he’s invading the Earth. But stopping him – and, I’m assuming, his Parademon hordes – requires more power than the members of the Justice League can muster, and so they must turn to a dead friend for help…
Darkseid is a presence in the movie, and fully appears at the end of the film, but don’t expect him to do much. The other DC solo movies between Justice League and Justice League 2 take place in realish time – ie, The Flash takes place after Justice League – so whatever evil plan Darkseid has will wait until Justice League 2 to be revealed.”
Justice League Part 2 arrives in theaters November 17, 2017.