JUSTICE LEAGUE Director Reveals Why Warner Bros. Weren't On Board With Original Steppenwolf Design

Justice League director Zack Snyder reveals why Warner Bros. weren't on board with his original design for Steppenwolf, with his comments finally explaining why we saw that version in Joss Whedon's cut.

Justice League director Zack Snyder recently shared a breakdown for the latest version of the movie's trailer. It's well worth a watch, particularly as the filmmaker sheds some light on why he clashed with Warner Bros. before they ultimately decided to have Joss Whedon take over and finish the movie. 

It seems that one thing, in particular, they disagreed on was the appearance of Steppenwolf. 

"There were discussions and a lot of back and forth about the new design and the creation of this new design," Snyder revealed. "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."

Talking about the new (well, original) version of the Justice League villain, the filmmaker added: "I think he looks amazing and that the team has done a great job."

The two versions of Steppenwolf are worlds apart, and the take that's coming to HBO Max is definitely scarier than the cartoonish, typical CGI baddie we saw in the 2017 cut of Justice League. Whether he'll look any better in action remains to be seen, but he seemed pretty damn formidable in that new trailer.

What do you guys think?


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