Ciarán Hinds Confirms Steppenwolf Role For 'Justice League'

Ciarán Hinds has finally confirmed that he is indeed playing the main antagonist in Zack Snyder's Justice League. His role was reported to be Steppenwolf, essentially a god in the DC Comics lore, and now the Irish actor has spoken about his upcoming role.

Hinds, speaking to The Independent, confessed that, “[He] never read any of those comic books as a kid. So it’s all fairly new to me.” The thespian's big break was when John Boorman scooped a young Hinds up for Excalibur, which Hinds noted that Zack Snyder paid “homage” to Boorman’s film in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “They were great fans of Excalibur, Zack and his team. Maybe that’s how I got the role [in Justice League]! Who knows? There’s a bit when they’re walking in Gotham City and suddenly on a marquee of a cinema you see Excalibur playing.” Later on in the film we see Superman getting impaled by a large spear like blade from Doomsday. “That’s exactly what happened in Excalibur, with Nigel Terry [who played King Arthur] pierced by Mordred.”

Given that in the comics the character of Steppenwolf is essentially a god from a distant world, who is a massive force physically, Hinds was an odd choice for some to play the DC Comics baddie. However the actor reveals that he did perform the role via motion-capture, a first for the actor, with cameras strapped to him and wearing a “very tight and embarrassing” suit covered with sensors. “Basically they’re going to construct something, digitally, and then they will use my eyes and mouth.” 

In comes Hinds' old friend Liam Neeson, who has some experience in motion-capture thanks to playing a giant tree in A Monster Calls, for help. “He sent me a little pamphlet of stuff – with him looking much more elegant than I was, I have to say.” Hinds went on to reveal even more details about his role as Steppenwolf, a close companion of Darkseid, who is yet to be given a live-action counterpart. “He’s old, tired, still trying to get out of his own enslavement to Darkseid, [but] he has to keep on this line to try and take over worlds.”

While we haven't seen our first official look at Steppenwolf, here is the first trailer for the film that shows us a little glimpse of what is to come November.

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West.

Justice League hits theatres November 17, 2017.

Source: The Independent


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