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    Steppenwolf (Justice League, 2017)

    Steppenwolf
    Mother. - Pathetic way to introduce a villain.
    Gender: Male
    Type: Generic doomsday villain
    Dishonoring warrior
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Apokoliptian
    Portrayed by: Ciaran Hinds
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Justice League


    Steppenwolf is the main antagonist of the 2017 film Justice League. He is a military general from the planet Apokolips and the uncle of Darkseid.

    Why He Should Be Banished to the Phantom Zone

    This article is only focusing on Steppenwolf from Joss Whedon's theatrical cut of Justice League.

    1. Steppenwolf, in this version, is just another horn-wearing alien tyrant with generic evil plans of taking over the world while being a genocidal pervert and also a weak first threat for the Justice League.
    2. He may be like this but he's kind of a lamer version of Marvel's Thanos and mostly with Thor villain, Loki with similar generic schemes.
      • Both of them are the main antagonists of their respective films (Justice League (the theatrical cut) and Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame). The major difference is that, despite carrying a giant lead axe, Steppenwolf got beaten by 6 heroes while Thanos beat nearly 30 heroes with his bare hands, regardless of whether he was using Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet or not, before wiping out half of all life in the universe.
      • He also becomes even more of a ripoff of Loki as he is trying to do some one-liners with some quotes ripped fit more Loki than Steppenwolf.
        • "You're all too weak to see the truth!" just before Superman comes in to beat him when confronting him that he’s “also a fan of justice”.
        • "No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall, like all the others."
    3. His original 2017 design looks like an obscured video game character with a bland, boring, plain, and monochromatic color scheme of greyish-blue and beige, whereas Marvel's Thanos (as mentioned above) has a bright, eye-catching color scheme of purple skin and gold-and-blue armor/tunic.
      • He looks also looks like Shinnok and his corrupted form (with a similar horn design) from Mortal Kombat X.
    4. He calls himself the "End of Worlds" (which was never in Snyder’s version of the character). However, he doesn't live up to that alias since he got beaten up by 6 heroes (especially Superman) and got killed by his own Parademons (who act like the Flying Monkeys and the Winkies from The Wizard of Oz) after his axe was destroyed by Wonder Woman (similar to when the Wicked Witch of West doesn't have her pointy hat).
    5. He is forgotten and not mentioned after Justice League.
    6. Say what you will about Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy, but his actions made more sense compared to Steppenwolf's.
    7. He barely has a little connection to his nephew, Darkseid, whom Steppenwolf said that he wanted to be “free from his servitude” (in which he was exiled from his planet).
    8. It was also revealed that Steppenwolf fighting other warriors (including the Amazons and Atlanteans) from eons ago was originally Darkseid who was replaced by him.
    9. He keeps monologuing too much in the repetitive film.
    10. Since his design feels off, his hands kinda feel like he's closing them as fists.
    11. He barely has any connection with Lex Luthor (whom he had communicated to him) from only the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    12. Her "mother" line is very cringeworthy because the Mother Boxes are his "mothers” that he worships and is never brought up after Zack Snyder’s cut of the film removed parts that weren’t in his version.
    13. Speaking of the Mother Boxes Steppenwolf also wants to use them just to turn Earth into a "New Apokolips". Of course, Apokolips was NOT created synthetically! And it’s ripped straight and rehashed General Zod’s plan to turn Earth into their planet Krypton.
    14. He's a rip-off of Lyric from Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, as both have the generic schemes of "I'm gonna destroy the world because I'm evil!".
    15. His motivations make no sense and are very unoriginal but Wonder Woman, where said that his “warfare drove him mad”, which led to the Parademons not keeping him from fighting the war despite wanting “their alliance to crumble”.
    16. His defeat is a rip-off from both Scar from The Lion King and Pitch Black from Rise of the Guardians, Where Steppenwolf has a mental breakdown after Wonder Woman destroys his axe and his Parademons promptly teleport him away (possibly to kill him), making it too similar to Wicked Witch of the West's pointy witch hat (which commands the winged monkeys and the Winkie guards) from Wizard of Oz.
    17. This version would also appear in the Superman manga published by Kodansha Comics titled Superman vs. Food: Superman Dining Alone, and is easily defeated by Superman from the start of the first chapter just for a comedy about eating food.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. While his design may not look great, at least he does look like how he did in the comics.
      • His armor looks similar to its New 52 version, which is good and could have been better.
    2. Much like the Joker, who had his characterization redeemed, he has a different design, more screen time, and a better motivation in the director's cut titled Zack Snyder's Justice League.
      • Instead of planning to destroy the world and turn it into his "New Apokolips" just because he wants to, this different version of Steppenwolf wants to conquer Earth to regain his honor and convince Darkseid that he's still worthy.

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