Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds tells us about his character Steppenwolf in the upcoming Justice League movie. From his mindset to his connection with the overlord of Apokolips Darkseid, the Irish actor reveals it all.
After catching a glimpse of the villain along with hordes of parademons, fans are excited to know more about Darkseid’s lieutenant. Unfortunately, the only sources available are comics from decades ago.
Fortunately, it was confirmed that Ciaran Hinds will play the role of the alien general. The 64-year old actor is known to many as the actor who played Aberforth Dumbledore in the final installment of the Harry Potter films. That was before he got the role as Mance Rayder, the charismatic leader of the Free Folk in Game of Thrones.
After his character went up in flames, literally, the Irish actor continued to star in films and movies. Now he has found himself as the main antagonist in Justice League and he’s just as stoked as the fans.
Contrary to what many believe, Steppenwolf is not as loyal to his master as his role suggests. Sure he is obeying orders by retrieving the Mother Boxes but he also has ulterior motives.
Ciaran Hinds Describes His Justice League Character Steppenwolf
According to Cinemablend, Hinds reveals that Steppenwolf is venturing far and out with this wild goose chase in order to secure his freedom. According to him, the alien general is “old, tired, and still trying to get out of his own enslavement to Darkseid” and that he has to keep on this line to try and take over worlds.
The actor mentioned this during the discussion of his new movie Bleed For This. Hinds was careful not to reveal too much but he did let this one tidbit slip through.
He revealed that his character wants to free himself from Darkseid’s hold through obeying him or through other means. Whether he is successful or not, we’ll just have to wait seven months to find out.
This poses quite an interesting turn of events. Unlike the generic one-dimensional evil villain we have seen so many times, Steppenwolf seems to be doing bad under duress. He seems more like a hostage rather than a genuine bad guy.
Still, that doesn’t make him good especially if you’re still doing the bidding of your conquering master. His reason is more of self-preservation rather than protecting something dear to him. Still, being a non-generic villain is an A+ when it comes to superhero villains, which is probably the reason why many Marvel fans loved Loki.
This also reveals more about the big dark hand in all this: Darkseid. If Steppenwolf, one of his elite generals, wants to break away from his grasp he probably rules through fear rather than the loyalty of his subjects.
This could probably lead to some strange alliances between his minions and Earth’s protectors once he makes his move on Earth. His minions probably see Earth as their ticket out of slavery and the Justice League probably see them as allies who are willing to fight a common enemy.
Ciaran Hinds Shared His Filming Experiences
Other than the nature of his character, Hinds also revealed some of his experiences during production. He reaffirmed that Steppenwolf will be mostly CGI which required him to play his character via motion capture.
He described his experiences as having to wear a “very tight and embarrassing suit” with sensors and cameras during production. While it seems very inconvenient, for the actor at least, this allows more creative and “realistic” portrayal of the alien. This is certainly much better than using latex and make-up to bring Steppenwolf to life.
With that in mind, it looks like Justice League is turning out to be blockbuster in the making. So be sure to catch it when it hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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