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Justice League Changes Steppenwolf's Connection to Darkseid

Justice League reportedly changes the comic book connection between Steppenwolf and the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid. Zack Snyder's highly-anticipated superhero team-up film, Justice League, comes one year after Warner Bros. officially launched their DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe) with the filmmaker's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and unites the world's finest heroes - Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the Flash (Ezra Miller) - against the villainous Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and his army of Parademons.

For quite some time, it was believed that Darkseid would be the first villain that the League faces, but it was confirmed last year that Steppenwolf would be taking on the newly-formed superhero team when the film hits theaters this November. For those that don't know, Steppenwolf is typically depicted as the archvillain Darkseid's uncle and one of the top members of Darkseid's Elite. However, it seems that the New God's live-action origin and connection to Darkseid may differ from his comic book roots.

Related: Darkseid & Steppenwolf's History Explained

According to Geek Magazine, rather than being Darkseid's uncle, the upcoming Justice League movie turns the tables and depicts Steppenwolf as Darkseid's nephew. Here's the excerpt that reveals the new connection:

"In Justice League, Batman and Wonder Woman, following Superman's death in battling Doomsday, is intent on bringing together a team to take on Steppenwolf. This new menace is the nephew to Darkseid of Apokolips (presumably the big bad of the second JL adventure). Steppenwolf is on Earth to retrieve three Mother Boxes, one of which is now a part of Cyborg."

It's certainly possible that Geek misprinted and meant to say that Darkseid is Steppenwolf's nephew, but if not, and if this new connection turns out to be true (along with other rumored origin changes), then it will certainly change the dynamic the two characters have shared since comic book legend Jack Kirby created them in the early '70s. Moreover, the new familial connection would be easier for general audiences to digest, considering that it would seem strange for a nephew to command his uncle and send his uncle into battle for him.

Of course, we won't know the official connection between the two characters until Justice League hits theaters next month, though it's possible that this news may not actually be confirmed or denied until much later, when the supervillain Darkseid shows up for the first time and attempts to destroy the newly-formed superhero team for himself.

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Source: Geek Magazine

Key Release Dates
  • Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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