New Justice League merchandise offers the best looks at DCEU's new big bad villain, Steppenwolf, and the superhero team's vehicle that we saw on set last summer: the Flying Fox. Warner Bros. has spent years attempting to bring the Justice League superhero team to the big screen and it's finally happening in Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's film later this year which sees the world's finest heroes - Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) - unite against the villainous Steppenwolf and his invading Parademon army.
Comic book fans had hoped that the supervillain Darkseid (essentially the DC equivalent, though not copy, of Marvel's Thanos) would face the League, but since this is their first go at working together, it made sense to have the newly formed superhero team go against Darkseid's uncle, Steppenwolf, instead to start. For those that don't know, both Darkseid and Steppenwolf are New Gods, who hail from the planet Apokolips. They were created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in the early '70s, and they have remained among the League's toughest foes.
In Justice League, Steppenwolf comes to Earth to reclaim the three Mother Boxes that had been left behind - which were distributed amongst the Amazons, the Atlanteans, and the Humans - during the New Gods' first war with Earth's inhabitants thousands of years prior. Today, Warner Bros. Consumer Products unveiled new Mattel Toys that offer an up-close look at Steppenwolf as well as one of the Parademons. It's worth noting that the Parademon is green, and it has been revealed that there are different versions of the characters in the movie, determined by their varying colors.
In addition to revealing new looks at Steppenwolf and the green Parademons, the studio's consumer division has also unveiled a new look at the Flying Fox, the League's official vehicle that was created by Batman and can fit the entire team along with his Batmobile. So far, the Flying Fox has been teased in various images and has been seen briefly in past clips and trailers. For instance, people can see the Batmobile take off from the Flying Fox towards the end of the latest Justice League trailer that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 last month.
Our own Rob Keyes saw the belly of this vehicle on set last summer, where it resides inside another Batcave-like building that houses all sorts of gear, tech, and weapons (alongside the Batmobile). There was even concept art of the vehicle featuring Jeremy Irons' Alfred operating the Flying Fox's gun turret!
Justice League releases in just over three months, which means merchandise like the above figures will start to roll out more and more often. As we get closer to the movie's release date, Warner Bros. will ramp up the film's marketing, and that may or may not mean seeing a third trailer. Until that happens, people can check out the Justice League toys above.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020