'Justice League' Action Figure Reveals Villain Steppenwolf's Character Design

Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 12:43PM
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 12:43PM
'Justice League' Action Figure Reveals Villain Steppenwolf's Character Design
Image credit: DC Comics
Batman v Superman received a lot of flak last year for revealing the third-act battle with Doomsday in one of the movie's trailers, thereby dulling the surprise of seeing the character on screen. In retrospect, though, the decision makes sense—after all, it's impossible to keep secrets in the modern internet era, not least because of how far in advance merchandise needs to be produced.

That said, merch spoilers can be forgiven when the toys are this cool. An action figure for villain Steppenwolf (a name that probably seems pretty comical to the uninitiated) has been spotted at San Diego Comic Con, standing on a mound of bones as if he's the intergalactic equivalent of a T-1000.




At least with a toy reveal like this, we don't have too much context. The beginning of Justice League features an enormous, Lord of the Rings-style fantasy battle with knights clashing against aliens, and from his getup, Steppenwolf would look right at home playing the Sauron in this big encounter. Presumably, though, he will also tangle with the Justice League (whose ranks will apparently include Superman) later in the movie, as another photo from the convention suggests.

There's no real way of avoiding this kind of spoiler, unless a movie studio wants to be caught unawares when kids go looking for their favorite toys upon a film's release. Hasbro claims that the lack of Rey merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was due to an effort to preserve the film's plot twist— an excuse that looks even thinner now that the company is claiming that nobody even wants Rey merchandise anyway.

We also get a nice look at the updated Batmobile, with its giant mounted machine guns. Not only is there a new toy on display (one that spews smoke to give the full cinematic effect for kids playing along at home), but the actual movie prop (or a facsimile thereof) is also on display on the convention room floor, which is enough to make anybody jealous:







We also got spoilers for Wonder Woman from a toy line, but these weren't quite as egregious as the Doomsday trailer reveal, so they're more forgivable. DC can therefore be forgiven for producing Steppenwolf toys, not least because we don't actually learn anything about the character's role in the movie, except that he likes to decorate using human skeletons.

Justice League hits US theaters on November 17th, 2017.
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