Meet the man behind Steppenwolf
You know him from somewhere. You’ve seen him in a movie or on TV but you cannot for the life of… remember his name. Well don’t you worry… I’m going to try and break him down for you as best as I can. And by him I mean Ciarán Hinds.
His name is pronounced “Keeran.” And he’s Irish. Oh and starting from 13th of this month, he will become Justice League’s biggest nightmare. Yup. He’s the man behind Steppenwolf, the main villain in the upcoming DC Comics blockbuster and frankly he’s one of the 2 reasons that will actually get me to the movie theater to watch Zach Snyder’s latest action packed flick. The second is Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
In a career that spans for almost 4 decades in longevity, Ciarán has built a reputation as a versatile character actor who happens to be an action star too. Now, I need to mention that years prior accepting the role of Steppenwolf, Ciarán was in a comic book movie, was in yet another villain role, but from DC’s biggest rivals- published by Marvel Comics. Yes, he was Mephisto in 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and now will become Justice League’s archenemy- Steppenwolf.
The alien military officer from Apokolips who leads an army of Parademons, charged by his nephew and superior officer Darkseid with finding the three Mother Boxes held on Earth. The character is described as “old, tired” and trying to find a way to escape his role in servitude under his nephew and Hinds portrays the role through use of motion capture.
Hinds on the other hand was unfamiliar with using the technology and got advice from his friend Liam Neeson, who had earlier done motion-capture acting in A Monster Calls (2016). You know… since they are friends for more than 30 years now.
Fun fact about the movie and Kinds as well is that Jason Momoa (who plays Aquaman) and Ciarán Hinds appeared in Game of Thrones (2011). This is also the third comic-book film saga for Ciarán Hinds, after Road to Perdition (2002) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011).
Michael McElhatton and Ciarán Hinds have both starred in Game of Thrones (2011) and films about the King Arthur legend: Ciaran Hinds in Excalibur (1981) and Michael McElhatton in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).
But it was actually with Excalibur, that Hinds made his acting debut in a motion picture, and since then has collaborated with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin McDonagh, Martin Scorsese and has been in 2 different franchises than earned more than 1 billion dollars at the box office. Harry Potter and Frozen.
But what about Justice League? Well… Months after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and inspired by Superman’s sacrifice for humanity, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince unite a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry, and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth, whilst the world reflects on Superman’s death.
Oh… and don’t let me forget that you can expect the film review for Justice League soon.