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‘Justice League’s’ Villain Steppenwolf will be Entirely CGI

Written By: Nick Poulimenakos

From the title alone I’m sure fans won’t be too pleased with what I am about to report. It has been known for a while now that the uncle of Darkseid will be the main villain in Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated superhero film, Justice League. Cirian Hinds, best known for his role in Game of Thrones was cast as the villain and now, he’s speaking out on his filming experience. In an interview with BBC’s Michael Ball Show (via Reddit), Hinds revealed that his performance will be entirely motion capture. This confirms that the recently leaked toy design for the character was never present during filming.

The actor said:

“I didn’t even have a costume when I was doing it [Justice League]. It’s all done in motion capture. So… they stick a helmet on your head, they put two cameras around, and they capture all your expressions, facial expressions. So basically, they’re going to concoct some kind of construction and they will use my facial expressions – eyes, mouth, voice – they’ll turn into this murderous, avenging Steppenwolf from the planet Apokolips, apparently. Who’s bent on Hell on Earth.”

Hinds also spoke about his minimal interaction with the rest of the Justice League cast:

“…I don’t know whether they’re all afraid to come and meet me– no, no they weren’t, really. Because it’s imaginary, you do it with green screen… That was another challenge, you could say, yeah. But it was quite fun. And they’re very encouraging in what you do, suggesting ‘Over here, look over there, imagine that, do this here, they’re coming at you now.’”

I think it’s safe to assume that DC fans everywhere just groaned. One of the main criticisms of the DCEU is their overreliance on CGI, especially in the third acts. Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman all had bombastic, CGI filled third acts that never felt like a real-world battle. Despite Wonder Woman being almost universally praised, the film still drew negative remarks for its final battle between Diana and Ares.

I’m going to remain hopeful that this will not turn out to be a continuing issue. CGI has evolved greatly recently, evidenced by the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. If Justice League were to have visual effects on the same level as the rebooted Apes trilogy, then we have nothing to fear. But, until November comes, we just have to hope that Justice League doesn’t become another DC films that has two great acts and then a uninspired finale.

Justice League bursts into theatres on November 17, 2017

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