Veteran acting legend Ciaran Hinds takes on the role of the lead villain Steppenwolf in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Justice League” feature. Appearing on The BBC’s Michael Ball Show this week, the actor revealed that he’s yet to meet any of his co-stars in the film as all his work was motion capture recordings and so he wasn’t on set as such:
“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.'”
Hinds confirms the alien character he plays only ever exists as CG, and so there was no costume made for it. In fact from the wording it sounds like his mo-cap work was almost entirely facial as opposed to one with movement as well (ala Andy Serkis’ work):
“I’m sorry I’m not in costume. I didn’t even have a costume when I was doing it. 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.”
The actual amount of scenes or screen time Steppenwolf has in the film is unknown, though his Parademon army does much of the fighting in the film. It’s expected his master, Darkseid, is being saved for an inevitable sequel but may be glimpsed in the film which opens in November.