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Praise young Darkseid for yielding this command to me!! This is where a lusty warrior should be!!
~ Steppenwolf
This Bane is an agent of chaos. I like chaos.
~ Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf is a fictional character and a supervillain from DC comics. He is the uncle of Darkseid and the supreme military commander of the Apokoliptian military. He rides a hover-bike when he leads his troops and also leads the Parademons. Steppenwolf is also skilled in axes and swords. After Darkseid's first wave was diminished, Steppenwolf led his troops to attack Earth. He was however defeated and plummeted to the ocean. Years after his defeat, he returns to his nephew's side.

He appears as the main antagonist in the 2017 DCEU film, Justice League, and in the 2021 film, Zack Snyder's Justice League.

Biography

Steppenwolf (German for "wolf of the steppe", meaning coyote) is one of the New Gods, and a member of his nephew's Darkseid Elite. He leads the army known as the Parademons.

The most powerful of all of Darkseid’s Elite has to be his uncle, Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf is the military general and leader of Darkseid’s forces, often credited with helping start the war between Apokolips and New Genesis by following Darkseid’s order to eliminate Highfather’s wife, which Highfather retaliated by ending Steppenwolf.

Original Timeline

Steppenwolf is one of the earliest survivors of Doomsday, the monster who once killed Superman. 245,000 years ago, Steppenwolf takes an Apokolips shuttle with Darkseid, Master Mayhem and a small crew to the planet of Bylan 5. The planet holds delicate natural materials Apokolips needs for weaponry, material which would be destroyed in the event of an invasion. The forcible marriage of Darkseid to the planet's princess comes to an end when Doomsday attacks. Master Mayhem is swiftly torn apart. Darkseid ignores Steppenwolf's orders to use Omega Beams and engages the creature in hand-to-hand combat. Steppenwolf sees the destruction wrought has doomed the planet and all who live on it. He teleports Darkseid out of harm's way, agreeing with Darkseid not to mention this to anyone. Doomsday escapes by stowing away on the Apokolips shuttle.

The New 52

In the continuity of Earth-2 following Flashpoint, Steppenwolf leads a massive invasion of the planet by Darkseid's Parademons. Ultimately, Earth's heroes manage to successfully repel the invaders, but the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman of that world are all killed in battle. Five years later Steppenwolf is apparently hiding on Earth-2, and there is a $300 million reward for him. He is eventually killed by that world's version of Bizarro, whom Steppenwolf had employed as a soldier and indoctrinated into fighting for Apokolips.

In other media

DC Extended Universe

Main article: Steppenwolf (DC Extended Universe)
Main article: Steppenwolf (Zack Snyder's Justice League)
No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall. Like all the others.
~ Steppenwolf.

In the DC Extended Universe, he is portrayed and voiced by actor Ciaran Hinds who also portrayed Mephisto in the Ghost Rider films. Hinds played both the theatrical version and the version in the director's cut.

Steppenwolf appeared in a brief scene from the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before Lex Luthor while aboard General Zod's ship. After Doomsday and Superman die killing each other, S.W.A.T. officers enter the ship to arrest Luthor. He is seen talking to a hologram of Steppenwolf, depicted as a Minotaur-like alien with large arms and four fingers on both hands. He is holding three mysterious cubes, later confirmed as the artifacts known as the Mother Boxes, and then disappears after seeing the officers, who arrest Luthor. Steppenwolf's voice was never heard.

He appears in the 2017 movie Justice League as the main antagonist, seeking to get the Mother Boxes; one in Themyscira (Wonder Woman's home), one in Atlantis (Aquaman's home) and one that is part of the character Cyborg. To help him, he leads the Parademon army trying to break free from his nephew's control.

Television

  • Steppenwolf appeared in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Apokolips Now", leading an army of Parademons to attack Metropolis. His voice was provided by Sherman Howard. Steppenwolf had small screen time and he was taken out easily by Dan Turpin who shoots him down in his police helicopter.
  • He appeared in the Justice League episode "Twilight", voiced by Corey Burton, but appeared very briefly.
  • He appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, in the episodes "Duel of the Double Crossers!" and "Death Race to Oblivion!", voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (who voiced Captain Gantu in Lilo and Stitch, and Chairman Drek in Ratchet & Clank). He was Mongul's chosen champion to fight Batman, and raced him on Mongul's behalf. He gets blasted by Mongul for his failure to beat the other heroes and villains in the race.
  • Steppenwolf is the main antagonist of the episode "Under the Red Sun" in Justice League Action. He is voiced by Peter Jessop, who reprised his voice for the character in Lego DC Super-Villains. Steppenwolf's goal is to kill Superman when the Red Sun strips his superpowers in order for him to be famous to the Apokoliptians.

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Trivia

  • He was created by the late Jack Kirby.

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Justice League: War: Darkseid | Desaad | Parademons | Ocean Master
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis: Ocean Master | Black Manta | The Trench | Lex Luthor
Justice League vs. Teen Titans: Trigon | Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Toymaster, & Weather Wizard) | Atomic Skull | Ra's al Ghul
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