Ciaran Hinds who’s playing Steppenwolf in Justice League, in a recent interview with Independent, went on to talk about how he might have got the casting of the character in the film and goes on to talk on the motion-capture suit he had to wear for the role, confirming that his eyes and mouth is all we’ll see of him in the role.
Evidently, it’s stood him in good stead. He notes how Zack Snyder paid “homage” to Boorman’s film in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “They were great fans of Excalibur, Zack and his team. Maybe that’s how I got the role [in Justice League]! Who knows? There’s a bit when they’re walking in Gotham City and suddenly on a marquee of a cinema you see Excalibur playing.” Then there was the moment Superman is impaled by a large spear. “That’s exactly what happened in Excalibur, with Nigel Terry [who played King Arthur] pierced by Mordred.”
Some internet critics have dubbed the 64-year-old Hinds an odd pick to play Steppenwolf in Justice League, given that the character, who first appeared in DC Comics in 1971, is a buff alien warrior. But actually Hinds performed the role via motion-capture, a first for him, with cameras strapped to him and his body sheathed in a “very tight and embarrassing” suit covered with sensors. “Basically they’re going to construct something, digitally, and then they will use my eyes and mouth.”