When Zack Snyder was the original helmer of Justice League we heard that there were some pretty big changes to the origins of Steppenwolf. Instead of being Darkseid’s uncle, he would seemingly be his nephew, which would make sense since he would be doing Darkseid’s bidding. It now looks like things may be reverting back to their original source material according to Hollywood Magazine.
It looks like Steppenwolf not only be Darkseid’s uncle in the film but he apparently defeated Doomsday in battle at some point also.
“The uncle of the universe’s greatest villain, Darkseid, and a member of his elite force, Steppenwolf survived a battle with Doomsday. That should tell you just how powerful he is. Aside from his strength and near-immortality, he’s also an expert tactician and wields a vicious electro-axe that can cut through just about anything.“Steppenwolf’s primary role is as the leader of the parademons, the storm troopers who seek to destroy in the name of Darkseid. His primary mission is to serve his nephew, and his status as the main villain in Justice League suggests the scope of the threat facing Earth, as well as the inevitable appearance of Darkseid himself.“Irish star Ciaran Hinds plays the role in the movie, though he will appear through the use of motion-capture technology. According to the actor, in the film, Steppenwolf is old, tired, and trying desperately to get out from under his servitude to his nephew.”