Justice League might not have wowed at the box office, but the film did a fascinating job of translating some of DC Comics’ most iconic characters for the big screen. Not all of those characters were marquee superheroes, though. The frenzied parademons of Apokolips, for example, were largely in keeping with their comic book origins (in appearance, at least). A newly released piece of concept art reveals that the parademons could have turned out very differently.
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Early #parademons #conceptart for #justiceleague This was a great project to be on. There were so many talented artists and so much hard work that went into this project. This was an early Concept for the parademons I got to do with costume designer @michaelwilkinson You can see it featured in the art of the movie book that just came out. #dccomics #dccinematicuniverse #creaturedesign #creatureconcept #comicbookmovie #alien #zbrush #zbrushmodel #zbrushsculpt #keyshot #jackkirby #apocalypse #darkseid
The character design is downright Spawn-like, with two glowing red eyes set in a detailed, metallic skull. The parademon concept also has an extra pair of insectoid arms set right beneath three pairs of metal wings that look like a combination of hawk, moth and Michael Keaton's Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
There’s no telling why this concept wasn’t used in the final film, but there’s one likely answer: It’s just a little bit too cool. Not only would characters this elaborate be difficult (and expensive) to render on the big screen, but the unique design might have drawn attention away from the film’s main villain, Steppenwolf. Whatever the reason, here’s hoping this design sees an official release down the road.
In theaters now, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.