The debate over the relationship between Steppenwolf and Darkseid has apparently taken another turn and this time it seems to be one more faithful to the comics. It was previously reported that their roles were switched with Darkseid being Steppenwolf's uncle for Zack Snyder's Justice League, but now, according to Hollywood Magazine, Darkseid will be Steppenwolf's nephew, just as the books have depicted them for decades.
"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," stated the article in a prep piece for the November epic.
It continued: "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."
However, this has to be taken with a pinch of salt because in the DC Extended Universe, Doomsday was created by Lex Luthor and wasn't a Kryptonian castaway roaming the cosmos, so Steppenwolf could not have had a chance to face the behemoth.
Perhaps the story is simply quoting from the characters' history in DC Comics but it does suggest that "Steppenwolf is old, tired, and trying desperately to get out from under his servitude to his nephew," -- hinting that some backstory will be explored as to the dynamic of these evil New Gods. What the familial relationship really is between these two warriors, though, is still left to be seen, which can provide fodder for the sequel that's reportedly being written already.
Opening Nov. 17, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.