Sometime this month, it's going to be confirmed by Zack Snyder what format his upcoming cut of Justice League for HBO Max will be. A miniseries? A near four hour film? It remains to be seen. But he's still firing marketing at the hip, demanding audiences see his version of the film will be different and more worth the time of the audience. One major example has been given today in the form of the film's villain Steppenwolf. In the theatrical cut, he was simply a military officer of Apokolips who was trying to recover the three Mother Boxes so as to open a portal that would allow Darkseid's army to come to Earth in full force.
The character was voiced and brought to life through motion capture by actor Ciarán Hinds. Hinds himself was reportedly very displeased with the theatrical cut as well (Who wasn't?!) as much of the character's backstory and personality was heavily trimmed so as to adhere to Warner Bros. demand the film be two hours in length. In addition, the character's look was heavily changed from the version teased in the deleted footage of the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Obviously as part of his attempt to rectify this, Snyder's version will use the original, more monstrous version above. He has teased this today with a low-res photo he captured off a screen to show, simply by using the original design, how wildly different he hopes to make his version. The photo below links to the post he made on his Vero account:
Zack Snyder's Justice League is set to premiere on HBO Max in early 2021.