Steppenwolf (German for "wolf of the steppe", meaning coyote) is one of the New Gods, and a member of his nephew's Darkseid Elite. He leads the army known as the Parademons.
Steppenwolf is one of the earliest survivors of Doomsday, the monster who once killed Superman. Two hundred forty-five thousand years ago, Steppenwolf takes an Apokolips shuttle with Darkseid, Master Mayhem and a small crew to the planet of Bylan 5. The planet holds delicate natural materials Apokolips needs for weaponry, material which would be destroyed in the event of an invasion. The forcible marriage of Darkseid to the planet's princess comes to an end when Doomsday attacks. Master Mayhem is swiftly torn apart. Darkseid ignores Steppenwolf's orders to use Omega Beams and engages the creature in hand-to-hand combat. Steppenwolf sees the destruction wrought has doomed the planet and all who live on it. He teleports Darkseid out of harm's way, agreeing with Darkseid not to mention this to anyone. Doomsday escapes by stowing away on the Apokolips shuttle.
The New 52
In the continuity of Earth-2 following Flashpoint, Steppenwolf leads a massive invasion of the planet by Darkseid's parademons. Ultimately, Earth's heroes manage to successfully repel the invaders, but the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman of that world are all killed in battle. Five years later Steppenwolf is apparently hiding on Earth-2, and there is a $300 million reward for him. He is eventually killed by that world's version of Bizarro, whom Steppenwolf had employed as a soldier and indoctrinated into fighting for Apokolips.
In other media
- Steppenwolf appeared in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Apokolips Now", leading an army of Parademons to attack Metropolis. His voice was provided by Sherman Howard.
- He appeared in the Justice League episode "Twilight", voiced by Corey Burton, but appeared very briefly.
- He appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, in the episodes "Duel of the Double Crossers!" and "Death Race to Oblivion!", voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (who voiced Captain Gantu in Lilo and Stitch, and Chairman Drek in Ratchet & Clank). He was Mongul's chosen champion to fight Batman, and raced him on Mongul's behalf. He gets blasted by Mongul for his failure to beat the other heroes and villains in the race.
DC Extended Universe
Main page: Steppenwolf (DC Extended Universe)
Steppenwolf appeared in a brief scene from the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before Lex Luthor while aboard General Zod's ship. After Doomsday and Superman die killing each other, S.W.A.T. officers enter the ship to arrest Luthor. He is seen talking to a hologram of Steppenwolf, depicted as a Minotaur-like alien with large arms and four fingers on both hands. He is holding three mysterious cubes, later confirmed as the artifacts known as the Mother Boxes, and then disappears after seeing the officers, who arrest Luthor. Steppenwolf's voice was never heard.
He is intended to appear in the 2017 movie Justice League as the main antagonist, seeking to get the Mother Boxes; one in Themyscira (Wonder Woman's home), one in Atlanta (Aquaman's home) and one that is part of the character Cyborg. To help him, he leads the Parademon army. It is currently unknown who will be portraying him.
Edits begin November 17th, 2017