Whether or not you hated Zack Snyder's Justice League, you can still appreciate the sheer amount of work that goes into a comic book blockbuster. No matter your feelings on Snyder (or replacement director Joss Whedon, for that matter), you should recognize that a major Hollywood movie takes hundreds of people in order to become a reality.
From production assistants, to boom operators, to caterers, to script supervisors, there are a ton of individuals whose names lazily pass before your eyeballs during the end credits. Believe it or not, the credits don't exist just to tease the next movie.
One such person is Jerad Marantz, a concept artist, who helped develop the asthetic of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. This week, he posted a number of early designs and a test render for The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the film's main antagonist, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds).
In one particularly cool character model, Cyborg had an extra set of vestigial-looking arms attached to his back. For the Scarlet Speedster, Merantz worked on Barry Allen's small cameo in BvS, where he visits Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) via the cosmic treadmill. And lastly, the Steppenwolf test render is an interesting mix of crystalline and insectoid. If you want to see some early designs for the villainous New God (aka Darkseid's uncle), a bunch were posted back back in April.
"It was an incredible experience working on these films with costume designer Michael Wilkinson and the rest of the team of amazing artists," Marantz told SYFY WIRE via Instagram.
You can check the designs out below:
Merantz also did some concept work for Deadpool 2's Cable (Josh Brolin), placing a lot of emphasis on the time-traveling mutant's techno-organic virus, which wasn't explored very well in the movie.
"I was really trying to focus on how the virus spreads and what it dose to the anatomy," Merantz wrote on Instagram.
Some of Merantz's other cinematic credits include Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: Civil War, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Jungle Book, Edge of Tomorrow, and Maleficent.
What do you think of Merantz's designs as compared to the onscreen products? Let us know in the comments below!