Darth Maul’s Terrifying Original Look That We Never Saw – Star Wars Explained
Loved by many fans and arguably one of the best characters in the prequel trilogy, Darth Maul was one of the most ruthless, heartless and formidable Jedi hunters in the Star Wars universe. Here was a being that struck terror into his enemies, not only because of his fighting skills, but also because there was zero compassion in him. He was a Sith fuelled by pure anger and dark side energy. The very essence of evil and violence personified.
Literally inspired by his nightmares, Darth Maul’s creator, Iain McCaig, wanted him to have the look of a dead person peering out of a window on a rainy day. Disturbing right? George Lucas thought so too and asked for the design to be calmed down somewhat. I like it myself, but I can see where Lucas is coming from on this. I guess he didn’t want to mess up kid’s heads, or increase the movie’s age rating, or both.
As with all movie character designs, Darth Maul’s look changed many times from it’s original nightmare fuel inception and evolved into the design we all know and some love. You have to wonder how The Phantom Menace would have looked if McCaig’s original design had been used. Would the character have been more popular? Would he have ended up in The Clone Wars and Rebels? We’ll never know of course, but it’s interesting to think how things would have panned out.
Do you prefer Darth Maul’s original design, or the one we know? Maybe you prefer one of the earlier concept designs such as the one with feathers sprouting from his head? Check out the video below to see more designs and let everyone know your thoughts in the comments section. You can also leave a comment at the Star Wars Theory YouTube channel, or you can cast a vote on your preferred design below the video.
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