Whilst Darkseid is posed as the ultimate threat for the Justice League, his part won’t be significant in the Snyder Cut
As confusing as it might sound after watching Darkseid in the opening shot of the Justice League trailer – he’s NOT the ultimate villain of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The director’s original idea was to have a five movie arch of character development and then doing the ultimate crossover that fans deserve. Darkseid has a long comic book run and is considered one of the worst villains in the DC universe.
Here’s a look at all the facets of DC’s big bad Darkseid and why he’s so important to Snyder’s Justice League.
Origins of Darkseid
To uninitiated, he is the DC equivalent of Marvel’s Thanos. But in reality The Mad Titan was ripped off of Darkseid. In 1973, Marvel creator Jim Starlin took inspiration in what his ex-colleague Jack Kirby was doing at DC comic. Starlin admitted that his editor Roy Thomas told him, “If you’re going to steal one of the New Gods [DC characters], at least rip off Darkseid, the really good one!” While, Thanos was obsessed with Death in the comic, Darkseid sought anti-life equation. See the parallels yet?
Ironically, we see Snyder’s Darkseid after meeting Thanos in Infinity Saga in 2019. Some fans even believe Snyder’s idea leaked and that’s how MCU came up with teasing Thanos throughout the first three phases. However, history is too muddled to go down that road and both Marvel and DC fans would admit seeing villains of the likes, coming alive on big screen is always exciting.
Talking about Darkseid’s comic mythology he belongs to a race called New Gods [which also happens to be a project in WB’s catalogue when Snyder was at the helm]. And if it’s any introduction he is the ‘God of tyranny,’ in the entire DC Multiverse, none is as sadistic and merciless as Darkseid. He became the ruler of Apokolips by killing his own father in the comics.
Why Darkseid is Important for Justice League?
One of the biggest changes Joss Whedon brought to JL was to eliminate Darkseid and make Steppenwolf the main antagonist. Zack Snyder’s cut will correct that and seems to take its inspiration from New 52 DC Universe comic run created by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. With his real name Uxas, Snyder’s villain is yet unripe he confirmed to fans. Meaning, he hasn’t developed the Omega powers yet.
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Nonetheless, the Darkseid we’ll see in the Snyder Cut will be from the ‘history lesson sequence.’ So he isn’t even on Earth yet and the final fight would be between the League and a beefed-up version of his uncle Steppenwolf. However, Darkseid is important more than ever for the Justice League because if there is any future of DCEU, he is it. There are rumours that JL ending is going to be a cliffhanger. If Warner Bros indeed decide to extend the Snyder-verse fans would know what to expect.