Who is Darkseid? Well according to a story broke over at Latino Review, who are generally pretty trustworthy with news like this, he’ll be the foe that the greatest superheroes in the DC Universe will have to save the world from come the Justice League movie. Ruler of the planet Apokolips (get it?), Darkseid (pronounced Dark-Side) is a warmonger and tyrant whose background and indoctrination methods are modelled on Adolf Hitler’s with a face modeled on actor Jack Palance. He also looks strikingly like Thanos, who will be the villain in the upcoming Avengers sequel for Marvel. But I guess when you’ve got to line Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern up to fight someone, either go big or go home.
What still remains to be seen is how casting for the movie will work. Man of Steel with Henry Cavill as Supes is coming out next summer, so will Cavill don the blue tights in the Justice League film universe as well? Or will there be a separate Superman? Will any of Chris Nolan’s Batman universe play a role? And despite how God awful and embarrassing a movie it was, will Ryan Reynolds return as Hal Jordan?
DC hasn’t had as much luck at tying their franchises together as Marvel has. A Justice League movie directed by Mad Max’s George Miller was already cast and in production less than a decade ago before it was shut down. And let’s not forget Batman vs Superman which was swirling around the same time Batman Begins began filming and never got off the ground. If DC wants to come close to competing with Marvel at the box office now that The Dark Knight Trilogy is over, they better step up their game.