A report recently stated Darkseid, Ruler of Apokolips, would not be the main villain in Justice League: Part One. That role would instead be given to his nephew, Steppenwolf. However, Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez says there’s much more to the story. He also notes the film’s script is being altered almost daily, so the following information is subject to change and possibly be erased all together. Either way, consider this a spoiler warning.
According to Gonzalez, his sources have told him Darkseid will factor into the beginning of the film, where he will appear in a flashback sequence.
“Around 30,000 years ago, the Amazonians, the Atlanteans, and Man successfully fought off Darkseid here on Earth. He left three motherboxes behind and that folks is what Steppenwolf is after in Justice League: Part One. That is pretty much your plot,” Gonzalez writes.
The three Mother Boxes and Steppenwolf have already been introduced in the DCEU, although not officially on the big screen. Following the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. released the clip below, which featured Lex Luthor, Steppenwolf, and the motherboxes, in a deleted scene entitled Communion.
What could this entail? If it’s true Darkseid will also appear in the end of the movie, could this mean Earth is caught between a war with Darkseid’s Apokolips and New Genesis? Perhaps a civil war took place on Apokolips, after Darkseid’s death, or prior to it, and for some reason the fallout reaches Earth. Maybe, and this is a stretch, but maybe he’s already dead, during the events of BvS, and Lex Luthor resurrects him. Again, a stretch, but a similar storyline was told in Justice League Unlimited.
At this point, the possibilities are endless; there’s so much rich lore to pull from. Whatever the creative teams choose to do, as long as its well written and directed, could make Justice League: Part One the juggernaut, both narratively and visually, fans are hoping it will become once it releases November 17, 2017.