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"I had a dream. It was the end of the world. I think it's something more... something darker
"I had a dream. It was the end of the world. I think it's something more... something darker." ―Bruce Wayne, Zack Snyder's Justice League
This article or section is about the Knightmare future. This is a potential future that may not necessarily follow the primary timeline.
For alternate versions of Darkseid, see Darkseid's Character Hub.

Lord Darkseid, formerly known as Uxas, is an extremely powerful New God and ruler of Apokolips who conquered Earth. Following the formation of the Unity, Darkseid returned in search of the Anti-Life Equation, murdering Lois Lane and her unborn child, and causing a devastated Superman to be manipulated by the Anti-Life Equation to control the Earth in a totalitarian regime.


Ultimate victory[]

Darkseid's glare - ZSJL

Darkseid sees the formation of the Unity.

"I had a dream, like, I don’t know, almost like a premonition. It was the end of the world."
Bruce Wayne to Diana Prince[src]

In a possible dark future, after making it to Earth and tirelessly fighting the Justice League, Darkseid got his hands on the Anti-Life Equation again, and continued his conquest of the Multiverse. While fighting the League this time, Darkseid brought about the demise of Wonder Woman, converging upon Themyscira with his troops to wipe out the Amazons there, even as they mourned for their princess.

Aquaman Knightmare killed by Darkseid

Darkseid kills Aquaman.

Soon after, he invaded Atlantis, killing many Atlanteans before confronting Aquaman at his throne, impaling the king clean through his chest and heart with his own Trident. He then unleashed his Omega Beams, incinerating Nuidis Vulko where he stood helplessly.[1]

Corrupting Superman[]

Darkseid watches as Superman cries over Lois Lane's corpse

Darkseid stands over Superman after the death of Lois Lane.

"She was my world. And you took her from me."
Superman to Batman[src]

Making his way to Gotham City, Darkseid swiftly murdered the pregnant Lois Lane in the Batcave, incinerating her to a charred skeleton, which Batman was unable to prevent, leaving a devastated Superman susceptible to the influence of Anti-Life. Using the Equation, Darkseid manipulated Superman into believing that Batman's inability to prevent this made them mortal enemies, and proceeded to make Superman the ruler of Earth, transforming it into a primordial hellscape of an apocalyptic wasteland.

When Batman founded the Insurgency as a human/metahuman rebellion against the forces of Apokolips, Darkseid tasked Superman with using the Regime to bring them down. The Insurgency fought well, but after years of fighting, most Insurgents were either converted to Parademons or killed in battle, and Batman was killed by Superman, leaving only the Flash and Cyborg to stand against Darkseid.[1]


Darkseid is extremely obsessive and this prevents him from having any forbearance, especially with gaining his goals being seen when Darkseid had already conquered Earth with the Anti-Life Equation, as well as Superman himself. He is also quite cunning and manipulative, knowing how to outsmart Superman into submission.

Powers and Abilities[]


  • New God physiology: As the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid is one of the most powerful of the New Gods, superior even to Steppenwolf, who would not dare challenge him despite having grown tired from being subservient to Darkseid.
    • Superhuman strength: Darkseid's strength is enough to easily overpower and kill Aquaman, casually impaling him with his own trident using one arm with such force as to pierce clean through Arthur's armor and entire torso and pinning his corpse to his throne.
    • Immortality: Darkseid is immortal, having ruled Apokolips for many eons.
    • Invulnerability: To be added
  • Omega Beams:
    Darkseid uses Omega Beam against Atlanteans - ZSJL

    Darkseid firing his Omega Beams

    Darkseid can fire concentrated crimson plasma Beams from his eyes, much like Kryptonians' heat vision. Unlike Kryptonians, he can control these Beams at will, and his unerring aim allows them to travel in straight lines or bend, twist or curve around to strike and lock onto his target. The Beams are extremely lethal and powerful, potent enough to instantly vaporize Atlanteans, rendering only bones left. These Beams are very high in temperature, as they boiled the water after being fired.


  • Gifted intellect: As the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid is exceptionally intelligent, given his tremendous lifespan.
    • Expert manipulator: Darkseid was highly manipulative, to where he managed to swiftly manipulate Superman into submitting and pledging his allegiance to him by using the extreme grief he felt over the death of Lois Lane and using the Anti-Life Equation to make Superman believe Batman killed Lois instead of Darkseid, effectively turning him against the people of Earth and the Justice League.
  • Master combatant: Darkseid's combat prowess allowed him to easily defeat Aquaman, disarming him of his trident and killing him with it, and he also presumably killed Wonder Woman as well.


  • Anti-Life Equation: Darkseid succeeds in fully harnessing it, and is able to bend nearly all in the Multiverse to his will. However, it seems that beings of tremendous willpower, like Superman, are resistant to the Equation, since Darkseid only took over the Kryptonian's mind after the death of Lois Lane.






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