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"What are you?" ―Erich Ludendorff, Wonder Woman
"What are you?" ―Erich Ludendorff, Wonder Woman
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"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
"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.

The insurgency was an organization led by the Batman in the potential dark future of Earth known as Knightmare, dedicated to opposing the malevolent rule of Superman and Darkseid's regime.

However, in the wake of the Flash traveling back in time and warning Batman about Darkseid's threat, whether this future will come to pass or not is uncertain.



In a dark potential future, Darkseid commenced a full-scale invasion of Earth and killed Wonder Woman and Aquaman, subsequently devastating their homelands of Themyscira and Atlantis. Soon after, Lois Lane was killed by Darkseid, with Superman placing the blame on Batman. Consumed with grief, Superman was left susceptible to Darkseid's Anti-Life Equation and allied himself with the forces of Apokolips becoming a dark, tyrannical ruler of the planet.[2] As result of the subsequent terraformation of Earth and the following large-scale conflict that followed, Earth was rendered a apocalyptic wasteland.

Batman promptly founded the insurgency in order to combat this new threat, thus beginning the long injustice war.[3] A devastated Mera then joined Batman's insurgency, vowing to personally kill Superman with the Trident of Atlan, unaware it was acutally Darkseid that had killed Aquaman. At some point, Batman became desperate enough to recruit his former enemies Joker and Deathstroke.[4]

Mother Box Plan

Batman, Flash, Cyborg, Mera, Joker, and Deathstroke planned to obtain a Mother Box, in order to prevent this timeline from occurring. Batman vows to slowly kill Joker after the mission is accomplished. Their conversation is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Superman, whose eyes light up with impending heat vision. Somehow, Batman, Flash, and Cyborg survived and escaped this encounter.[4]

The Kryptonite Trap

"She was my world and you took her from me!"
―Tyrant Superman to Batman.[src]

Batman battles Superman's forces.

Eventually, Batman met with an allied convoy of insurgents. When the convoy arrived, Bruce asked if one of the agents had retrieved "the rock," mounting into the back of a transport truck, upon which a LexCorp crate was stored. However, when the agent opened the crate, it was revealed to only be green light bulbs. Apologizing, he pulled out his weapon and held Batman at gunpoint as undercover regime stormtroopers revealed themselves to be amongst the insurgents.

Subduing the insurgents, the stormtroopers then executed them as Batman watched. Roaring in fury, Bruce quickly gunned down multiple stormtroopers, disarming them of their weapons and utilizing his Batarangs to take down as many as he could as the rest of the regime moved in on their location. Though he managed to take down a large number of their forces, the stormtroopers continued to converge on the area, aided by the arrival of a swarm of parademons, who began to abduct any insurgents there. Becoming increasingly overwhelmed, Bruce fought as the stormtroopers surrounded him, barely able to restrain him, and continued to brutalize any troops he could get a hold of. Eventually, seeing the struggle that Batman was putting up, a parademon knocked Batman unconscious.

Death of Batman

The last surviving insurgents, awaiting Superman

Later, Batman awoke to find himself bound in chains in a bunker, accompanied by two other insurgents, eyeing them warily as he heard the clap of a sonic boom, signifying the arrival of Superman. The Man of Steel suddenly landed in the bunker, and the stormtroopers reverently knelt upon his arrival. Approaching Batman, Clark abruptly killed the two other insurgents beside Bruce with his heat vision, then removed Bruce's mask, revealing his horrified expression. Clark then turned to Bruce, angrily blaming him for letting Lois die, as she was "his world."

Finally, laying a gentle hand on Bruce's chest, Clark gave Bruce one final sneer before ruthlessly pushing his hand through the bat symbol, killing him painfully and putting an end to the insurgency.[3]

Warning Batman

Shortly thereafter, Cyborg and the Flash, two of the last insurgents, utilized the Mother Box acquired by the Joker[1] to create the cosmic treadmill. They activated the treadmill, and the Flash ran as fast as he could, using it as a vehicle through the Speed Force, and through time itself. He and Cyborg planned to travel back in time to warn Bruce Wayne about Darkseid's threats to the planet. As Flash got closer, the energies of the Speed Force affected Bruce Wayne in 2015, who then saw his fate in the wasteland of the Justice League's failure. The sight of his death caused Bruce to awaken moments before the bright blue vortex of the Speed Force opened beside him, and out reached the Flash. He told Bruce that Lois Lane had been the key to everything, and to find his present self and the others.[5]

Unfortunately, Flash realized he had gone too far back, and was too soon for Bruce to understand. Returning to the Speed Force, Barry gave Bruce one final message: he was right, and always had been, about "him."[3]

Known members





  • The insurgency is based on the insurgency from the Injustice videogame series. The insurgency in the Injustice universe was also led by Batman. In the Injustice universe, Batman teams with heroes from another universe along with Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and Harley to defeat the regime, while the DCEU there's a slightly different set of villains joining the cause with the remaining heroes of Earth.


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Members Cyborg | Flash | Mera | Joker | Deathstroke
Former members Batman