At this point it may seem premature to discuss the Justice League movie – what with Batman V Superman still so far off from its 2016 release – but since BvS is in fact subtitled Dawn of Justice, we can pretty much rest assured that a Justice League movie is indeed happening.
As far back as the late ’00s, when Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller almost got a Justice League film off the ground, fans have been eager to see just what threat brings DC’s greatest superheroes together. The very same question still looms large over the Justice League movie that will exist in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice universe – but lately the answer has been less clear than many would’ve originally thought.
Here are our breakdowns of what villain(s) could appear in a Justice League movie – and why they would be worthy adversaries for The League. This is all pure speculation, so if you are the type who likes to wait for concrete info, this post is NOT for you.
Had you asked most DC Comics Fans who the villain of Justice League would be, most of them would’ve likely said Darkseid. Lord of the hellish planet Apokolips, Darkseid has had several origins – all of which revolve around an ambitious man seizing hold of a power called the Omega Force, which transformed him into a rock-like creature. As one of the New Gods, Darkseid is among the most powerful and dangerous foes in all of the DC Universe.
The New 52 relaunch of the Justice League comic featured an origin story about the League members coming together to repel Darkseid’s invasion of earth; that same story was then adapted into the Justice League: War animated feature, so fans naturally assumed a Justice League movie would follow suit. According to Badass Digest, however, this is not the case:
…My sources tell me not to expect Darkseid in the DC movieverse until Justice League 2…
Say what?! That rumor is an upset to pretty much THE popular theory of what Justice League will be – but it’s not without merit. Darkseid shares a lot in common with Marvel’s Thanos (Thanos is actually a confirmed Darkseid knock-off); and as Thanos is to Marvel fans, Darkseid is the sort of “big bad” that many do NOT want to see wasted on a half-cooked movie portrayal. They want his appearance to be worthwhile when it does finally happen.
In a bit of irony, the DC New 52 Justice League comic – as well as the War animated adaptation – has been accused of cheapening Darkseid into a generic (mostly mute) powerhouse villain. If Badass is right, hopefully the cinematic universe makes better use of him, and develops Darkseid over time, in full respect of the character.