SPOILER WARNING: The following feature contains spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you have not yet seen the film, and don’t wish to have any key details or moments ruined through description, you may want to click away to another one of our wonder articles.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice laid a great deal of groundwork in regards to the future heroes of the DC Cinematic Universe, but it also did its part to showcase some serious villainy. Of course, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor played a central role, and there’s some history between The Joker and Batman that’s literally showcased, but today we’re here to talk about the character who is merely hinted at and alluded to: Darkseid.

In one of the movie’s final scenes, Lex Luthor warns Batman that someone is coming and that’s he’s hungry, and while never mentioned by name, it’s clear to all comic book fans that the villain with the shaved head is referencing the leader of the planet Apokolips. Because of these hints, it seems pretty clear that the villain is going to be playing a key role in the future of the DC Cinematic Universe – and with that in mind, we thought it would be helpful for us to put together a guide that will help you get to know Darkseid a little better. Read on!

Darkseid DC Comics
He’s an alien
Like Clark Kent/Superman, Darkseid isn’t from around these parts. Rather, he is a member of the species known as the New Gods, and grew up as the son of King Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra on the planet Apokolips - named Prince Uxas. Desiring rule over the planet, Uxas killed his brother Drax when his sibling was attempting to claim the mystical Omega Force - and taking the power for himself he was transformed into the rock-like figure he appears as in most comics.

Following the death of his parents (he actually killed his own mother), Darkseid became the supreme leader of Apokolips, and rules the planet with an iron fist. He controls a team of flying shock troops known Parademons that are sent in swarms to do his bidding, but as you’ll find out in the next couple of pages, he doesn’t really need big, huge armies to win his battles for him. What I’m trying to get at is…

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