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The Knightmare

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In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder's Justice League, Bruce Wayne/Batman witnesses a nightmarish Bad Future in his dreams, called the "Knightmare" note . It is an apocalyptic Alternate Timeline in which Lois Lane has died, Superman has turned evil, and the Earth has been conquered by the forces of Apokolips and turned into a wasteland. Superman and a number of humans have become allies, servants or slaves of the New God Darkseid, and the insurgency led by Batman fights a Hopeless War against them.


The Insurgency

    In General 

The Insurgency

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Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Zack Snyder's Justice League

A group of humans and metahumans led by Batman who form a resistance against the forces of Darkseid and evil Superman after Apokoliptian forces conquered the Earth and turned it into a wasteland.


  • Adaptational Wimp: The Insurgency here is mostly humans with the solitary exceptions of Flash, Cyborg, and Mera, whereas its Injustice counterpart still has plenty of other heavy hitters like Captain Atom, Black Lightning, Black Canary, etc. Also, the team lacks the support of Lex Luthor, who almost takes out Superman by himself in his universe.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: The Justice League's heavy-hitters Aquaman and Wonder Woman were killed in action, leaving only the most human members of the Justice League left. Martian Manhunter's whereabouts are also left ambiguous.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Red Shirts who get gunned down by Superman's army in Batman v Superman are quite lucky, actually. The captured survivors get fried by Superman's Eye Beams, and Batman takes the cake with Superman plunging his hand right through his heart.
  • David Versus Goliath: They are a small guerilla of humans and metahumans with some military grade weaponry and - save for Batman, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Mera and the Joker - don't seem to have any sort of armor. The forces they oppose have body armors, Superman and Parademons on their side.
  • Disaster Scavengers: They are equipped and armed with whatever they could find in the wasteland the USA has become and as such they wouldn't look out of place in the Mad Max sequels — Batman's assault rifle looks stitched together a Barry Allen's armor doesn't look like it was made in the cleanest workshop around. By contrast, Superman's army has standardized equipments and weapons.
  • Enemy Mine: Darkseid and evil Superman are each enough of a Conflict Killer for Batman to call a truce with two of his most vicious foes — Deathstroke and the Joker.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Deathstroke and the Joker are supercriminals and supervillains who were both dead set on breaking Batman in the worst ways imaginable before the apocalypse, but even they realized that it's better to team up with their former foe in the face of total annihilation by Darkseid and evil Superman.
  • Expy: Of the Insurgency from Injustice. Both are resistance groups formed by Batman in a dystopian alternate timeline to oppose the tyrannical reign of Superman.
  • Future Badass: Batman and any of the named heroes or earthling villains who survived the apocalypse and fight alongside him against evil Superman and Darkseid qualify.
  • Lured into a Trap: Batman and the group of humans who have gone to seek a chunk of Kryptonite are betrayed by Truck, who they trusted to smuggle the rock. He sold them out to Superman's forces and a massacre ensued.
  • Red Shirts: The humans accompanying Batman in Batman v Superman get slaughtered by Superman's mooks or Superman himself.
  • The Remnant: Batman, Cyborg and the Flash are all that's left of the Justice League, joined by Deathstroke, Mera and potentially the Joker. Wonder Woman and Aquaman perished against Darkseid, and a Green Lantern who joined them (Kilowog) was also killed.
  • La Résistance: A group of humans and metahumans fighting against the oppression of Superman's rule and the forces of Darkseid that invaded the Earth.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Batman, Mera and possibly the Joker are all in mourning and in their grief they can barely tolerate each other.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Batman has to work alongside two notorious foes of his (one of them even killed his adopted son Robin) and a vengeful Mera who's as gruff as (or possibly even more than) Aquaman was, and she too is not thrilled at having to work with the Joker (nobody is really, not even Deathstroke).
  • Uncertain Doom: Cyborg and Mera along with Deathstroke and the Joker are last seen putting up a stand against Superman alongside the Flash and Batman. Given how outmatched the original Justice League was the first time they fought and that they don't appear in any other parts of the Knightmare timeline, it's possible only Batman and the Flash survived.

    Batman 

    Flash 

"Knightmare" Flash

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"BRUCE! BRUCE! LISTEN TO ME NOW! IT'S LOIS! IT'S LOIS LANE! SHE'S THE KEY!"

Affiliation(s): Justice League, The Insurgency

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Zack Snyder's Justice League

"AM I TOO SOON?! I'M TOO SOON! YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT HIM! YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT ABOUT HIM! FEAR HIM! FIND US, BRUCE! YOU HAVE TO FIND US!"

An alternate future version of the Flash who manages to briefly travel back in time via the Speed Force to warn Bruce Wayne about the causes of the Bad Future he comes from.


  • Adaptational Heroism: As opposed to his Injustice incarnation, this version of the Flash takes Batman's side without question.
  • Bring News Back: From the future. Just as Bruce Wayne seemingly wakes up from his nightmare, said nightmare's Barry Allen breaks the barrier of time to give him a mysterious warning about Superman, Lois, and "find us all" (i.e. "form the Justice League"). Barry does so to warn Bruce about the consequences of the death of Lois in said future, which will cause Superman to become vulnerable to Darkseid's use of the Anti-Life Equation and cause the apocalyptic future. He wants to prevent the latter from happening.
  • Broken Pedestal: Barry was a fan of Superman. After witnessing him become Darkseid's chief enforcer, Barry sees him as nothing more than a monster. Telling is that when he time-travels to the point where Bruce still resents Superman, Barry tells him he was right to be paranoid and that he needs to gather the others...possibly to kill Superman and prevent the Knightmare.
  • Collapsible Helmet: The armor on Barry's costume has a retractable visor, presumably so he can go at speeds that would be self-destructive in his regular suit.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes an appearance before the present-day Barry. This is a big clue that Bruce's visions of the Knightmare future weren't just dreams influenced by paranoia.
  • Future Badass: He's joined the resistance to Superman's oppressive regime and wears an armored suit.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: This is the first suit the Flash is seen wearing in the DCEU. Due to being exposed to the harsh environmental conditions of the Apokolips-ravaged Earth, its colors look very weather-worn, with signs of rust and scratched paint.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: He visited Bruce before the files containing info on him were decrypted by Bruce, and his appearance causes papers to fly around in the Batcave. Barry's history of meddling with time in other media adds more weight to the idea that it happened for real and was not part of the dream.
    • It definitely happened for real according to revelations Zack Snyder made at a screening and Q&A of Batman v Superman that he gave in March 2019. Once the Snyder Cut came out and showed Cyborg getting a glimpse of the same Knightmare that Bruce envisioned with Superman turning on humanity, all doubt was cast aside.
  • Perma-Stubble: Barry's let his facial hair grow out again.
  • Post-Apunkalyptic Armor: Due to Earth's resources being diminished, the Flash has downgraded from his more refined custom-made suit to some common armour. The mask he wears underneath his helmet does look slightly more refined than what he had in the present day, so it's possible he had an upgrade in the interim.
  • The Remnant: The Flash, Batman and Cyborg are all that's left of the Justice League in the Bad Future.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The purpose of his Ominous Message from the Future to Bruce is to prevent the Superman-Darkseid alliance from happening and to ensure that the Justice League will be formed.
  • Time Travel: He manages to break the time barrier with the Speed Force to deliver an Ominous Message from the Future to Bruce Wayne.
  • Uncertain Doom: The Flash appears before Bruce just long enough to tell him that Lois Lane is the key and that he needs to recruit the other metahumans to fight Superman. Once his message has been passed on, the Flash is sucked back into the Speed Force. It's unclear if expending that much of his power to go back in time killed the Flash or just brought him back to his own timeline (where he would likely be killed sooner or later).
  • We Will Wear Armor in the Future: The Knightmare suit has scrap metal covering the head and torso. With the Flash being a Fragile Speedster and his ability to time-travel being crucial to preventing Darkseid's conquest, it's more important than ever for the Flash to avoid getting killed or maimed.

    Cyborg 

"Knightmare" Cyborg

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"He's found us!"

Affiliation(s): Justice League, The Insurgency

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

"How much further? We need to hurry! We can't be up here for much longer, he'll come for us!"

In the nightmarish alternate future in which Earth has been conquered by Darkseid and a now-evil Superman, Cyborg has joined the resistance led by Batman.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike the Injustice incarnation this future was influenced by, this Cyborg didn't join Superman's Regime and instead fights for The Insurgency.
  • Badass Cape: He wears a worn out cape, presumably to protect his cybernetic vulnerabilities from sand storms in the post-apocalypse desolation.
  • Broken Ace: Even moreso than before. Victor started out an Academic Athlete that had the potential to be whatever he wanted to be. Then he lost his mother and his body was permanently destroyed, leading to his conversion into a cyborg. It seemed like he was going to play this to his advantage when he joined the Justice League, but then the world came to an end and now he's just one more soldier fighting a hopeless battle.
  • Character Check: Cyborg's character arc started with him hunched over and he kept his cybernetics covered up out of shame, but as he comes to terms with himself his posture becomes more confident and he stops wearing clothes altogether. In the Knightmare his default posture is once again hunched (though he does stand upright when he confronts Superman) and he wears a cloak.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the present day, Victor regained his will to live after preparing to risk his life to disrupt the Motherboxes. Here we see the downside of that change in character, as Victor is now visibly afraid of dying.
  • Defiant to the End: Cyborg knows full well that he can't hope to stop Superman. Even when he had the rest of the Justice League by his side he got worfed with little effort. Here he's only got the Flash, Mera and three aging non-powered fighters on his side. Nevertheless, Cyborg stands his ground when Superman catches him.
  • Future Badass: He survived the apocalypse brought upon Earth by Darkseid and takes part in La Résistance against Darkseid and evil Superman.
  • Gatling Good: He carries a minigun along with an ammo belt to feed it with his additional arms. He points it at Superman when getting ready for combat as the latter has spotted the group and prepares to annihilate them following Batman's meeting with the Joker.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Cyborg gets a read on Superman before the latter arrvies to finish off the Insurgency.
  • Oh, Crap!: He detects Superman is closing in on them and reacts with appropriate dread.
  • The Remnant: Him, Batman and the Flash are all that's left of the Justice League in the Bad Future.
  • Robot Soldier: He's officially one of these now, since Darkseid's conquest has left him with no purpose outside of providing Earth's resistance with a fighter that has his own in-built weaponry.
  • Telescoping Robot: When the now-brainwashed Superman tracks down the Insurgency, Cyborg readies his multiple weapons, with his main arms transforming into plasma cannons while his extra arms carry a minigun and ammunition.

    Mera 

"Knightmare" Mera

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"Let him come. Let the bastard come! I'll stab this through his heart for what he did to Arthur! I want to make him pay!"

Species: Atlantean

Affiliation(s): Atlantis, The Insurgency

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

"Who have you ever loved?"

After Darkseid murdered Arthur Curry/Aquaman in the nightmarish future in which Earth got invaded by Apokolips, Mera swore vengeance and teamed up with Batman's resistance.

See her character sheet here for more information.

  • Affirmative-Action Legacy: Mera essentially acts as a replacement for Aquaman in what's left of the Justice League in this future.
  • Attack on the Heart: Mera's preferred method of avenging Aquaman's death.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: All things considered, Mera has weathered the Knightmare far better than her male companions. She's managed to keep her hair and Xebellian attire in pristine condition while everyone else is now dishevelled and wears scrap materials.
  • BFG: She has a large rifle strapped to her back, possibly of Atlantean build.
  • The Big Guy: Being the only natural-born metahuman on the team, Mera provides the muscle.
  • Crusading Widow: All she wants is to kill Darkseid for the murder of her love, Aquaman.
  • Elemental Baggage: Averted. Mera carries a tankard of water so she can make use of her hydrokinesis in a world where water seems to be scarce. Given at one point she was able to forcibly extract water from Steppenwolf, one can only wonder where her current supply came from...
  • Fiery Redhead: She's ready to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and it's better to not stand in her way or even piss her off, now that she's as gruff as Aquaman was.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Mera's signature power is hydrokinesis (she even carries a tankard of water with her) and she's the princess of an underwater kingdom. The source of her wrath is an enemy who can shoot lasers from his eyes and rules over a scorched world.
  • Future Badass: She already was a fighter before, and in the future survived the apocalypse brought upon Earth by Darkseid, taking part in La Résistance against Darkseid and evil Superman.
  • Good is Not Nice: Seeing the love of her life being killed made Mera as gruff as he was.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Somehow, she still has the time to groom and maintain her gorgeous red hair through the entire invasion and apocalypse caused by Darkseid.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mera assumed someone as detatched as Batman has never experienced the pain of losing a loved one. The Joker knows otherwise.
  • Noble Fugitive: If Darkseid's termination of Arthur and Vulko is anything to go by, the kingdoms of Atlantis have been brought to ruin the same as Earth, meaning the proud Xebellian princess has nothing left beyond her lover's trident and a thirst for vengeance.
  • Princess in Rags: Mera was originally princess of Xebel and betrothed to the king of Atlantis. Now she's hiding in the ruins of Gotham taking orders from a man with no powers.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: She wields one of Aquaman's tridents since his death. It was the same trident Darkseid ran through Arthur's chest, so she vowed to avenge him by doing the same to the Evil Overlord of Apokolips.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Aquaman's death left Mera consumed by vengeance. When she says "who have you ever loved?", she's on the verge of tears.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Mera takes up Arthur's trident (and his surly disposition) to honour his memory.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Mera makes it clear she doesn't respect Batman that much, believing that he didn't lose any loved ones, so he can't understand her angst (apparently nobody told her about Bruce's parents and Robin - until the Joker that is - and there's no word on Alfred's fate in that future). Throwing the Joker into the mix can't have helped matters either.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Mera carries Arthur's trident so that when the time comes she can inflict some poetic justice.
  • Truer to the Text: While Mera in the main timeline has undergone Adaptational Personality Change, Knightmare-Mera has a short temper and is raring for a fight, just like in the comics.
  • Used to Be More Social: As a princess, Mera was naturally raised to have good people skills. With her kingdom in ruins and Aquaman dead, she's become much more temperamental and barely cooperates with Batman.

    Deathstroke 

"Knightmare" Deathstroke

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"Still think it was a good idea bringing him along?"

Species: Human

Affiliation(s): The Insurgency

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

In the nightmarish future in which Earth got successfully invaded by Apokolips, Deathstroke teams up with Batman and his gang as part of a resistance against Darkseid and a now-villainous Superman.

See his character sheet here for more information.

  • Characterization Marches On: When Deathstroke met with Lex Luthor, he could barely contain his temper. In the Knightmare he's got a better handle on his emotions.
  • Darker and Edgier: His trademark blue-and-orange armour is now painted in muted colours for camouflage and he sports a wild Mohawk.
  • Enemy Mine: He's apparently given up his vendetta against Batman due to Darkseid's conquest of Earth forcing any potential resistants left to work together.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's not too eager to have The Joker on his team. Keep in mind he doesn't seem to have any complaints working with the Flash, Mera or Cyborg, the latter of whom is one of his enemies in the comics.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Darkseid having scorched the Earth is enough for him to call a truce with Batman and work alongside him and remnants of the Justice League to try undoing this mess.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He still wears an eyepatch over his right eye, albeit a cruder one this time around.
  • Future Badass: He survived the apocalypse brought upon Earth by Darkseid and takes part to La Résistance against Darkseid and evil Superman.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Deathstroke isn't shown wearing his distinct mask when he's part of the Insurgency.
  • The Lancer: While the character dynamics aren't explored in too much detail, Deathstroke fits the role most out of the group. He has some history with The Leader, utilizes a similar skillset, is seemingly more even-tempered than Batman and discusses tactics while everyone else acts more emotional.
  • Mythology Gag: The idea of Deathstroke joining the Insurgency to take down Superman is very similar to his role in Injustice: Gods Among Us.

    The Joker 

"Knightmare" Joker

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"You won't kill me. I'm your best friend..."

Species: Human

Affiliation(s): The Insurgency

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

"You need me. You... need me... to help you undo this world you created by letting her die."

The Joker is among those helping Batman in the nightmarish alternate future where Darkseid has conquered the Earth and turned Superman evil. But the two legendary foes putting their differences aside for a greater good doesn't make them friends.

See his character sheet here for more information.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Unlike the Injustice incarnation this future was influenced by, this Joker had nothing to do with Lois Lane's death and is willing to help prevent it.
  • Beyond Redemption: The Joker's sudden allegiance with Batman and the other heroes isn't enough to make Batman forget the years of cruelty the Joker has reveled in, especially the death of Robin. Batman even taunts the Joker by saying that Harley Quinn of all people wants him to die slowly at the hands of his arch-enemy.
  • Break Them by Talking: He deliberately tries to agitate Batman by reminding him of how many people have died on his watch. Batman seemingly turns this on the Joker, but the clown recollects himself and acts like it didn't faze him.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Joker is on the receiving end of this. He acknowledges it when Batman hints that he'll kill the Joker if he pushes Batman too far. Knowing Batman needs his help gives Joker carte blanche to spend his final moments antagonising Batman.
  • Characterization Marches On: As mentioned in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, the Joker's personality tends to be dependent on current circumstances. Since Gotham City is now in ruins, his crimelord persona from Suicide Squad has become meaningless. As a response, the Joker switches to a wilder-looking identity whose aggressive demanour has now been replaced with a personality more in line with The Trickster.
  • Chest of Medals: Parodied. The Joker's kevlar vest is covered in police badges, despite being the furthest thing from a police officer himself.
  • Cop Killer: He wears a bulletproof vest with at least two dozens police badges on it. Whether these were good cops killed prior to the apocalypse or servants of the oppressive regime of Superman after the apocalypse is not detailed.
  • Costume Evolution: The Joker has ditched his garish gangster suits for what looks like either a medical gown or a butcher gown, complete with orange gloves and a bulletproof vest with a dozen police badges pinned on it. He got rid of his "Damaged" forehead tattoo, let his hair grow and put red makeup around his mouth, looking closer to more common depictions of the character.
  • Defiant to the End: Even at the end of the world, the Joker sees no reason not to laugh, whether that be by getting under Batman's skin or chuckling when Superman has him cornered.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Batman had the worst kind of enmity imaginable, but the Earth being conquered by Darkseid is enough of a Conflict Killer for them to call a truce and work together to try undoing this mess. Not that this means there's any water under the bridge, as Batman promises he'll finally kill the Joker when he no longer needs him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Joker seems genuinely hurt by Harley’s death and her dying words being resentful of him. As his opening lines infer, even the Joker can comprehend how painful it can be to lose a loved one, as he taunts Batman over losing his entire family.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: A given for the Joker.
    • In one of the trailers he utters the line "We live in a society" while gazing upon the devastated landscape that used to be Gotham City. This is clearly a Meme Acknowledgement, and it's quite awkwardly used given the context (is there really any society left in this post-apocalyptic world?). It doesn't appear in the actual film, however. The line was improvised by Leto.
    • When Batman implies he'll kill the Joker if he keeps agitating him, Joker replies with "Who's gonna give you a reach-around?".
    • When Superman corners the Insurgency, everyone else prepares to fight a being they have no chance of surviving. The Joker on the other hand just laughs.
  • Evil Laugh: Even with the world being in such a sorry state and him still being sane enough to acknowledge how bad the situation is, he'll still let some laughs out, even though they sound more subdued than ever.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Even he sees the necessity of teaming up with Batman to try undoing what Darkseid did to Earth.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Joker's introduced as a derelict-looking figure with his back to the other insurgents as he taunts Batman over his personal tragedies, then he dramatically turns to face Batman, confirming that the future is so terrible Batman had to team up with the man who killed his adopted son.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: He engages in a bit of this with Batman, offering to give him a reacharound and saying "you need me" in a seductive tone.
  • Foreshadowing: Granted, since the Knightmare is likely to become an Aborted Arc it's unlikely to be explored, but Joker playfully wondering how many timelines Batman will screw up because he "doesn't have the cojones to die himself" is exactly on point. According to Word of God, the Knightmare timeline starts upon Darkseid murdering Lois Lane in the Batcave, and to prevent it Bruce would have to Take The Bullet (or rather, Omega Beam) meant for her to ensure Superman never goes through his Despair Event Horizon, preventing Darkseid from using the Anti-life equation on him to perform a Face–Heel Turn that leaves the Earth too weak to fight back against Darkseid's forces. Not that the Joker knows this, but still.
  • Future Badass: He survived the apocalypse brought upon Earth by Darkseid and looks like he's geared for guerilla actions.
  • Go Out with a Smile: When Superman catches up to everyone, the Joker doesn't even try to fight back, choosing to instead sit on the sidelines and have a laugh.
  • Hated by All: If Batman's final taunt was anything to go by, even Harley Quinn wants the Joker to suffer. Quite an achievement considering how trivial most of his crimes now look in light of the end of the world.
  • Joker Immunity: The Joker has lived through Batman's darkest phase and managed to avoid getting wiped out by Darkseid's conquest, when by all acounts a non-powered showpony would be the first to die under those circumstances. Joker theorises (in his own weird way) that deep down Batman doesn't even want to kill his archnemesis. Batman makes it clear he's wrong about that.
  • Lunatic Loophole: The Joker is crazy and has no superpowers or resources, yet he's able to survive the end of the world. Lampshaded when he tells Batman that he needs Joker's help in undoing their future, as apparently Batman's team of metahumans can't do whatever it is the Joker can.
  • Mocking the Mourner: It goes both ways.
    • Joker antagonizes Batman by reminding him of his dead parents as well as his dead sidekick, the latter of whom the Joker was personally responsible for.
    • Batman shuts the Joker up by telling him that Harley Quinn died begging him to end the Joker slowly.
  • My Card: He gives a Joker card to Batman as a symbol of their truce. Shall the Dark Knight want to break that truce, he'd just have to tear that card up. The card could be seen strapped on Batman's assault rifle in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Never My Fault: Sure, the Joker may have murdered Robin and defiled his suit, but according to him it's Batman who sent the boy to his doom by making him go up against guys like the Joker to begin with.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Joker gets a high reminding Batman how costly his mistakes in the past have been.
  • The Nicknamer: He nicknames Mera "my little fish stick" and a "smelly old flounder", and calls Robin a "Boy Wonder".
  • "Not So Different" Remark: He gives Mera one of these in regards to Batman's tragic history, as both know the pain of losing loved ones. Batman then turns the tables on the Joker by mentioning Harley Quinn's own death.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Joker frames himself as this when he's chatting with Batman, saying "I'll be the bigger man" and acting like their truce will end with a discussion over Robin's death, when both men know it will be anything but. Given the Joker was trying to agitate Batman in the very same scene, it's clear he's not being genuine.
  • Progressively Prettier: Despite being worse for wear, this Joker is arguably even better looking than his previous appearance, with his over-the-top tattooed gangster image toned down and his androgyny played up. Ironically, this version also more closely resembles the Heath Ledger incarnation.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The Joker goes out of his way to be as cruel as he can, which Batman barely tolerates because the Joker's skillset makes him a valuable team-mate, a point of which the Joker reminds Batman.
  • Someone Has to Die: The Joker is convinced that Batman needs to die to avert the end of the world.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Injustice famously opened up with Superman punchng a hole in the Joker's chest. Here the Joker lasts long enough to see how bad things will get, though it's implied this Superman will also kill him.
  • They Died Because of You: Joker accuses Batman of "letting Lois die" and "sending a Boy Wonder to do a man's job". The latter is particularly morbid considering the Joker was actually the one who murdered said Boy Wonder.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: He has such a stare when looking at the devastated horizon when he starts talking to Batman. He has another more pronounced one after Batman gives him a breaking speech where he mentions Harley Quinn dying and promising to off the Joker slowly at her request.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • The Joker may have killed Robin, but he still gives Batman a minor What the Hell, Hero? for sending "a Boy Wonder to do a man's job."
    • As mentioned under Foreshadowing, supposedly the key to preventing Darkseid's victory is/was Bruce preventing Lois Lane's death by performing a Heroic Sacrifice at one crucial point on the timeline. Of course, neither Bruce nor the Joker know this.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice is much softer and higher pitched than it was in Suicide Squad.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He pins the deaths of Robin and Lois squarely on Batman, ignoring the fact that the latter was killed by Darkseid while the former was killed by the Joker himself.
  • Wild Card: The Insurgency needs the Joker's particular skills to prevent Darkseid's conquest, but Batman knows him all too well to actually trust the guy.

Deceased Heroes

    Wonder Woman 

"Knightmare" Wonder Woman

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Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

Wonder Woman perishes against Darkseid in the nightmarish alternate future Cyborg has visions of when interacting with the Mother Boxes.


    Aquaman 

"Knightmare" Aquaman

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Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

Aquaman perishes against Darkseid in the nightmarish alternate future Cyborg sees glimpses of when interacting with the Mother Boxes.


  • Alternate Timeline: Cyborg sees a vision of Darkseid killing Aquaman, but in Bruce's vision it's implied that Superman killed him after being subjected to Anti-Life.
  • Character Death: Aquaman was killed in a confrontation with Darkseid.
  • Cool Crown: He wears the same crown as the Atlantean king who acquired one of the three Motherboxes.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Darkseid comes for Aquaman after killing Wonder Woman. Mera takes his place on the Knightmare equivalent to the Justice League.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Darkseid impaled him with his own trident.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Meets his end by getting stabbed right in the chest.
  • The Lost Lenore: The sole purpose of Mera's life after his death is to kill his murderer.
  • Posthumous Character: Aquaman's already dead when Batman organizes the Insurgency, and Mera sets out to avenge him.

    Kilowog 

Kilowog

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Species: Bolovaxian

Affiliation(s): Green Lantern Corps

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League (dead body)

The Green Lantern of Sector 674. He was killed after Darkseid's second invasion of Earth.


  • Adaptation Deviation: Earth is meant to be outside Kilwog's jurisdiction, but his appearance in Cyborg's vision as having died on Earth implies the Green Lantern Corps has issued Darkseid's invasion an emergency worth breaching protocol for.
  • Battle Trophy: His corpse is dumped on the pile of rubble that was originally the Hall of Justice before the brainwashed Superman made it into his shrine of conquests. Superman himself floats overhead as he adds Batman's cowl to the pile.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Kilowog's the muscle of the Green Lantern Corps and he's shown dead in his only appearance.
  • Death by Adaptation: He only appears as a corpse in Zack Snyder's Justice League, having failed to protect the Earth from Darkseid's second invasion.
  • Domino Mask: Unlike most depictions of him, Kilowog is shown wearing one.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Minus the Mary analogue, but his only appearance shows him in the same position as dead Jesus.

Apokoliptian Forces / The Regime

    Darkseid 

"Knightmare" Darkseid

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Affiliation(s): Apokolips, The Regime

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

In a possible future, Darkseid successfully obtains the Anti-Life Equation and subjugates Earth's population, save for a few resistors that would be hunted down one by one. Chief among his new slaves is none other than Superman.


  • Alone with the Psycho: He corners Superman and Lois Lane in the Batcave, murders the former and takes advantage of the latter's despair to impose Anti-Life on him.
  • Alternate Timeline: Cyborg sees Darkseid kill Aquaman, but Mera implies it was the brainwashed Superman who did it.
  • Attack on the Heart: Darkseid rams Aquaman's trident straight through his torso.
  • Avenging the Villain: He personally kills Aquaman and is implied to have also killed Wonder Woman, the two heroes who killed his uncle Steppenwolf. Downplayed in that Darkseid didn't actually like Steppenwolf, he's just incensed because it set back his plans for conquest.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The nightmarish Bad Future seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder's Justice League is essentially a future in which Darkseid managed to conquer the Earth, killed several heroes of the Justice League, and turned Superman into a tyrant and oppressor that would carry out his will, as the gigantic Omega symbol that's carved in the landscape and his hand in turning Superman against his adopted world can attest.
  • Civilization Destroyer: Darkseid wipes out both Themyscira and Atlantis. He may have also decimated Gotham City, though it's also possible he left that to Superman.
  • Conflict Killer: The desolation and horrors he caused on Earth upon successfully conquering it in the Knightmare are bad enough to force Batman and two of his greatest foes — the Joker and Deathstroke — to call a truce and work together to survive and try undoing said conquest.
  • The Corrupter: He subjugated Superman with the Anti-Life Equation in the Bad Future.
  • Despair Gambit: He killed Lois and left her corpse for Superman to find so that the Kryptonian's resolve would crack just enough for Darkseid to brainwash him.
  • Dramatic Spotlight: During Wonder Woman' funeral, Darkseid's presence comes complete with an almost celestial-looking backlight, as if to say "I'm your God now".
  • Emerging from the Shadows: He's well-hidden when he invades the Batcave, appearing as a pair of glowing red eyes before stepping into the light while Superman's guard is down.
  • Evil Is Angular: Darkseid's Omega beams form a series of sharp corners before they blast Vulko, with the path resembling the word "END".
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: Once Darkseid obtains Anti-Life, the world is beyond salvation. Given it was established that the Anti-Life Equation could control all life throughout The Multiverse, there's a good chance the dystopia on this Earth is just a taste of the true horrors Darkseid's victory would unleash.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The way he lays a hand on Superman's shoulder while he grieves for Lois looks reassuring when taken out of context, but it's clear what he's really up to.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: After using his Omega Beams, Darkseid's eyes burn with red flames even underwater.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: After killing Aquaman, Darkseid randomly turns around and bares his teeth, in the very direction that present-day Cyborg and the audience can view him. It's almost as if he can see Cyborg through his premonition.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: After killing the most powerful Earthlings and brainwashing Superman into being his enforcer, Darkseid seemingly takes a less active role in Earth's domination, allowing Superman to be the face of his empire.
  • Hero Killer: As foretold in the Knightmare and Victor's own premonition, Darkseid carves his way through the Justice League in the Bad Future. We even see Darkseid personally slay Aquaman with his own trident.
  • Hope Crusher: Hippolyta and Superman both gave into despair when Darkseid killed their loved ones. Cyborg was visibly shaken by the visions of Darkseid effortlessly ploughing through Earth's defences.
  • The Kingslayer: Darkseid kills both Wonder Woman and Aquaman, a princess and a king respectively.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: He attends Wonder Woman's funeral just to flaunt his superiority over the Amazons.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It's clear that he's the one who killed Lois, but through the power of Anti-Life he managed to brainwash Superman into believing Batman killed her.
  • Mind Rape: Darkseid couldn't brainwash a being as powerful and disciplined as Superman through Anti-Life alone, so he forced the Kryptonian to watch Lois be incinerated. His will shaken to its core, Superman was unable to resist Darkseid's influence in that moment.
  • Monument of Humiliation and Defeat: Darkseid marks a now-barren river with the Omega sign and his human followers wear Superman's logo to further spread the corruption of a family crest that was meant to inspire people.
  • Revenge Through Corruption: Darkseid makes Superman - the symbol of hope for both Earth and Krypton - into a terrifying enforcer to ensure his hold on Earth can never be contested.
  • Take Over the World: Batman and Cyborg's visions show Earth has completely fallen to Darkseid, with time travel being the only way to fix the damage he's caused.
  • Villain No Longer Idle: Cyborg gets a glimpse of how the Justice League would fare against Darkseid in his present state. To his horror, it turns out Darkseid is even less merciful than Steppenwolf.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Darkseid may have killed Wonder Woman and Aquaman, but he sees the much stronger Superman as a valuable potential ally in need of indoctrination.

    Superman 

    Superman's Army 

Superman's Army

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"Get down! Get down!"

Species: Humans

Affiliation(s): The Regime

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Highly trained human soldiers serving Superman's reign of terror.


  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": In a horrific twisting of its original meaning, Superman's "S" shield (the coat of arms of the House of El, which means "Hope" in Kryptonian) has become an oppressive symbol of the dictatorship he leads in the Bad Future. These soldiers put a red and white version of it on their uniforms' shoulders.
  • Bulletproof Vest: They are all equipped with one, which prompts Batman to aim for their head.
  • Les Collaborateurs: They are human allies of Darkseid's forces and fight against the human resistance Batman leads. They also have support from alien troops (Parademons) in combat.
  • Composite Character: Aside from the Regime enforcers from Injustice, their status as servants of Darkseid makes them similar to the Justifiers.
  • Cool Helmet: They wear helmets that are designed like Stahlhelms ("steel helmets" in German).
  • Doom Troops: Everything about them is meant to be intimidating.
  • Evil Wears Black: They basically serve an Evil Overlord, and their uniforms are black.
  • Expy: Of the One Earth Regime soldiers from the Injustice franchise. Both are black-clad soldiers with the symbol on their shoulders that serve a now evil Superman enforcing a global dictatorship called The Regime.
  • Faceless Goons: They wear black masks that conceal their faces.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Completely averted, as they rapidly gun down Batman's loyal partisans. They don't shoot at Batman himself because Superman wants him alive.
  • Mooks: An undetermined number of anonymous soldiers serving Superman's evil dictatorship. Batman kills a few of them before they manage to overpower him.
  • Putting on the Reich: They wear helmets that seem to be based on M-35 Stahlhelms, which were worn by German soldiers during World War II most notably — the M35 Stahlhelm is one of the most enduring symbols of the Occupation of Europe by Nazi Germany. With that in mind, their black uniforms and status of servants of a totalitarian regime are also evocative of the Schutzstaffel (SS), naturally.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: They wear black uniforms with a red version of Superman's "S" on their shoulders, and serve an evil dictatorship.
  • Undying Loyalty: They rush in to capture Batman alive for their master even though he has a gun and can mow them down by the dozen.
  • Zerg Rush: They overpower Batman through sheer numbers before a Parademon knocks him out.

    Truck 

Truck

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"I'm sorry."

Species: Human

Affiliation(s): The Regime

Played by: Ele Bardha | Zack Snyder (voice)

Dubbed by:

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A traitorous member of Batman's resistance who set up a trap for them.


  • All There in the Manual: He is not credited but sites like IMDb mention his name as "Truck".
  • Les Collaborateurs: Reveals himself as one.
  • Creator Cameo: His voice when saying the line "Yeah, we got it." is that of the film's director, Zack Snyder.
  • Karmic Death: He had it coming when Batman shoots him three times in the chest with his Colt MK IV.
  • The Mole: He's either this (an infiltrated agent of Superman's forces) or a turncoat.
  • Turncoat: Probably defected from Batman's resistance to Superman's forces. He sold them out and holds Batman at gunpoint anyway.

    Parademons 

Other Characters

    Lois Lane 

"Knightmare" Lois Lane

Species: Human

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (mentioned) | Zack Snyder's Justice League

Bruce Wayne: (Quoting Barry) "Lois Lane is the key."
Diana: She is, to Superman. Every heart has one.
Bruce: I think it's something more. Something darker.

In a potential future, Lois Lane is incinerated by Darkseid after he attains the Anti-Life Equation. When Superman finds her corpse in the Batcave, he gives in to grief and is left vulnerable to the power of Anti-Life, becoming Darkseid's chief enforcer. Preventing her demise is considered by several characters to be a crucial factor in preventing the Knightmare from coming to fruition.

See her character sheet here for more information.

  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Darkseid targeted Lois so that Superman would be too grief-stricken to resist the power of Anti-Life.
  • Human Sacrifice: Darkseid has reason to kill Lois Lane and he likely doesn't bear any particular malice towards her. He's just trying to shake Superman's will and make him easier to enslave, the fastest method to which involves forcing him to watch the love of his life burn to death.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Between the Freeze-Frame Bonus in Zack Snyder's Justice League showing Lois having a pregnancy test kit in her home and later carrying a baby basket when she and Clark help Martha reclaim the Kent home, as well as Word of God confirming that she and Clark are indeed expecting, her being fried by Darkseid's Omega Beams likely means she would've been killed while still pregnant, adding an extra layer of pain for Superman to render him vulnerable to the Anti-Life corruption.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Downplayed example. Superman's willpower was durable enough to theoretically handle Anti-Life, so Darkseid killed Lois to weaken his mental defenses.
  • The Lost Lenore: Superman wants Batman dead for not protecting her.
  • Morality Chain: The "Knightmare" sequence has Flash state "Lois Lane is the key" and Superman mysteriously snarls to Bruce about her death ("She was my world, and you took her from me.") which implies, as in several other AUs that Lois' death is all it takes for Superman to lose his All-Loving Hero status. Granted, unlike most occasions, it's Superman's grief mixed with the Anti-Life Equation's Mind Rape that turns him evil instead of his own will.
  • Murder by Cremation: Her only appearance is as a smoldering corpse.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Darkseid managed to shake Superman's will long enough to overtake his mind by making him witness the death of the woman he loved most.
  • Targeted to Hurt the Hero: Somehow Darkseid was able to deduce that "the key" to enslaving Superman and conquering Earth would be to force him to see his beloved be horribly killed. Word of God stated that Lex Luthor would've been the one to sell this information to Darkseid, after which he himself would be killed for no longer being useful to Darkseid anymore.

    Hippolyta 

"Knightmare" Hippolyta

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Species: Amazon

Affiliation(s): Themyscira

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

In a potential future, Wonder Woman falls in battle with Darkseid and the island of Themyscira is conquered. Hippolyta is left mourning her losses.

See her character sheet here for more information.

  • Darkest Hour: Darkseid claims Themyscira and burns it down while the Amazons can do nothing but mourn. The Olympians are dead, their allies from Atlantis and the mortal civilizations are estranged and not even the Green Lantern Corps can help them.
  • Despair Event Horizon: By this point, Hippolyta has lost her daughter, her sister, a sizable number of her fellow Amazons and now her homeland.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Hippolyta's greatest sorrow finally becomes a reality.
  • Uncertain Doom: During Diana's funeral, Darkseid can be seen descending from above. It's not known if Hippolyta was killed or enslaved afterwards, though she no longer has the willpower to resist either possibility.

    Vulko 

"Knightmare" Vulko

Species: Atlantean

Affiliation(s): Kingdom of Atlantis

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League

The trusted advisor to Arthur, King of Atlantis. Vulko is killed by Darkseid when he invades the underwater kingdom.

See his character sheet here for more information.

    Harley Quinn 

"Knightmare" Harley Quinn

Species: Human

Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League (mentioned)

In the nightmarish alternate future where Darkseid has conquered the Earth and turned Superman evil, Harley Quinn was among the resistance before tragically meeting her end, an event that hangs heavy over Batman and the Joker.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Batman doesn't specify how she died, leaving one to wonder if Batman (who has gone back to killing his enemies) was the one who killed her.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: During their back and forth exchange, Batman reveals that Harley bled to death in his arms to the Joker.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: Harley's last words to Batman were a plea for him to kill the Joker slowly and painfully.
  • Enemy Mine: After the Earth was conquered by Darkseid, she teamed up with Batman to help him undo the Bad Future.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Harley was among the supervillains to join up with the remnants of the Justice League in the Knightmare future to stand against Darkseid and the corrupted Superman before she died in Batman's arms.
  • Killed Offscreen: How and when she died isn't revealed, just that it happened.
  • Posthumous Character: She died sometime after the Apokolips invasion, as Batman mentions to the Joker in The Stinger of Zack Snyder's Justice League. It hangs a heavy shadow over both men.

Alternate 2013

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In The Flash, following his latest failure at exonerating his father, Barry Allen travels into the past to prevent his mother's murder. When he tries to get back to the present, he's accosted by another speedster clad in a dark suit, causing him to land in an alternate version of 2013, on the day when he first got his powers.
In this new timeline, Kal-El's ship was intercepted by Zod, while another Kryptonian named Kara Zor-El was captured and held in a bunker. Diana never left Themyscira, Atlanna and Thomas Curry never met so Arthur Curry doesn't exist and Victor Stone hasn't become Cyborg yet. Additionally, elements of Earth-89 have intersected with this tangent, so while Bruce Wayne exists, he's a different Batman to the one Barry Allen knew.

Central City

    Barry Allen 

Alternate Barry Allen

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"This is my face! You stole my face!"
Click here to see his Flash suit

Affiliation(s): Justice League

Appearances: The Flash

"Look, I was just doing my laundry! You're the one who came and told me that I'm a superhero! And now you're saying, what, you don't want me to be?! Well, guess what?! It's too late! I! AM! The Flash... and I can save everyone! NOBODY DIES!"

A duplicate of Barry Allen from an altered version of 2013.


  • '90s Hair: Alternate Barry Allen has a wavy mop-top parted down the middle to make him look distinct from the main one. Funnily enough, it gives him a slight resemblance to Supergirl.
  • Alternate Self: In a deviation from the established rules regarding alternate counterparts in the DC live-action multiverse, as laid down by the Arrowverse, this version of Barry Allen is a genetic duplicate of DCEU Barry Allen, with his hair and wardobe being the only things providing a distinction between the two. This is because he comes from an altered timeline rather than an elseworld.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Alternate Barry to Prime Barry has this dynamic, as he is a carefree eighteen year old slacker who won't even do his own laundry.
  • Audience Surrogate: Alternate-Barry carries the wide-eyed naivete that his mainline counterpart did back when he first joined the Justice League.
    • Alternate-Barry passes out from excitement when he first meets Batman. He's also very impressed by the sight of the Batmobile, as a nod to how Michael Keaton's Batmobile is so beloved among Batman fans.
    • His costume is also much cheaper-looking than main Barry's, being little more than a spare Batsuit customized with spray paint. This latter detail fits with Barry not having the kind of wealth and resources that Bruce Wayne has.
    • Upon getting a glimpse of Supergirl in flight, Alternate-Barry can't help but record her on his phone.
    • He's ultimately a deconstruction of this trope. While he's endlessly fascinated by the existence of time travel, his future self being a superhero and actually getting superpowers, he reacts exactly how a normal person would react if placed in this situation. He becomes terrified and refuses to be electrified by chemicals to get his powers, he ignores his older self's attempts at advising him on how to use his powers to instead mess around, and doesn't have the maturity to realize the gravity of the situation he's in since he only sees it as a fun adventure, and can't handle the fact that there are risks to being a superhero. All of this means he makes many mistakes and was destined to become Dark Flash.
  • Break the Cutie: He is simply a happy, go-lucky college frat boy living a proper life until he met his future self who forced him to gain superpowers and forced to fight an alien invasion in the span of a few days and watched his newfound friends dying during said battle. Alternate Barry believes he can fix the outcome of the battle via time travel only to fail in each attempt but refuses to give up, slowly corrupting both his body and sanity until he will eventually become Dark Flash.
  • Cheap Costume: Alternate Barry has an even more makeshift-looking outfit than his mainline counterpart originally did in Justice League, being made from Batman's body armor but spray-painted red with yellow lightning bolts.
  • Composite Character: His high-energy personality is similar to Bart Allen. Being a younger version of the protagonist from an alternate history also brings to mind Donna Troy's original backstory.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He really didn't expect that he could still be shot by bullets after gaining superpowers.
  • Fandom Nod: The Burton and Schumacher Batman movies have long been the butt of jokes about Batman not being able to turn his neck in the suits. Alternate Barry tries to turn his head while wearing the modified cowl and it firmly stays in place while his head turns inside it, messing up his look. He tears off the neck covering to get around this.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Prior to rescuing Kara, he's the Mage to Barry's Thief and Batman's Fighter due to Barry being Brought Down to Normal as a consequence for Alternate Barry to gain his Super-Speed, with Alternate Barry being the only one with superpowers. Even after Barry regains his connection to the speed-force, Alternate Barry remains the Mage during the Kryptonian Invasion and is capable of using time travel to undo any mistakes and death in the battle but heavily abuses this power to the point of eventually becoming Dark Flash.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He shields Mainline Barry from Dark Flash and gets impaled. With his death, Dark Flash ceases to exist.
  • I Hate Past Me: Barry can't stand his younger self. Justified since Alternate Barry grew up with an unbroken family and didn't have to work as hard, creating a less mature counterpart.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He sarcastically responds to OG Barry's advice with a "Sorry mom", oblivious that his counterpart's mother is dead. OG Barry doesn't take it well.
  • Instant Expert: The lightning bolt that empowered Alternate Barry was filtered through his mainline counterpart, causing him to have access to all the abilities Mainline Barry had fine-tuned over the years, such as his molecular phasing power. Deconstructed, as Alternate Barry's lack of experience leaves him complacent enough to take a bullet to the leg, leaving him unable to run until his regenerative powers kick in.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Alternate Barry is certainly annoying, but he's not wrong for getting angry at the main timeline Barry when he yells at him. Barry was happily living an ordinary life until the main timeline Barry arrives, told him he was going to become a superhero, gave him his powers and then got him involved in fighting an alien invasion.
  • This Loser Is You: Alternate Barry lacks the tragic backstory, life experience, and discipline seen in other superheroes. He may have gained all of Mainline Barry's other powers without going through any training, but the lack of said training also left him complacent enough to sustain various injuries. What's more, abusing his time-travel abilities to create a cost-free outcome shows that he's not prepared for the harsher side of heroics. Basically, Alternate Barry is what happens if a regular teenager who doesn't have exceptional character was ever given superpowers.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Played with. While getting a bullet shot through his leg (near the kneecap) from an assault rifle causes him to painfully react appropriately, considering his lack of experience, he still manages to hold himself together enough to not fall to the ground.
  • The Millstone: He causes a lot of grief for Barry, starting first and foremost with nearly missing his window to gain his Speed Force powers. While Barry succeeds in empowering his younger self, he was busy restraining him at the time so the lightning bolt passed through him and transferred his powers. This meant Barry had to rely on his younger self for reasons that were entirely the latter's fault. Alternate Barry also alerts Kara's captors when they were infiltrating due to his clumsiness and gets himself shot because he just assumed he would be bulletproof. Then he abuses his time-travel abilities, creating the Dark Flash and jeopardizing the Multiverse.
  • Meet Your Early-Installment Weirdness: Sort of. With his Motor Mouth, Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!, and Cowardly Lion characterization, he's essentially a powerless version of Barry from Justice League in comparison to the main universe Barry who acts more similar to the version from Zack Snyder's Justice League. As a result, Barry ends up getting fed up with Alternate Barry, calling him out on his immaturity despite the seriousness of the situation and saying that his talking constantly just makes him obnoxious.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Subverted. The suit he made was appropriated from a Batsuit worn by the Michael Keaton version of Batman, who was a straight example of this trope. Alternate-Barry customized the suit by removing the ears, nose, and cape, and coloring it with the Flash's trademark red hue and yellow lightning bolts.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Alternate-Barry wears a yellow jacket, likely a nod to Barry's sidekick Wally West from the comics (or even his archenemy Professor Zoom).
    • Being an alternate timeline duplicate of the prime Barry is reminiscent of the concept of time remnants found in The Flash (2014). He even gains a darker and spikier form stemming from numerous attempts to change the timeline, albeit played with more sympathy.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Excited over his new powers, he has a tendency to rush off and use them before Barry has finished explaining why he should be careful about doing so.
  • No Sympathy: When Faora-Ul attacks him and his Prime counterpart after he gets a shard of Kryptonian armor embedded into his arm, he then figures out her weakness and uses it to murder her in cold blood, showing no sympathy for her as he was focusing on trying again to save their friends via the Chronobowl. What’s even scarier is that Flashpoint Barry had killed someone for the first time… And he didn’t even care.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Subverted; Barry is telling other self what he finds annoying when he suddenly realizes that's how people see him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Plays the Red Oni to his future self's Blue Oni. He is extremely excitable and focused on enjoying his new powers and the adventure, while present Barry is calmer and focused on the mission.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In a sense. At the beginning of the comics, Flashpoint Barry is replaced by Prime Barry, who inherits both the former's memories and non-metahuman body, hence why there is only one Barry Allen during the event. In the movie, there are two Barrys, one from the main timeline and another from the altered one.
  • Spoiled Brat: Growing up without the trauma of his mother's death and his father's wrongful accusation has left this version of Barry an unambitious slacker. When he sarcastically calls Mainline Barry "Mom" as a jab at his seriousness, Barry loses it and furiously chews out his younger self, reminding him how lucky he is to have an unbroken family with both parents alive and to not take their love and kindness for granted.
  • Tragic Time Traveler: The death of his friends and mother hits him much harder than the current Barry, and he repeatedly goes back in time to find a way to save her, his friends, and stop Zod. However, not only does he end up learning that doing this caused the timelines to converge and begin destroying each other, he learns that his constant time traveling turned him into the Dark Flash, the very being that caused the mess in the first place. Alternate Barry eventually ends up dying at the hands of the Dark Flash, causing him to cease to exist as Alternate Barry was his basis for existence.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He grows frustrated with Prime Barry first for taking away his normal life and putting him in a battle against alien invaders and later for trying to stop him from trying to find a way to defeat Zod via time travel.

    Allen Family 

Alternate Allen Family

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Appearances: The Flash

In this new timeline, Nora Allen was never murdered, so Henry and Barry's lives were never changed.


    Barry's Roommates 

Alternate Patty, Albert and Gary

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Sean Rogers (Gary)

Appearances: The Flash

Alternate Barry shares an apartment with his classmates Patty and Albert, who in this timeline are shown to be sleeping together. They have a fourth roommate called Gary.

See Other Americans for more information on Patty and Albert from the previous timeline.


  • Fan Disservice: Gary doesn't wear any pants and he draws attention to his flabby thighs so everyone can see his Marty McFly tattoo.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In-Universe. Albert plays on his synthesizer while Mainline Barry tries to make sense of this new timeline. Albert's upbeat tunes undercut the severity of the situation, much to the former's irritation.
  • Those Two Guys: Even back then Patty and Albert were joined at the hip, which is justified because it's revealed that in this timeline (and possibly the original one as well), they were sleeping together.

    Dark Flash (Spoilers) 

Dark Flash

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Appearances: The Flash

"It's not entirely your fault, Barry. I pushed you out of the Chronobowl on that September 29th so you could start me on this path. How do you like our endless paradox? I made you create me. And now you're the one in my way. No matter how close I get to winning this fight, you go back and let Mom die. You're the inevitable intersection. And you do have to let go."

A future incarnation of Alternate Barry that became drunk with power and tried to create a perfect timeline.


  • Adaptational Villainy: The comic character called the Dark Flash was a gruff and antisocial '90s Anti-Hero, not a true villain.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Has Alternate Barry been trying to fix the timeline for decades or did he age himself to an old man after overusing his powers note ? Dark Flash explains that time is inconsistent in the Speed Force but never elaborates on how long has he lived.
  • Anti-Villain: Dark Flash was traumatized by the sight of Batman and Supergirl dying. Seeing time travel as the obvious solution, he repeatedly rewound time hoping to create a scenario where his allies aren't killed and prevent having to change history so his mother dies, only to go insane from his constant failures.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: A chunk of Nam-Ek's armor embedded itself in his arm, which he used as a weapon.
  • Body Horror: Dark Flash accumulated a series of shrapnel from his various encounters with Zod's forces and his suit eventually melted into his skin.
  • Cessation of Existence: He accidentally stabs Alternate Barry - the basis of his existence - which causes the Dark Flash to fade into nothing.
  • Composite Character: He borrows traits from the New 52's Future Flash and the Walter West incarnation of Dark Flash. His obsession with using time travel to fix a personal tragedy is also reminiscent of the third Reverse Flash, Daniel West, to who he also bears a resemblance and some elements of Professor Zoom (his origins of being a fan of Barry to his enemy and the Big Bad of the Flashpoint-inspired movie). His cosmic temper tantrum is also reminiscent of Superboy-Prime. His existence as an alternative timeline counterpart of Barry Allen wearing a darker and spiky suit makes him resemble the Arrowverse incarnation of Savitar.
  • Dark Is Evil: Due to his suit being appropriated from Batman, the red and yellow paint wore away from excessive stress.
  • Determinator: His visibly disheveled complexion, white hair, and wrinkles imply he has been endlessly trying to make a "perfect" timeline for decades.
  • Detrimental Determination: He will never give up looking for a way to save his mother and friends, no matter how hopeless the task is or how much collateral damage he causes.
  • Future Me Scares Me: He's Alternate Barry Allen, but aged up several decades from repeatedly traveling through time.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Dark Flash accosted the Flash before he could return to his present day, leaving him stranded in an alternate 2013 where he would eventually create a doppelganger that would eventually become the Dark Flash.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: His insistence on creating a timeline where none of the heroes (or his mother) die blinds him to the consequences of his actions. Most tellingly, in spite of being a senior citizen with white hair and visible wrinkles, he still affectionately refers to Nora as "Mom" with the same loving tone that his happy 18 years old past self did.
  • Scary Teeth: Barry has a nightmare where Dark Flash has jagged incisors. In reality, his teeth are normal, which only makes him more unnerving.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His lightning glows purple and orange, signifying his slide into villainy.
  • Shadow Archetype: Dark Flash exhibits all of Barry Allen's vulnerabilities to an amplified degree.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Dark Flash accumulates an assortment of shrapnel in his back and shoulders, with his hair and cowl merging to form a set of quills on his scalp. The end result makes him look like Doomsday.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: He's been trying for decades to create the perfect outcome, refusing to quit because he can't admit that he doesn't know what he's doing and he refuses to lose his mom.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Dark Flash tells the Mainline Flash that he deliberately pushed him into an alternate 2013 so that he would create Alternate Barry, who would eventually become the Dark Flash himself. In other words, Dark Flash's very existence is a paradox. His death is also a paradox, since the alternate Barry becomes him, yet also is accidentally killed by him, so he can't exist and thus dissolves away.
  • Tragic Time Traveler: He's the end result of Alternate Barry being corrupted by decades of constant time traveling, eventually devolving into a monstrous speedster who wants nothing more than to create the perfect timeline where everybody and his mother gets to live.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Going back in time to protect your friends and mother is an understandable pursuit, it's just that Dark Flash is willing to endanger an entire multiverse of strangers to protect the fraction of his own world's population that he'd grown attached to.

Gotham City

    Wayne Family 

Alternate Wayne Family

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Appearances: The Flash

See Gotham City for more information on Thomas and Martha in the previous timeline.
Bruce Wayne / Batman Has his own page.

  • Adaptational Wimp: Unlike Flashpoint where Thomas and Martha became Batman and the Joker, here they stayed dead.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Just like in every continuity, Thomas and Martha died in Bruce's childhood.
  • Mythology Gag: The photograph of Thomas Wayne shows him wearing a wide-lapelled suit with an ascot, much like Adam West's Bruce Wayne.

    Alfred Pennyworth 

Alternate Alfred Pennyworth

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Appearances: The Flash

In this timeline, Alfred has since passed away.

See Gotham City for more information on the Alfred from the previous timeline.

  • Alternate Self: He's implied to resemble the Alfred from Earth-89.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: As Bruce is an old man in this timeline, Alfred has been dead for some time.
  • Morality Pet: Barry was able to appeal to Bruce by telling him that the Alfred in his original timeline is still alive years later.
  • Present Absence: Since his passing, Bruce has succumbed to bad habits. He dresses like he's homeless despite owning a mansion, he cooks some very basic meals instead of the more elaborate dishes Alfred makes and his social skills apparently got worse. The fact that there's no hint of another servant to fill the void hints that Alfred was irreplacable to Bruce and that his life means nothing without his most trusted valet.

    Victor Stone 

Alternate Victor Stone

Affiliation(s): Gotham University

Appearances: The Flash (photograph only)

In the altered timeline, Victor's history remained relatively unchanged, but due to the events occurring in 2013 he has yet to become Cyborg.


  • Killed Offscreen: Alternate Victor's fated to die in every possible outcome. Zod defeats Supergirl and harvests the Codex from her cells. He would then go on to terraform Earth into a new Krypton, wiping out all of humanity.
  • Richard Nixon, the Used Car Salesman: Victor is just a college football player here rather than a member of Earth's greatest team of superheroes.

Amnesty Bay

    Curry Family 

Alternate Thomas Curry and Mrs Curry

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Portrayed By: Rosie Ede (Mrs Curry)

Appearances: The Flash

Thomas Curry is still a lighthouse keeper, but he never encountered Atlanna. Because of this, Arthur Curry was never conceived. He did however go on to have a human wife.

See Other Americans for more information on Thomas Curry from the previous timeline.


  • Mistaken for Prank Call: When Mainline Barry calls Thomas asking to speak to Arthur, Thomas tells Barry that Arthur is his pet dog. He then hangs up in irritation.

Krypton

    The House of El 

See the Justice League page for Kara Zor-El / Supergirl. Kal-El / Superman has his own page.

Kryptonian Invaders

    General Zod 

Alternate Zod

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"Terraforming has begun. This world must die so that ours may live again."

Appearances: The Flash

"You bring me nothing? Hmm. I gave you a warning. Your failure to deliver the Kryptonian traitor is being taken as an act of war!"

After the Flash alters the timeline, he creates a world without superheroes to protect it. This allows for General Zod and his followers to invade Earth unchallenged.


  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: In contrast to the original Zod, who lost his people and died at the hands of Superman (twice), this Zod's successful reclamation of the Codex and terraforming of Earth into a new home for the Kryptonians is an event set in stone for the timeline Barry accidentally created, to the point where Dark Flash was created by Alternate Barry's futile attempts to alter them.
  • Back for the Finale: A variation. Zod was the very first Big Bad of the DC Extended Universe. With The Flash undoing the events of Man of Steel before leading up to a resetting of DC's cinematic universe, Zod returns to see its conclusion.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Despite Alternate Barry's numerous attempts to reset the timeline, Zod always ends up killing Supergirl and Batman before terraforming the Earth into a New Krypton.
  • Big Bad: Downplayed. While Dark Flash is the Final Boss of the film and Barry's biggest obstacle, Zod is the overall primary threat in The Flash as defeating him is the entire reason why Barry puts together his ragtag team. That being said, he's otherwise a fairly impersonal villain towards Barry and Bruce, with his arc being far more integral to Kara. While he is a physical threat, the focus is not on defeating him, but rather on preventing this version of him from having come to be in the first place.
  • Composite Character: With Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman as the leader of the invasion in the Flashpoint timeline that claims the world.
  • Implacable Man: It takes a Superman to defeat Zod, and unfortunately...the two Flashes, Batman, and Supergirl are decidedly not Superman. No matter what strategy Barry's team attempts, Zod always wins. His constant victories are in fact what gives birth to Dark Flash.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Zod's original invasion was galvanized when Clark accidentally activated a Kryptonian distress signal. Since Clark's out of the picture in this timeline, it goes to show that Zod's invasion of Earth was always fated to happen.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Downplayed, but when explaining to Kara that he intercepted the infant Kal-El's pod, he notably dodges her inquiries about what exactly happened to her cousin. When he does finally tell her that the child did not survive the attempts to find the Codex in his DNA, Zod's hesitation and facial expressions convey a sense of shame for the act.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Zod and his fellow Kryptonian invaders are the biggest threat in a movie where the Flash is the protagonist. Downplayed as his primary opponent is still Supergirl.
  • So Last Season: In Man of Steel it took everything Superman had to best Zod in combat. Supergirl was able to overpower him after having only one day to acclimate to her powers. Subverted when she seemingly beats Zod, as he was only pretending to be knocked unconscious to lure her into a false sense of security so he could stab her through the chest with ease.
  • Would Hurt a Child: This version of Zod succeeded in killing Kal-El when he was still a baby, even going so far as to dissect the infant's body in hopes of finding any trace of the Codex, only to turn up short. He is, however, evidently deeply ashamed of this, as he regretfully admits to Kara what he did.

    Faora-Ul 

Alternate Faora

Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Krypton

Affiliation: Sword of Rao

Appearances: The Flash

See Superman's Rogues Gallery for more information on the Faora Ul from the previous timeline.


  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Faora kills Supergirl in this manner. She herself is then stabbed by Alternate Barry.
  • Out of Focus: Faora doesn't have as much screen presence as Zod or Nam-Ek this time around.

    Nam-Ek 

Alternate Nam-Ek

Species: Kryptonian

Citizenship: Krypton

Affiliation: Sword of Rao

Appearances: The Flash

See Superman's Rogues Gallery for more information on the Nam-Ek from the previous timeline.


  • Adaptational Wimp: The Nam-Ek from the original timeline was able to put up a fight against Superman, this version is knocked out with standard explosives, Batman can actually last for a few moments engaged in a fight with him and Barry working together with Alternate Barry defeats him with moderate difficulty.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Barry working together with Alternate Barry defeats Nam-Ek by continuously blasting him with supercharged lightning, causing his armor to explode.
  • Hero Killer: He mortally wounds Keaton-Batman in at least one outcome.

Alternative Title(s): DCEU Knightmare

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