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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.


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The Insurgency

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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.


  • 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 their chest fried by Superman's Eye Beams, and Batman takes the cake with Superman plunging his hand right to 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, and Superman and Parademons on their side.
  • Disaster Scavengers: They are equipped and armed with whatever they could find in the wasteland the USA have become and as such they wouldn't look out of place in the Mad Max sequels — Batman's assault rifle looks stitched together and 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.
  • 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 figthing against the oppression of Superman's rule and the forces of Darkseid that invaded the Earth.
  • 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 (or even more) gruff as Aquaman was, and she too is not thrilled at having to work with the Joker (nobody is really, not even Deathstroke).

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    The Flash 

    Cyborg 
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    Mera 

    Deathstroke 
See his character sheet here.

    The Joker 

Deceased Heroes

    Wonder Woman 

    Aquaman 

    Harley Quinn 

Apokoliptian Forces / The Regime

    Darkseid 
See his sheet on this page.

    Superman 

    Superman's Army 

Superman's Army

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"Get down! Get down!"

Species: Humans

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Played by: Ele Bardha | Zack Snyder (voice)

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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.

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