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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

    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.


  • 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.
  • 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 figthing 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 (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).
  • 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 

    The Flash 

    Cyborg 
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    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.
  • 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 and takes part to La Résistance against Darkseid and evil Superman.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Seeing the love of her life being killed made her 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.

Deceased Heroes

    Wonder Woman 

    Aquaman 

    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.
  • 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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Species: New God

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. Among his new slaves is none other than Superman.

See his character sheet here for more information.

  • 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 Bad Future 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.
  • Evil Only Has to Win Once: Once Darkseid obtains Anti-Life, the world is beyond salvation. Given that 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: When 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: Batman enlists in the aid of the Flash and even his arch-nemesis the Joker to go back in time and prevent her death. From this it can be assumed that had Superman not been brainwashed by Darkseid, the forces of Earth could have fought back against Apokolips even after Darkseid gained the Anti-Life Equation.
  • 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 civilisations 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.

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