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In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne/Batman witnesses a nightmarish Bad Future in a dream (called the "Knightmare" in some tie-ins), 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

    Batman 

Bruce Wayne / Batman

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"Did you get it, the rock?"

Species: Human

Played by: Ben Affleck

Dubbed by: René García (Latin-American Spanish), Claudio Serrano (European Spanish), Masato Obara (Japanese), Boris Rehlinger (French), Pierre Auger (Canadian French), Jorge Lucas (Brazilian Portuguese)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

In the nightmarish alternate future Bruce Wayne/Batman witnesses in his dream, he has become the leader of the Insurgency, a human resistance group fighting against Superman's dictatorship.

See his character page for the main timeline.

  • Badass Baritone: He keeps using a voice changer to make his voice sound deeper.
  • Badass in Distress: Gets captured by Superman's army, and finds himself at the mercy of the Man of Steel, who has become a ruthless tyrant ruling the Earth.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a trenchcoat over his suit.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: His principles no longer apply in this ruthless and hopeless future. He is seen using firearms without hesitating on Superman's soldiers.
  • Big "NO!": Lets one out as Superman's soldiers start gunning down his men.
  • Cool Guns: Packs a Colt MK IV along with a FN SCAR-L assault rifle.
  • Future Badass: Granted he's already a badass in the main timeline, but this alternate version of him is gun-toting and wears a Badass Longcoat.
  • Lured into a Trap: He and his men are betrayed by Truck, who they trusted to find and smuggle some Kryptonite. Truck sold them out to Superman's forces and a massacre ensued.
  • Pistol-Whipping: He bashes several of Superman's soldiers with an assault rifle before being subdued.
  • Rebel Leader: He became a leader of La Résistance.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: He was once a superhero with a "No Guns" rule. Now he primarily uses guns.

    The Flash 

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen / The Flash

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

Species: Enhanced human

Played by: Ezra Miller

Dubbed by: Arturo Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish), Masumi Mutsuda (European Spanish), Chikahiro Kobayashi (Japanese, Batman v. Superman-Suicide Squad), Gauthier Battoue (French), Nicholas Savard-L'Herbier (Canadian French), Charles Emmanuel (Brazilian Portuguese)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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

See his character sheet on the Justice League page for the main timeline.

  • 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 ally himself with Darkseid and ensures the Justice League never forms. He wants to prevent both from happening.
  • Future Badass: He has seemingly joined the resistance to Superman's oppressive regime and wears an armored suit. And he's become powerful enough to use the Speed Force to travel in time.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: It's not clear if Barry's actually traveled back in time or if his presence was a part of Bruce's nightmare. 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. In the Bad Future of the Aborted Arc that he originally intended to reveal in Justice League before the movie was changed in both pre and post-production out of invokedExecutive Meddling, Darkseid killed Lois Lane, used the Anti-Life Equation on the broken Superman to turn him to his side and likely killed Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and a badly crippled Cyborg along with Flash and Batman had to find a solution. They came up with Flash using his Speed Force to go back in time before Darkseid's invasion and warn Bruce.
  • 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.

    The Insurgency 

The Insurgency

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Species: Humans

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A group of humans led by Batman who fight against Superman's dictatorship.


  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Those who get gunned down by Superman's army 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 vs. Goliath: They are a mere human guerilla with some military grade weaponry and, save for perhaps Batman, have no body armors. 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 Mad Max. By contrast, Superman's army has standardized equipments and weapons.
  • Lured into a Trap: They are betrayed by Truck, who they trusted to smuggle some Kryptonite. He sold them out to Superman's forces and a massacre ensued.
  • Red Shirts: Basically nameless extras whose main purpose is to all be slaughtered by Superman's mooks or Superman himself.
  • La Résistance: A group of humans figthing against the oppression of Superman's rule and the forces of Apokolips that invaded the Earth.
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The Regime

    Superman 

Kal-El / Clark Joseph Kent / Superman

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"She was my world... and you took her from me!"

Species: Kryptonian

Played by: Henry Cavill

Dubbed by: Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish), Guillermo Romero (European Spanish), Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), Adrien Antoine (French), Patrice Dubois (Canadian French), Guilherme Briggs (Brazilian Portuguese)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

In the nightmarish alternate future of Bruce's dream, Superman has become malevolent, taking over the Earth as its tyrant ruler, mercilessly killing anybody who opposes him, and allying himself to Darkseid's forces.

See his character page for the main timeline.

  • Became Their Own Antithesis: He became the antithesis of the Big Good Jor-El intended him to become for the Earth, in a nutshell.
  • Beware the Superman: The worst possible extent of the trope...
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: invokedZack Snyder has confirmed that Darkseid used the Anti-Life Equation to submit Superman to his will when he was devastated by the death of Lois Lane (which, in the scrapped original screenplay for Justice League, was caused by Darkseid himself Boom-Tubing in the Batcave, where she was sheltered, making it seem like Batman killed her).
  • Bright Is Not Good: Even as a merciless tyrant, he still wears his bright-colored suit.
  • Evil Overlord: He has become an evil tyrant his subjects kneel before.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was once deemed to become a beacon of hope for humanity... then turned against it.
  • Fallen Hero: He saved the world once, then jumped off the slippery slope.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Losing the love of his life surely broke him.
  • I Want Them Alive: He gave orders to capture Batman alive to his men, since they don't shoot at him when ambushing him.
  • It's Personal: Between him and Batman. He thinks Batman is the cause of Lois' death.
  • Kick the Dog: He uses his Eye Beams to fry the chest of a few human resistants and plunges his hand into Batman's heart. It drives the point home on how malevolent he has become.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Losing the love of his life was at least part of what made him reject everything he was meant to become and turn him into an Evil Overlord. There are hints that this was also possible because of Darkseid using the Anti-Life Equation.
  • The Quisling: He rules the Earth with an iron fist following the successful Apokoliptian invasion, and most likely became a servant of Darkseid.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His rage and despair following the loss of Lois were part of what turned him into a vengeful tyrant, and likely a herald of Darkseid. The latter actually used the Anti-Life Equation to cause his Face–Heel Turn.

    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 dictatorship.


  • 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)

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 

The foot soldiers of the forces of Apokolips. They provide support to Superman's army.

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Bat-Creature

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Species: Unknown

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A monster that appears in another of Bruce Wayne's nightmares.


  • Allegorical Character: Its presence is a visual representation of how Bruce Wayne has become consumed by darkness.
  • Bad Black Barf: Constantly spews an inky substance.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Ashen skin, twisted features and prominent front teeth. Appropriate considering its bat theme.
  • Prophet Eyes: Owing to being a creature of darkness, its eyes have deteriorated into cadaverous white orbs.
  • Rule of Symbolism: In the nightmare, Bruce turns his back on a stain-glass window depicting an angel in a red robe descending to Earth. As he tends to his parents' tombs, the bat-creature bursts from his mother's and tries to drag him into the darkness.

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