Rumor: The Villain Battling the 'Justice League' is Kind of a Big Deal
by Ethan Anderton
December 3, 2012
We're still waiting to find out whether or not Man of Steel will have some sort of ties to Justice League or how the rest of the superhero ensemble from DC Comics will shape up (reps have denied the rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing Batman and who knows if Ryan Reynolds will be Green Lantern again). However, one detail from the proposed 2015 release seems to have Warner Bros. trying to give The Avengers sequel a run for their money. The reliable Latino Review claims to have learned the identity of the villain who will be taking on Justice League and for comic fans, this one should sound familiar. Read on!
Right now the rumored villain is that of Darkseid and here's what he looks like:
Comic Vine describes him as the "God of Evil" and the supreme monarch of planet Apokolips. Considered one of Superman's greatest adversaries and the greatest threat to the DC Universe, he seeks to control all living things with the Anti-Life Equation. Revealing Darkseid would be a great tease to find at the end of Man of Steel if it's not some other sort of Justice League reveal with any of the other characters. However, it would also echo the appearance of Thanos at the end of The Avengers 2. Why does that matter? Well, Thanos is actually a villain who was inspired by Darkseid. There have been discussions from comic fans for years about their similarities and even who would win in a fight.
Honestly, if you think about it, there aren't really any other villains who are formidable enough to take on a superhero team by themselves, so Darkseid is an obvious but necessary choice. And if Justice League really does kick off with Man of Steel, then having one of Superman's adversaries as the villain just makes sense. Personally, I'm interested to see how audiences respond to having two very similar villains in competing comic book superhero ensemble tentpoles. Right now we're still waiting for a final script and a director to get Justice League moving even faster, so stay tuned.