So who is this Darkseid anyway? What are his hobbies? Who are his inspirations? Why does he spell his name like a stout German lager?
All of these questions and more should be answered if the (often highly reliable) team over at Latino Review is right about the villain’s appearance in the forthcoming Justice League movie set for 2015.* No doubt DC and Warners will want to introduce him to the world as we get closer to the release date, and even if they don’t want to, comic book fans will definitely be staking out the set for a glimpse of a costume for which to ridicule into oblivion.
The thing about Darkseid is that he represents the filmmakers (who have yet to be named) going big. As big as their gamble on making an omnibus superhero flick 1) just because Avengers destroyed the box office and 2) without thoroughly-introduced cinematic heroes. He’s just about as iconic as it gets — an alien force of evil from the planet Apokolips that’s one of the toughest foes the team has ever faced. He’s immortal, invulnerable and a genius to boot. Good luck with that, Batman.
In a way, that makes sense. If you’ve got Superman and Friends getting together for 2 whole hours, you’ve got to give them someone who takes a while to take down. That could be a villain like Darkseid or one who could raise an army large enough to keep them busy. It’s also kind of cool that — since this is a big gamble — Warners is giving the superhero team a chance to fight a truly awe-inpsiring bad guy instead of saving him for a sequel that may never come.
* The weird thing about all of this is that, if it’s correct, it means that Geoff Johns, Warners and screenwriter Will Beall have already nailed down who the villain is going to before hiring a director. That’s definitely not unheard of, but it’s also supremely early on in the process for a decision like this to survive all the way to the end. Granted, they want to shoot in 2013, but there are a thousand ways this could turn out to be wrong. Even if Latino Review has got the facts straight here, that doesn’t mean that this one element of the project won’t change in the development or production period.