"For the Unity! For Darkseid!"
Apokoliptian warcry[src]

Darkseid is an ancient and powerful cosmic warlord who rules over Apokolips and also commands the massive army of Parademons.


Ruler of Apokolips

Following his nephew's defeat thousands of years ago, Darkseid ordered Steppenwolf to retrieve the Mother Boxes hidden on Earth.[1]


  • Mother Boxes: Darkseid and his forces utilize Mother Boxes to travel throughout space and terraform conquered planets.





Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Uxas, pure hatred personified, was the younger son of Yuga Khan and Heggra who later became the ruler of Apokolips and a merciless tyrant who demanded unwavering devotion and abject fear from all his subjects. He was a major player in the cosmic war that was the Final Crisis.
  • Storyboard details of Zack Snyder's original cut of Justice League shows that Darkseid was supposed to be introduced in the film. The storyboard shows an alternate storyline, in which Superman had a vision of the Mother Boxes successfully merging to form the Unity and destroy the Earth, leading to the alternate future Batman witnessed in his vision.[2]
  • The familial relation of Darkseid and Steppenwolf varied while Justice League was still in production. Versions of the script had Darkseid and Steppenwolf as brothers, the children of Heggra, but the final version has Darkseid as Steppenwolf's uncle.
    • In the comics, Darkseid is Steppenwolf's nephew, not his uncle.