Darkseid is one of the most powerful villains in the DC Universe. Although the intergalactic tyrant hasn't made his cinematic debut yet, he was a major part of Justice League director Zack Snyder's plans for the DC Extended Universe.
While the iconic villain didn't appear in 2017's Justice League, Snyder took to social media platform Vero and celebrated Father's Day by giving fans a black-and-white glimpse of what his Darkseid could've looked like .
In the post, Snyder refers to Darkseid by his birth name, Uxas, and reveals that the villain is using the Anti-Life Equation, an ultimate weapon that spreads hopelessness, despair and destruction, in the image.
The CGI-heavy image seemingly shows the young Darkseid laying waste to a planet, possibly even Earth, with his advancing armies. In the theatrical version of Justice League, Darkseid's acolyte, Steppenwolf, attacks Earth and takes on its primitive heroes with an army on a wasteland in a scene that bears some resemblance to the photo.
After an infamously troubled production process, Snyder left Justice League after a family tragedy. After director Joss Whedon was reportedly called in to complete reshoots that gave the film a lighter tone, rumors of a Snyder cut of the film quickly began gaining traction online. Several people involved with the production, including Snyder himself, have also publicly discussed the Snyder cut, which is supposedly more in line with the director's original vision for the film. Since then, public demand for the Snyder cut has only increased.
While Justice League ultimately earned disappointing box office totals and was met with mixed critical reviews, Snyder's aborted sequel to the film, Justice League 2, was originally supposed to be released last week on Fri, June 14, 2019. By all accounts, Darkseid would've played a major role in that movie after being first introduced in Justice League.