Darkseid is one of the most intimidating fictional villains ever and one of the most powerful beings in DC comic books. On today’s podcast, we discuss the history and powers of the character, as well as the most important stories and adaptations.
- Created by writer/artist Jack Kirby as part of his Fourth World mythology
- First appearance: Cameo (voice chat) in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970), full appearance in Forever People #1 (February 1971)
- First was main villain of Jimmy Olsen, Forever People, Mister Miracle, and New Gods; now one of the biggest “bads” in DC Comics history
- Has been often imitated (or purely copied) by other franchises
- It is believed Kirby (a World War II veteran) modeled Darkseid after Adolf Hitler and Apokolips on Nazi Germany
Who is Darkseid?
- A New God and Ruler of Apokolips, rival to Highfather and New Genesis
- Leader of Intergang, Darkseid’s Elite, and Female Furies (with Granny Goodness)
- Was Prince Uxas
- His brother Drax attempts to get the power of the Omega Force; Uxas murdered him and claimed Omega Force (changing appearance and name)
- Nephew of Steppenwolf, father of Kalibak and Orion; works closely with his servant Desaad
- Always searching for the anti-life equation
- New God powers – strength, speed, durability
- Sometimes others – flight, energy manipulation
- Omega Force, projection of Omega Beams
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, The Great Darkness Saga, Legends, Cosmic Odyssey, and Final Crisis
- New 52 – Justice League: Origins, Darkseid War
- Live-action Television – Season 10 of Smallville
- Animated TV – Super Friends, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Teen Titans Go!, and Justice League Action
- DC Animated Universe – recurring villain from Superman: The Animated Series to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited
- Animated film – big bad of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and Justice League: War
- Film – Bryan Singer was considering using him in the (cancelled) Superman Returns sequel, mentioned in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and expected to appear in Justice League.
- Will he show up in the Justice League film and how?
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