The God of Evil of the DC Universe desires the Anti-Life Equation. And he wants to use it to conquer the universe. Darkseid finally got a live action adaptation with Zack Snyder’s Justice League. In the movie and the planned sequels that will never be released, we finally get to know which DCEU heroes were killed and/or defeated by Darkseid. Zack Snyder’s Justice League was but a mere beginning of the things to come.
An ancient Green Lantern, he was one of the first Lanterns to defend sector 2814 in the DCEU. A very renowned Lantern, the Guardians believed in him so much that they made his ring immune to the color yellow. Gur made his cinematic debut in a flashback sequence. He was one of the many warriors who were called upon to defend Earth against Darkseid’s first planned invasion. Darkseid impales Yala Gur and dismembers him in battle. The ring leaves its dead master and flies off into space to find a worthy successor.
Her death is revealed during Cyborg’s Knightmare vision. Queen Hippolyta is seen mourning and grieving over the loss of her beloved daughter. As her body lays on the funeral pyre, Darkseid could be seen arriving in an Apokoliptian warship. From the looks of it, Darkseid is probably the one who killed her. She is also the first known superhero death in Cyborg’s vision. This meant Darkseid considered her a true threat and took her out before she could cause any more trouble.
The next death to happen after Wonder Woman was Aquaman. Arthur Curry is killed by Darkseid in his own throne room. Darkseid impales Arthur with the Trident of Atlan. In the rest of the movie, Aquaman interestingly uses the Trident of Atlanna. Darkseid also kills Vulko in the same scene. Mera is later seen using Atlan’s Trident in the Knightmare sequence.
Darkseid never killed Superman per se. But he broke him in a way not even Batman or Luthor could. After losing the ones he loved, Superman was emotionally susceptible. Darkseid uses the Anti-Life Equation on him, turning him into his brain-washed lackey. An evil Superman now stands against every ideal he was taught as a child by the Kents. Darkseid beats him by taking away Superman’s greatest asset – his humanity.
The Knightmare sequence shows us the body of a Dead Kilowog, a famed Green lantern. His body is seen in the rubble with a huge gaping hole in his chest. It implies Superman killed him. And since Superman is basically a living extension of Darkseid’s will in the Knightmare reality, the God of Evil is the one that killed Kilowog.
In the Knightmare reality, Batman leads the last pockets of resistance against the might of Apokolips. Called the Insurgency, they are the last hope of earth against Darkseid. In the Dawn of Justice vision, Superman kills Batman after capturing him. In the planned sequels, Batman’s arc would have been more complete. Bruce Wayne saves Lois Lane, preventing the Knightmare reality from ever happening, and kills Darkseid before dying from his Omega Beams.