Since Zack Snyder made his entry in the DC Extended Universe, the level of the franchise somewhere went down after Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. But still, the filmmaking style of Zack Snyder has been appreciated by DCEU fans and critics. Zack Snyder managed to bring some characters that were yet to make their cinematic debut, and among them were the New Gods. Here’s every New Gods Character Snyder introduced:
1. Granny Goodness
Granny Goodness did a cameo appearance in Justice League and was one of Darkseid’s generals. She is a villain and according to the comics, she is known for running one of Apokolips’ brutal orphanages. She became a part of Darkseid’s elite Female Furies groups along with Big Barda. Based on Snyder’s plans for Justice League, Granny Goodness could have appeared in the final movie and had invaded Earth. She was also involved in the “Knightmare” timeline that Batman glimpses.
2. Apokoliptan Priests
The “history lesson” flashback shows Apokoliptan priests working along with Darkseid in the first invasion of Earth. Three priests commanded every Mother Box and aimed to make the Unity for transforming Earth’s surface into a barren wasteland like Apokolips. But their plans were foiled by Zeus and the other Old Gods. DeSaad was also a member and since they were from Apokolips, they were members of the race of New Gods but were not as powerful as Steppenwolf.
The New Gods seen in Zack Snyder’s DCEU scratched the surface of the rich and mostly strange cast of Kirby’s Fourth World comics. The canceled New Gods film or future films revolving around these characters might involve their heroic counterparts like Highfather, Mister Miracle, and Big Barda. DCEU fans will now have to content themselves with these intriguing characters’ appearances in the existing movies.
DeSaad was seen with Darkseid as his most loyal advisor and henchman. He has lived for thousands of years and was one of the priests attempting to command the Mother Boxes in the first battle for Earth. In Zack Snyder’s original five-movie Justice League arc, DeSaad could have played a bigger part in the story. He would have lead Darkseid’s armies of parademons and other New Gods. According to the comics, DeSaad is Darkseif’s chief torturer and is named after the infamous French author Marquis deSade. He has also appeared on-screen along with Darkseid in Smallville.
Steppenwolf is the main villain of Justice League. He was originally Darkseid’s uncle and one of his top generals. But in the past, Steppenwolf betrayed Darkseid to his galactic enemies who made a failed try to claim Darkseid’s throne. Steppenwolf was then exiled and asked to conquer 150,000 worlds before he can return to Darkseid’s side. At the beginning of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, DeSaad says that Steppenwolf has 50,000 worlds to go. This means that he already devastated 100,000 planets before coming to Earth.
The Snyder Cut explains Steppenwolf’s motivation by mentioning his backstory and he is seen in spiked armor. Earlier DCEU films were meant to introduce Steppenwolf and build up to Justice League. In Suicide Squad, Steppenwolf was meant to control the Enchantress. But it was changed as DC exes turned against Snyder’s direction for the franchise. In another version, Steppenwolf is very powerful and needs the full efforts of the Justice League to bring him down. He attempts to bring together the Mother Boxes to discover the Anti-Life Equation and proves his worth to Darkseid by doing what Darkseid could not. Towards the end, Superman’s resurrection tips the scale in favor of humanity, but not before Steppenwolf comes close to victory.
The Snyder Cut shows Darkseid as the archvillain of the DCEU. He is the lord of Apokolips and aims to conquer the multiverse with the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid firstly tries to conquer Earth 5000 many years ago but is defeated by an alliance of Atlanteans, Amazons, humans, and also the Green Lantern Corps. Here the New Gods are defeated by the Old Gods and traditional figures like Zeus, Ares, and Artemis.
Darkseid is called to Earth after Superman’s death. Superman’s death awakens the Mother Boxes. Darkseid asks Steppenwolf to find a way for his arrival on Earth, but even after his minion’s failure, he is ready to conquer Earth and the only planet that had successfully repelled him once. This conflict would have been there in Justice League sequels. The glimpses of Darkseid in battle during Wonder Woman’s history lesson show that he has superhuman strength, speed, and toughness and can fire red energy beams from his eyes.
So this was every New Gods character Zack Snyder introduced. We could have had more of them, but the SnyderVerse has been canceled.