Justice League: Zack Snyder Opens Up About Desaad's Relationship With Steppenwolf & Darkseid

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
Desaad, Darkseid, Steppenwolf

Zack Snyder's Justice League will set the stage for the live-action debut of Darkseid, but he will not be alone. Joining him is Desaad, who is best known as the high priest of torture of Apokolips from the comics. The debut of these villains serves as prime evidence that Snyder's version will be drastically different from its theatrical predecessor.

Snyder has been hard at work in the past weeks in terms of hyping up the eventual release of his version of Justice League , and a major chunk of those discussions allude to Darkseid. The visionary director previously compared the power levels of the Omega-beam infused villain to Dawn of Justice 's Doomsday, describing it as "pretty much comparable in some ways."

On top of that, Darkseid's mural has been teased in some set photos, potentially hinting that the reshoots that Snyder and the rest are working on could eventually include the famed set piece. And now, a new piece of information about Darkseid has arrived, showcasing one of his chief allies in the comics.


Based on the official teaser breakdown of the Snyder Cut trailer, Zack Snyder shared more details about Desaad's role in the narrative of his version of Justice League, describing him as the "go-between" between Steppenwolf and Darkseid while also teasing that the villain "offers us a lot of backstories" regarding the relationship of the two powerful beings.

Snyder also shared that Desaad is the "agent" that Steppenwolf interacts with about his conquest of Earth through a "super cool" hologram.


It's getting more evident that Zack Snyder's Justice League will heavily showcase Darkseid, and the addition of Desaad will no doubt provide more backstory about the menacing villain. Snyder's reveal about Desaad serving as the "go-between" between Steppenwolf and Darkseid isn't surprising, since the villain is one of the top lieutenants of Apokolips from the comics.

It's nice to know that Desaad is playing the same role that he took on in the comics, further highlighting Snyder's dedication in bringing a comic-accurate representation of Apokolips. Not only that, Snyder confirmed that fans will learn more about the live-action version of Apokolips from Desaad's perspective, while also expanding the familial dynamic of Steppenwolf to Darkseid.

It will be interesting to see how Desaad's role will push the narrative of Justice League in a different way, and this is solid proof that Snyder's version of the film will be an entirely different experience.

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.