One of the most controversial changes with Joss Whedon's Justice League was the removal of Darkseid from the film, specifically the history lesson sequence. Darkseid was instead replaced by Steppenwolf to the frustration of fans and Ray Porter, the voice of Darkseid. Fortunately, Darkseid will be re-added to Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League and even potentially more scenes beyond the history lesson.
Zack Snyder recently showed an illustration of his Darkseid adorned on t-shirts for charity, but Snyder has explained in a recent interview how he still had bigger plans for the Dark God in a sequel to Justice League.
In a League of Mayhem live stream from The Nerd Queens (via ScreenRant), Snyder appeared as a guest and revealed that, after his upcoming Justice League cut on HBO Max, Snyder already has a story in mind for a sequel and the villain Darkseid.
If you said to any of the actors in the movie 'well what happens in the movie' or 'what happens later' or whatever for any movie. And they go 'well I got the script and it's cool and I kind of know this and-' so [Ray Porter] and I were talking about this and what's cool or what's the right response to some questions. It's a fair question to ask me, you know, like what do I say to the world about, you know, what happens when Darkseid comes to Earth? Then what? You know, Is that a thing? And I think, listen, the truth is that, did I write and did I have and conceive a complete- do I know what happens when Darkseid... yes. I do know what happens. To say and to speculate about what that is, and that that would be exciting, I think that's a fine thing.
WHAT THIS MEANS
More dedicated fans will know and have pieced together Zack Snyder's original plan for Justice League and Darkseid, who, at one point, was meant to have killed Lois Lane. Zack Snyder actually explained much of his original plans last year at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena (via ComicBook.com). The anti-life equation would have been introduced while also giving more context and explanation to the Knightmare sequence from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
There is no telling if those plans have changed, since it has been almost five years since filming for Zack Snyder's original Justice League started. At least now, after all these years and hardship, Snyder will finally finish at least part of his original grand plan for these classic comic book heroes and villains.