The DC Extended Universe – which is the name for the cinematic universe in which Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman reside – is about to explode into life.
With only 2013's Man of Steel to its name so far, next year will see the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. There are also eight further films scheduled for release after those, which will take the franchise up to 2020.
With that in mind, there are going to be a lot of characters introduced – many of them villains (such is the nature of comic book movies). All of the major characters will have an impact to some extent, but it's the villains who will really look to shake things up.
Whether it's because of the way they effect the other characters in the franchise, the destruction they cause, or the fact that they genuinely have the power and influence to change the world entirely (or indeed anything else), villains can be extremely impactful in any given universe.
In this article, we'll take a look at the ten villains whose presence is most likely to make the biggest impact on the DC Extended Universe. So, without further ado, let's get on with it!
Ares is set to appear in 2017's Wonder Woman as one of two villains posing a threat to the Amazonian heroine. Along with Circe, he will go up against Wonder Woman in what looks likely to be the 1920s – but his impact will be greater than that of the wicked sorceress'.
He will use Circe to attack Wonder Woman's homeland of Themyscira – effectively working in the background as the mastermind behind the attack- and this will result in Circe being defeated in the movie, while he remains at large.
Not only will it be his scheme that contributes to Wonder Woman leaving Themyscira to head to America, he will also be looking for revenge on her for her victory – and he could show up in future movies, having come up with an even more fiendish plot.
Ares could become the DCEU's lite version of the MCU's Thanos – operating in the background, waiting for the moment to strike. Eventually, he will get his hands dirty – perhaps alongside an evil army of his own creation – and he will go up against several heroes, rather than just Wonder Woman.