Justice League’s Snyder’s Cut introduces the concept of the Anti-Life Equation, without really explaining it. We explain everything about this power that Darkseid covets.
As of May 19, OCS subscribers can legally discover Justice League’s Director’s Cut. In this version of 4h reworked by Zack Snyder, the director introduces new elements that that of Joss Whedon had deliberately excluded.
Among them, the mention of the anti-life equation, a power that Darkseid particularly covets. It is his henchman, Steppenwolf, who will find his trace on Earth. But the scenario remains rather vague on its origin and its use. To find out more, you have to turn to DC comics.
It is the cartoonist Jack Kirby who imagined this principle in his cosmic saga The Fourth World, which sees the clash between the New Gods (where we find precisely Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid). The latter sends his parademons into the solar system to unearth the equation. He will find it on Earth, in the mind of one of its inhabitants.
The principle is quite simple: whoever owns it can control populations and by extension, planets. Its formula is as follows: “loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-esteem ÷ mockery ÷ condemnation ÷ incomprehension x guilt x shame x failure x judgment n = y where y = hope and n = madness, love = lies, life = death, individual = dark side“.
The “infected” person then loses all control over his free will and submits to the will of others. Its form and use have evolved in comics, but this equation has an important place in DC.
If rumors are to be believed, the anti-life equation should have been at the center of Justice League 2, as Snyder envisioned. It was Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) who should have grabbed it before offering it to Darkseid. The latter then used it on Clark / Superman (Henry Cavill) just after the death of Lois Lane, leading to the famous Knightmare that can be seen at the end of Snyder’s Justice League.