Lex Luthor kidnaps Martha Kent and threatens to kill her unless Superman fights Batman to the death. When Superman fails, Luthor goes through with his threat. In a grief-fueled rage, Superman murders Luthor in retribution.
The New God Darkseid uses something known as the Anti Life Equation to take control of Superman and uses the Kryptonian to take over the Earth.
Outside what was once the bay separating Gotham City from Metropolis, Batman watches as a armored convoy approaches the insurgency's campsite. Upon approaching the convoy, he climbs into one of the trucks to find a briefcase containing what he believes to be Kryptonite and opens it only to find lightbulbs emitting a green glow.
Suddenly, one of the soldiers pulls a gun on Batman and Superman's Army emerges from the rest of the trucks. Batman fights back only to be suddenly ambushed by a squadron of Parademons. In the ensuing chaos, he is overwhelemed and knocked unconscious.
When Batman regains consciousness, he realizes that he and his surviving allies are being held prisoner by the regime. Superman enters the bunker and murders the other prisoners with his Heat Vision before approaching a now horrified Batman. After unmasking the viligante, Superman proceeds to tear Batman's heart out of his chest and kills him.
As a result, the timeline was changed and the war between Batman and Superman was averted, but made the threat of Darkseid, who aided Superman in the original timeline, a reality.
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (First appearance)
- Batman wields a holstered sidearm and uses his opponent's machine guns, which contrasts his view on gun use.
- The war between Superman's regime and Batman's insurgency shares numerous similarities to the events of the video game "Injustice: Gods Among Us." During the end of the nightmare, Superman drives his hand through Batman's heart the similar to how he did to the Joker in Injustice.