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You should have gone with her, boy
~ Highfather, right before he brutally murders Orion.
You are one to speak! You are blood-soaked in betrayal! If I had to do it over, I would have warned them all, I would have shouted to the skies: 'Trust not the monster, Highfather, he is mad with power'!
~ Bekka condemns her grandfather's evil.

Highfather is the secondary flashback villain in the 2015 animated DC film Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Normally the kindhearted and benevolent leader of the New Gods of New Genesis and a metaphor for Moses, this version of Highfather is instead a cruel and treacherous villain, while the New Gods of Apokolips are the victims.

He was voiced by Richard Chamberlain

History

Highfather is introduced in an extended flashback to Wonder Woman's days among her people before she went to Earth. In it, he presents himself as being open to peace with Apokolips, claiming that his world and Darkseid's have been in conflict for too long. So it is that they agree to a marriage between Highfather's granddaughter Bekka and Darkseid's son, Orion. However, in secret, Highfather plans to betray Darkseid and the New Gods of Apokolips due to looking down on them as "a world of heathens and brutes". Sure enough, no sooner are Bekka and Orion wed does Highfather and his fellows draw weapons hidden away and begin slaughtering the New Gods of Apokolips. Highfather himself personally (and violently), murders Darkseid, and then Orion too when he tries to avenge his father. A distraught and heartbroken Bekka admonishes her grandfather for his act, but Highfather is unmoved, considering Orion to be just one more of Darkseid's spawn and thus deserving of death.

Consumed with deep hatred for her grandfather, Bekka angrily denounces him, strikes down Lightray, and then disappears into a Boom Tube, leaving her treacherous grandfather behind. Before she does so, Highfather gives her "one last chance" to reconsider leaving, implying that he will disown her if she does. It is unknown what happened to him afterwards, but as New Genesis ships were shown bombarding Apokolips in the background, it can be assumed that he either conquered or destroyed the planet. However, Wonder Woman does eventually decide to go back with Lex Luthor, presumably to confront Highfather and stop him.

Trivia

  • As already stated, Highfather is normally a hero and also based off of Moses, and Darkseid and his cronies villains. Here, the moral roles are reversed (or at the very least, Darkseid was willing to make peace). This is similar to DC's Earth-3, where heroes are villains, and villains are heroes.
  • His murder of Orion is an especially dark irony, as in mainstream continuity, Orion was raised by Highfather as a son and loved as such. 
  • The massacre of the New Gods of Apokolips is a reference to the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, which is perpetrated by Walder Frey, Roose Bolton and Tywin Lannister.
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