Nowadays the world laments the death of Superman and feels the fear of the people, Steppenwolf and his Paradeons return to Earth to try to recover some ancient boxes, kidnapping a few employees from S.T.A.R. what is in the possession of such a box. After investigating kidnappings and encountering a Parademon himself, Bruce Wayne (Batman) decides to continue his recruitment plan to build the meta-team he has hoped for, being convinced that an invasion of the planet is imminent.
Steppenwolf manages to retrieve a box from Themyscira, which makes Regina Hippolyta warn her daughter, Diana Prince (The Fantatic Woman). Diana joins Wayne’s group and informs him about Steppenwolf and the boxes for what he wants. The two are unsuccessfully trying to recruit Arthur Curry (Aquaman) and Victor Stone (Cyborg) in their group, but they manage to do that with Barry Allen (The Flash).
Stone joins later, however, after his father falls prey to the kidnappers, and Steppenwolf attacks Atlantis to recover the second box. The team receives precious information from James Gordon that Paramedics are traveling underground and concludes that Steppenwolf’s army is grouped into an abandoned unit. Although the group manages to save the kidnapped employees, the unit is flooded during the battle, and the whole team becomes captive there until Curry makes his appearance and rescues them, deciding to join the group as a result of Steppenwolf’s attack on Atlantis.