So how do you do an darkseid episode without the man of steel; simple you invite batman along instead
there are many parraells/ references to justice league final episode: batman avoids the omegabeams, darkseids gigantic ship, boom tubes appearing everywhere; the world in peril.
there are several great things about this episode: we see Martian Manhunter in a small comedic role; Fire and Ice; Billy West as Skeets (again). Batman kicking ass against Darkseid; The Question kicking ass against Darkseid.
but the best thing about this episode is Darkseid himself. He is animated excellent; he speaks in excellent tones and there is a real threat of impending doom. No offence to Michael ironside in the DCAU, but I feel this Darkseid Version is portrayed in a much better way!