After the civil war in Lex's Legion between Tina Greer and Mikail Mxyzptlk, Mxyzptlk was forced into hiding. Eventually he was able to build up his forces again, and he was also able to plant spies within the Legion and the Justice League.

Mxyzptlk learned that the League was planning to attack a Luthorcorp installation which housed a weapon that could be used to kill a Green Lantern in orbit. He also learned that the League would fail, even with help from Kyle Tippet and Chloe Sullivan, both of whom had all of Clark Kent's powers.

Mxyzptlk sighed. Although his forces were sizeable, he was still no match for the Legion. He had counted on the Justice League to weaken the Legion enough so that he could finish them off by himself.

Mxyzptlk decided that if he couldn't have victory he would settle for revenge. He planned an attack on a separate facility that housed the installation's force field generator. He spread the news to his allies--former members of Lex Luthor's Legion who were called the Promethea.

The Promethea were powerful, god-like beings who at some point fell out of favor with Lex Luthor. They lived as rogues on the edge of society. Some waited in the shadows, biding their time until Lex was at his weakest, when they would again be gods among men. A few would aid the Justice League from time to time.

Together with Mxyzptlk they planned and trained over the years for the time when they would finally defeat Lex Luthor, but that moment never came. Instead, Mxyzptlk asked them to set out one final act of defiance.

The god-like Promethea, who had grown tired of fighting and only wanted to live normal lives, were furious at his request. Mxyzptlk tried to calm them. He told them of his plan to secure the help of
Jeremy Creek, a monk from Mexico who was rumored to be one of the most powerful metahumans on the planet.

The Promethea nearly killed Mxyzptlk, but then one of them spoke out in support. His name was George. He held a poisonous snake in his hands. It was his pet.

George told the Promethea how he visited
Jeremy Creek's monastery in the town of Texcoco de Mora, Mexico, years before. He told them how he walked through Jeremy's field, and spoke to his own son who had been killed by a powerful being known as Mordru. Mordru was part of an elite group within the Legion of Doom called the Lords of Chaos. His son was nothing more than a ghost. He warned them that they were not gods, and that if they didn't work with Jeremy Creek to stop the Lords of Chaos they would all be ghosts.
(Actors, from left to right: Trent Ford as Mikail Mxyzptlk, Lance Henriksen, Christopher Walken, Cate Blanchett, Samuel L. Jackson)