When Warner Brothers premiered the full-length trailer for ‘Batman V Superman’, the biggest reveal was that of Doomsday, the CGI villain based on Michael Shannon’s General Zod, the major villain in ‘Man of Steel’. Sure, it had been rumored for months that Shannon would be playing the creature that, in the comics, murdered Superman.
Then came word that despite his incredible strength, Doomsday wasn’t the main baddie in the film. But Doomsday’s doomsday may not be in ‘Batman V Superman’. This lumbering powerhouse may have a greater future in Warner Brother’s unfolding DC Expanded Universe.
‘BVS’ director Zack Snyder was predictably evasive but did offer some hints that viewers may not see all there is to see of Doomsday come March when the film arrives and also teased the fledgling DCEU.
“I know what’s in the movie, so I know there’s other stuff. [laughs] We had a long conversation about just taking ownership of that, of giving it to the audience in a controlled way that I felt was consistent with the escalation of the campaign… Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored. To us it really made sense to give [Doomsday] to the audience now. I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.
“It is constantly evolving, but we’re starting to get a handle on where we’re going with the world. That’s fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don’t have to make up as much. The rules can be the rules, and the movie can exist in a closed universe… it allows us to tie things together. If there’s a movie over here doing this, and we’re over here doing this, now we’re all on the same page.
“It allows for a coherent universe, which is important. I think that makes the experience a little more satisfying because we know where we’re going, so the misdirects can be stronger and the reveals can be bigger.”
It’s not clear how large a role Doomsday will play in the upcoming movies, but clearly Snyder and Warner Brothers have a lot planned for this superhero franchise.
In the comics, Doomsday tore through a version of the Justice League, critically injuring some of them, before his fateful clash with Superman, which seemingly resulted in both their deaths. Could this confrontation possibly take place on film?
What do you think? How should Doomsday factor into the DC Expended Universe?
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Jesse Eisenberg hits theaters on March 25, 2016.