Hello. It’s great to be finally writing for Moviepilot. I hope that this fine community will respect my opinions and thoughts on the film industry. A bit about me; I love Batman. And I love Man of Steel, it’s one of my favorite films. So it’s safe to say that I am stoked about Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and what the future holds for the DC Film Universe. However, amid recent rumors about the film, there is one that concerns me. The word is that Doomsday will be making an appearance, though there is no official confirmation yet, and the rumor does not state whether he kills Superman. I must rephrase the title of my article; Doomsday SHOULD be in Batman vs Superman. However, he should NOT play a major role. Allow me to explain.
The Film is Already Cluttered With Characters
One of the major criticisms of [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) was that it was overloaded with characters, no doubt an attempt by Sony to begin an expansive film universe. The recent castings of major Justice League characters in Batman vs Superman seem to relay a similar tactic. We already know Gal Gadot is set to appear as Wonder Woman, completing the trinity. Also set to appear are Cyborg, [Aquaman](movie:264237), and possibly Flash in small cameos. Add that to the main cast of Superman, Batman, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor, and you have the massive task of including these characters and still making them interesting. Adding Doomsday, one of the most formidable characters in the comic world, is too much. There is no time for all of these characters to receive adequate development, taking into account their role in the story of course, and still have a fight that kills off Superman. Well, what if he wasn’t to kill off Superman? What if he was simply an obstacle, and continued as a foe into the Justice League as some people suggest? That brings up another issue.
It took the writers of Superman 54 years to kill off the beloved character. Such a feat required the most powerful monster to battle the Blue Boy Scout. Enter Doomsday. Doomsday’s sole original purpose was to kill Superman-and that is a purpose that should be respected today. Think back to the actions sequences in Man of Steel. Whether you enjoyed them or not, you have to give credit where credit is due and admit that they are impressive. Now imagine those effects and that level of destruction translated into a battle between Henry Cavill’s Superman and a full CGI-motion capture Doomsday. And think of how great a film that would be, if done correctly (such as in the 2007 animated film Superman: Doomsday). If Doomsday is in a Superman movie and does not kill him, well then his purpose has been wasted. Well then kill him, you say. Kill off Superman in Batman vs Superman and resurrect him for the Justice League. That presents a major issue: it's too early to kill him off. There are two main reasons.
He Needs to Grow as a Character
This film will only be Henry Cavill’s second outing as the Man of Steel. He is set to play the character in both Justice League films and a second solo Superman movie along the way. He has much time to grow and develop as a character before he is killed. We have only had one movie to get to know him as a character-critics of [Man of Steel](movie:15593)’s character development will even say that we still do not know him as a character. How are we expected to grow closer to this man on screen if he is killed off in only his second movie? Undoubtedly, he will have to be resurrected by the end of Batman vs Superman or the beginning of Justice League Part 1. Well, this is a problem.
Resurrecting Him Now Lowers the Stakes
A very common criticism of Superman’s character (one I am guilty of supporting) is that he is too overpowered. A big reason why Batman is such an interesting character to watch is that he is a mere human, and is therefore in constant danger. However, Superman is invulnerable on Earth unless he is affected by Kryptonite. Therefore, to solve the problem, he is put up against characters that test his mental strength (such as Brainiac) and more often his physical strength, such as Darkseid and Doomsday. These foes make Superman more interesting because we are not sure how he will escape the conflict, and fights against Darkseid and Doomsday, where Superman is not guaranteed to survive, raise the stakes to the point where we are kept at the edge of our seats. Now, with 2 Justice League films in the works, it is fairly safe to assume that Darkseid will be the man villain in one of those films (the second one, in my opinion). Now, if Superman were to be resurrected now, before battling Darkseid, it would greatly lower the stakes. Why? It’s simple: if Superman can come back from the dead, what’s the danger presented to him? He’s conquered death, what’s to say he can’t do it again if Darkseid were to kill him? Keep Superman alive until after he battles more villains. Keep the stakes high.
So How Can Doomsday Be in Batman vs Superman?
I still support Doomsday being in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870). However, he should only be teased. In the comics, it took several months before Doomsday actually fought Superman. At the end of each issue, he would be shown punching his body containment cell. With each issue the restraints would become visibly weaker, until finally he broke free. Now the rumor is that Doomsday will be created by Lex Luthor from General Zod’s corpse. I highly support this theory, and I think it would be fantastic to build up Doomsday’s appearance with each passing film, such as with what Marvel is doing with Thanos in the MCU. This builds up the hype and suspense, until finally, in a standalone Superman movie after both Justice League films, Doomsday is brought to life and fights Superman to the death. At this point, given Henry Cavill’s contract and Warner Bro’s plans for the future, it will be an open decision whether to actually kill off Superman or resurrect him in the end. Regardless of what happens then, I believe it should be the destination of a journey that can certainly begin in Batman vs Superman, but that should continue for several films.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my thoughts on this issue. If you have any thoughts, agree or disagree, please respectfully comment down below. Thanks, and have a great day.