BySourindra Chakraborty, writer at

Before I begin, I think it's safe to assume that most of you who are reading this have watched the recently released Comic-Con trailer for [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). For those who haven't watched it yet (if you truly haven't, then you were probably living in a cave until now), here's the video:

Watched it? Loved every bit of it? Good. Let's get down to business now.

Now, ever since the main cast for BvS was announced, there were rumors from several sources that, although nothing was officially revealed to the public, there will be another villain who will primarily be a threat to Superman and who would also be the main reason that Superman joins forces with Wonder Woman and Batman.

A couple of months earlier, rumors started flying again and this time, sources stated that the classic Superman villain Doomsday will be the primary antagonist alongside Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor and also that General Zod will have something to do with it. Although initially dismissed by many as nonsense, we do have bits of evidence to support that theory, now that the trailer has been released.

Let's go into origin story mode now, shall we?

In the comics, Doomsday made his first appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel #17 (November 1992). Originally known as "The Ultimate", Doomsday was born in prehistoric times on the planet Krypton, long before the humanoid Kryptonian race gained dominance on the planet. Back then, it was a violent and cruel world where only the strongest of creatures could survive. In an experiment involving evolution, scientist Bertron released an infant Doomsday onto the surface of the planet intending to create a "perfect living being". After being released, Doomsday was promptly killed by the harsh environment. The baby's remains were collected and used to clone a stronger version. This process was repeated over and over for decades as a form of accelerated natural evolution. The pain and agony of these repeated deaths was recorded in his genes, driving Doomsday to hate all life.

As he evolved, Doomsday eventually became able to survive the high temperatures and searing atmosphere, only to be quickly killed by the vicious predators that inhabited the planet. Over time, and without the assistance of Bertron's technology, he gained the ability to thrive on solar energy without the need for food or air, to return to life and to adapt in order to overcome whatever had previously killed him. Doomsday began to hunt and terminate the dangerous predators of Krypton. He then killed Bertron himself, whom he had come to identify as an enemy. Later, Doomsday escaped via a ship that regularly arrived to deliver supplies to Bertron and went on a killing spree across several planets. This killing spree led him to contact with several well-known characters of the DC Universe, including Darkseid and the Green Lantern Corps.

Eventually, he landed on Earth, where the force of his ship's impact had driven him deep underground. After smashing his way out, Doomsday went on a rampage through Midwestern America, where he first encountered the Justice League. He defeated the entire League in a matter of minutes, and the only person who was able to initially defend herself was Maxima. Doomsday gained his name when Booster Gold said that his vicious rampage resembled "the coming of Doomsday". But the most remarkable thing was that he did all of this while having one of his arms tied behind his back, due to an ancient burial ritual of the planet Calaton, where he was seemingly killed and where his body was shackled to prevent his spirit from escaping into the afterlife.

During his rampage, Doomsday's interest was captured by billboards and TV spots advertising violent wrestling competitions held in Metropolis, which appealed to his blood lust and enticed the otherwise mindless creature to head towards the city. Superman's confrontation of Doomsday led to a titanic fight, leading Superman to conclude that Doomsday would continue to attack relentlessly and endlessly, with no fear or compassion. Matters came to a head when both Superman and Doomsday beat each other to death in front of the Daily Planet building. Of course, none of them actually died, but to this day, Doomsday remains Superman's most successful villain, because Doomsday is the only one to have "killed" Superman.

So getting back to BvS, I'm pretty certain that if Doomsday does appear in the film, his origin will be completely changed in order to fit in with the film's grounded tone. For our first piece of evidence, you will notice that in the trailer, around the 1:58 mark, someone opens a body bag containing Zod's body. The presence of Zod's body in the film plays according to recent rumors which stated that Luthor would fuse kryptonite and Zod's DNA to create the DC Cinematic Universe's version of Doomsday. And we already know that Luthor will discover Superman's weakness to kryptonite in the film.

The second clue is the beam of heat vision trying to burn Batman at the 2:56-2:57 mark. I know that this is what you're probably thinking: "What the hell?? Superman has heat vision too, dumbass!" But still, hear me out. We've seen Superman use this power previously in Man of Steel, and even in this trailer. The reason that this indicates the presence of Doomsday is because the width, the energy and the brightness of the beam is significantly more than what we have seen Superman produce from his eyes. And also, Superman isn't a villain and he definitely wouldn't have attacked Batman like that while he wasn't wearing his armor. So it might be worth thinking about.

So, do you guys think Doomsday could make an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Do leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


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