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We've still got a long time to wait until the hotly anticipated [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill churning out constant updates and plot hints. Theories and speculation mingle with truth, so it's easy to lose track of what's been confirmed and what hasn't. But recently Zack Snyder has stepped into clamp down on those rumours, and other official sources along with merchandise have proved some speculation to be true. So which theory was right?

Doomsday Debunked

Fans of the gargantuan villain were disappointed to learn that this particular theory (or hope) was debunked by a 3D animator who worked on Batman vs Superman.

No Doomsday for BvS
No Doomsday for BvS

This comes on the heels of the Zod-as-Doomsday debunking: a popular theory that was only exacerbated by Michael Shannon's involvement in Batman vs Superman, the idea that Lex Luthor would resurrect Zod and turn him into Doomsday was shot down by Shannon himself.

"It’s the same thing in the first one with Jor-El, Russell Crowe’s character, is kind of like a ghost. So I guess I’m a ghost... kind of."

Considering Shannon's previous red herring of a flipper-handed Zod (um), it's difficult to trust anything he says. But a ghost Zod certainly makes sense. As far as Doomsday's non-appearance is concerned, this comes to us from one of the 3D animators who worked on Batman vs Superman. After his project was over, he celebrated its completion on Instagram, and accidentally let a vital plot point slip in the comments...

Commenter: "Nice! So did you create the model for Doomsday??"
Animator: "Hahaha lol unfortunately he’s not in the film, maybe in the man of steel squel or justice league film who knows"

Oops! And this doesn't seem to have boded well for the poor guy: his Instagram now seems to have been deleted completely. Yeesh. To be honest, I'm disappointed that we won't see Doomsday in Batman vs Superman, if only because that means this epic scene from the game Infinite Crisis won't be repeated...

Shame. So which lucky fan theory made the canon cut?

Knightmare Bat

Yes, the dream sequence is confirmed, and with a dreadful pun too. The Batman vs Superman marketing team seem to have taken a leaf out of Star Wars' book to deliver vital plot hints via action figures. The dream sequence theory was sparked by some scenes in the trailer that didn't seem to directly follow the rest of the plot. This would be the desert scene: Batman seems pursued by Superman's soldiers and the scene ends with him surrounded.

To be honest, it makes sense that this is Bruce's paranoid imagination. It's hard to believe any (good) version of Superman would have a dedicated and ruthless army that worship him, and definitely not the Superman of a world that is clearly biased against him after the events of Man Of Steel. But how do we know for sure that this isn't real? Well, thanks to this action figure unveiled at NYCC...

Knight Bat strikes again
Knight Bat strikes again

Congratulations to everyone who supported this particular theory! Looks like you were right. Probably. This is hardly concrete evidence of the dream sequence, but the implications of that pun are hard to deny. And again, the situation doesn't really seem in keeping with a story that hinges on public backlash to Superman, but does line up exactly with Batman's concerns that the man of steel himself might become too powerful to be controlled.

Snyder Brushes Off Dark Knight Returns

Finally, any theories that stick closely to the Dark Knight Returns comic have also been disproved by the director himself, Zack Snyder. Recently Snyder clarified that Batman vs Superman will not be a direct adaptation of Dark Knight Returns, and nor will it contain major plot points from the book, as the comic was just an inspiration for Batman's character.

Interviewer: "Does Batman vs Superman takes inspiration from Dark Knight Returns?"
Snyder: "Only in that because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do. But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning."

This unravels many a Batman vs Superman theory, and it's probably Snyder trying to cast more of the plot into doubt: after all, it wouldn't be good if the audience knew exactly what to expect!

So there you have it folks, those are the theories you shouldn't believe, and the one you should. But there are always more where that came from! Do you have a BvS theory? Tell us in the comments!

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