ByKatie Granger, writer at
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

So the newest trailer for the long awaited [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) dropped earlier this month and revealed the next big bad of the DCEU, the Superman killing villain Doomsday.

The knee jerk reaction was to make fun of the character design for Doomsday (who has been described as "a piece of discarded Godzilla concept art mashed with a mutated Ninja Turtle") and that's perfectly understandable.

But then again there's nothing saying that the DCEU Doomsday has to remain accurate to the original (who, lets be honest, has had some pretty silly looking incarnations anyway). His origins for one thing have already deviated vastly from the comic mythology, appearing more as a mishmash of various different iterations of the villain.

The Original Doomsday

First appearing in Superman: The Man of Steel #17 back in 1992, Doomsday was created by writer/artist Dan Jurgens in order to serve as an antithesis for Superman - a creature strong and deadly enough to pose a real threat to the overpowered hero.

The Death of Superman
The Death of Superman

Originally born from an almost literal hell upon Planet Krypton, Doomsday is a monster of pure hate and pain (which is apt as Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor refers to him as "the devil" in the trailer). First known as the Ultimate, he was created by an alien scientist from a genetic process which basically involved killing a newborn baby over and over again (yeah, it's dark) in order to accelerate an evolution, creating the ultimate indestructible being.

We've seen many different iterations of Doomsday in the comics and animated films, and the Batman vs Superman version is set to bring another version to the big screen with yet another backstory.

The DCEU's Doomsday

Michelangelo, is that you?
Michelangelo, is that you?

It's not yet clear exactly the scope of Doomday's powers in Batman vs Superman, but in the comics he had super strength, speed, regeneration, super-scaly impenetrable skin and even the ability to resurrect himself. Neat for him, not so much for the Justice League three facing him in Batman vs Superman.

In the trailer we find out what role Michael Shannon's General Zod has to play in all this and no, he won't have flipper hands. We see Lex Luthor receiving the body of General Zod, looking pretty good all things considered (apart from the small part of him being dead and all).

Mercy Graves (Tao Okamoto) is there too, alongside some army guys wheeling in a big metal box with USAMRIID printed on the side. This stands for United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the US Army's biological warfare defence research facility.

What's in the box? Likely it's the body of Zod himself, given the size and shape of the coffin like container.

So it's made pretty obvious that the body of Zod has something to do with the creation of Doomsday. It's still to be seen whether or not Doomsday is Zod himself resurrected or merely a creature created from his DNA, though the latter seems more likely.

The fact that his body comes from the USAMRIID means that Doomsday could potentially be created from a Kryptonian viral strain or the like contained within the body of Zod. Could this be something which Superman (Henry Cavill) himself also possess with his body? It would certainly lend itself to the concept of Supes as dangerous to humanity.

Other Doomsday Related Origins

This isn't the first time that Zod has had his villainous imprints upon the creation of Doomsday though. In Smallville Doomsday / Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) is created from the DNA of the most dangerous Kryptonian creatures as well as fused with the genetic imprints of both Zod and his wife Faora, so in some sense Doomsday is Zod's son in this iteration.

Ah yes I can see the resemblance
Ah yes I can see the resemblance

And in the animated film Superman: Doomsday he's unearthed by Lex Corp from deep below the earth. After rampaging around for a while Doomsday is defeated by Superman, killing the Man of Steel in the process (as in the Death of Superman comic book story arc). This leads Lex to cloning an "evil" version of Superman, a narrative that Batman vs Superman does ring of a little.

We've already seen parallels between Batman vs Superman and Superman: Doomsday in previous trailers too. Doomsday opens with a voiceover monologue from Lex (James Marsters) describing Superman as a god, but a god that must die someday.

"Just look at him. So sleek. So powerful. So... beautiful, like some great golden god made flesh. Of course, any sensible god would demand absolute obedience in return for his favor. But, no, our Man of Steel protects us, with no strings attached. The people? Hmph. They practically worship him anyway. Enjoy your reign while you may, Superman. For surely as night follows day, there comes a time when even gods must die."
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor (Jr) in BvS
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor (Jr) in BvS

In the Batman vs Superman trailers Lex also refers to Superman as a god.

"Black and blue, god vs man, day vs night!"
"If man won't kill god, the devil will do it!"

And of course there's the already iconic "False God" spray painted onto the statue of Supes that we saw in the first trailer, so there's definitely parallels there, even if only thematically.

Whilst we'll have to wait until March to find out exactly what's going on with Doomsday in relation to Zod, Superman and Lex, it's looking pretty likely that writers David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio have taken different elements from various versions of Doomsday's backstory and blended them all together to give birth to Lex's Frankenstein like creation that we're going to see in Batman vs Superman.

One thing is for certain though, regardless of what you feel about the way he looks Doomsday is certain to pose a major threat to the Man of Steel when he arrives (even if there's another bigger bad being teased to come after him).

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice releases in the US on March 25th 2016.


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