Just as nerds worldwide went nuts over the second debut of the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer back on December 2, there are no less voices of concern: Did Snyder and gang revealed just a tad too much about the film? Particularly now the whole world knows that Raphael... nay Doomsday will be around, what more is there to be hyped about?
[Update as of 01/13/2016]: Sites like Geek.com and Latino-Review have stated that Bizarro will be in the film, while Latino-Review didn't give a quote as to who the information comes from, Geek.com said that it is from "a source close to production". Full quote from Geek.com as below:
A source close to production has assured Geek.com that Doomsday won’t be the only threat this pre-Justice League faces, they’ll also have to contend with Bizarro, the opposite-Superman.
It was not until nearly two days ago an article popped up in cosmicbooknews, detailing an "interview" with Patrick Tatopoulous, production designer of Batman vs Superman, by French magazine Première. According to the interview, Patrick Tatopoulous allegedly let loose a lot of spoiler-ific details about the Doomsday arch, namely:
- Doomsday is an evolution, essentially (uh huh, no surprise here)
- 'Death of Superman' story is handled in a new way (so Supes will eventually bite the dust? Not that any new or old way to die will make a difference though...)
- the curious character "v or versus" in the film's title carries a lot of levels to the meaning (and the meaning here is "versus", I presume? So by "a lot of levels", does it mean that Batman is versus-ing a lot of levels of Supes? Ahem...)
- Supes isn't just killed off at the end of something (wow, you mean he suffers things worse thank being killed off?)
- Supes "evolves" as part of Lex's plan to protect the world (Supes became Lex's sidekick?)
- The Superman we know will be "GONE" (wait what?) and will be replaced with a "reproduction" (so Lex can just randomly "reproduces" Supermen as if he has a superhero 3D printer?)
- And this one final part is most intriguing: Lex created Superman from Zod, and somehow it "involved" into Doomsday!
Now before your jaws drop (although I assume you, a nerd like me, should have already fixed your jaws back two days ago), the original cosmicbooknews article was updated with a tweeter feed from the Première, that the magazine actually never interviewed Patrick Tatopoulous:
So, take this story with a lot of salts if you wish, but I find the details given here are pretty valid. What can I do? I'm a hopeless theorist.
Now before you move further, the article below, though pure speculation speculated by some dude living his life speculating on the speculations, be warned that it MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS (nah...!) So if you won't want to continue, please visit Wikipedia for your viewing pleasures.
So here goes my wild guesses:
I. Doomsday is created from Zod!
This, though, is pretty obvious. If it wasn't directly a reanimated Zod, it should somehow be related to genetic informations from Zod. Then again, there might be clues supporting the hypothesis (okay, not theory) that Doomsday is, in fact, Zombie Zod (Superman characters tend to get double-initial names, such as Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Lana Lang, so I guess Zombie Zod is legit.) Take a look at Doomsday's facial feature below:
Also, when Michael Shannon so famously spoken about his flipper hands back in August, it could be a costume for Doomsday, since a random rumor (indeed, there are so many of such rumors that we need Kryptonian computer to keep track, so excuse me for not quoting its source, but you as a nerd, must've seen it somewhere) told of a fight between Wonder Woman and Doomsday, where Wondy severed Doomy's hand, only to have him grow a blade out of the wound. So, could the flipper prosthetic be a dummy tracker for the CGI blade later?
II. Bizarro is in the film!
Bizarro, in many of his incarnations, is associated with an origin story that involves Lex Luthor trying to clone Superman. In the recent New 52 incarnation, Lex even bonded quite a bit with this creation of his. So what if, in this latest DCEU offering, [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) actually features a Bizarro as Lex's muscle? Of course, the hypothesis (okay I used hypothesis a lot, but it actually means "speculation," I assume you all know right?) isn't new as there have been numerous writings in this site alone that detailed a Bizarro scenario.
However, what are the hints or clues that legitimates such a conjecture? My assumptions are:
- Method: Lex created Bizarro with certain connection to Supes' and Zod's DNA, and the help of the Genesis Chamber.
- Rationales: Bizarro was created for 1) smear campaigns against Superman, as well as 2) Lex's super henchman/bodyguard. Hey, it is rumored that Lex is dealing with a lot of super/metahuman experiments in Cadmus, so aside from the beautiful Mercy Graves and the rumored KGBeast, he should need more, uh, muscles, for reassurance, right?
- Supporting Clues: Earlier on one of the connecting dots of a Bizarro hypothesis is what Supes appears in the desert scene, where he looks awful lot like the version of tyranny Supes in Superman: The Red Son. However this "knightmare" sequence is now largely debunked by none other than Michael Wilkinson, the maestro behind Batman vs Superman costume design. But, there are other scenes when Bats was dealing with a version of Supes that looks suspiciously malicious:
Also this famous scene from first Batman vs Superman trailer (I'm kinda guessing that both Supes in these two pictures are from a same sequence):
This Supes sure doesn't look like someone that'll utter the words "Stay down, if I wanted it, you'd be dead already." He doesn't look hesitant one bit to incinerate poor old Bats with his super-charged heat vision.
Another set of supporting clues would be Supes' interaction with Lex Luthor:
Why did Supes bow to Lex? Why did he look all cool when Lex said "Man wouldn't kill god, but devil will do it"? If he is indeed the genuine Superman, doesn't this mean killing him? Mind control feels campy, so I tend not to assume DC would head down that road. How about Lex having a leverage like kidnapping Ma Kent? That could be, but might I suggest another explanation: This version of Supes is what we see blasting old Bats with his crazy heat vision -- Bizarro!
Finally, Bizarro's appearance also makes sense in a few more ways:
Firstly, this lends credential to the claim that the word "v or versus" in the movie title carries a few levels of meanings, where Batman actually fights at least two versions of Superman: The real one, the one that's going to spare him in his armored suit, and another pirated version created by Lex Luthor, originally intended for smearing campaign against Superman and serves as his super-powered henchman.
Secondly, this is pure speculation: What if the Superman who dies in Doomsday's hand, is Bizarro? Thus, the story line of "Doomsday kills Superman" stands, and handled "in a new way". How Bizarro dies, however, may not be heroic, but rather serves as a "benchmark" of how powerful Doomsday is, by showing how Doomsday kicked his bizarre ass in a whiz!
Now, speaking of the revelation of Doomsday in the trailer is spoiling the movie too much...
III. Doomsday is not the only bad guy in final act!
The fact that even if Patrick Tatopoulous claimed that Doomsday isn't "just" the final act, he did not necessarily mean that Doomsday is not featured in the final act. It can mean that Doomsday appears maybe before the final act, and his story stretches over a few arches, until finally culminating a final act. Also, with the leaking of a Lego box detailing Lex Luthor with his curiously green helicopter and the Trinity is going after him (with poor Lois hanging below the chopper), the final act mayhem might not be Doomsday alone.
We'll see how the news goes. In the mean time, sit back and relax, while fantasize on more crazy theories of the first extravaganza adventure of our favorite Superheroes!