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The second trailer for [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) dropped last week, confirming some fan theories and debunking others. Boasting impressive new fight footage and dropping plenty of hints, the new Batman vs Superman trailer only fed fan hype for this highly anticipated movie. And for all it revealed, the trailer also raised a lot more questions.

Don't lie, I know you've watched it at least three times already! But why not check it out again? (You know you want to...)

Obviously, the big reveal that has everyone talking is Doomsday's impressive entrance into the DCEU. But what does this mean for the story? And it is too much of a spoiler to unveil in the trailer? This has already sparked much debate among fans, but as production designer Patrick Tatopoulous reveals, there's a lot more to Doomsday than you might expect...

Lex's Plan Of... Protection?

The first Dawn of Justice trailer featured a lot of Lex Luthor's pro-Earth, anti-superheroes rhetoric. This made it clear that Lex is positioning himself as Earth's protector, but it seemed as though this was just a facade, justifying his desire to take both Batman and Superman out.

Lex Luthor: master of reverse psychology.
Lex Luthor: master of reverse psychology.

Patrick Tatopoulous shed some light on this aim, and what it means for Doomsday, when talking to the French publication Premiere (thanks to Screencrush for the translation!)

"We are able to tell a story in a fresh way. Doomsday is an evolution essentially. Fans may be aware of the Death Of Superman story, but this is handled in such a new way. When the film is called Batman v or versus Superman, it really has a lot of levels to the meaning. Superman isn’t just killed off at the end of something. We see how he evolves as part of Lex’s plan to protect the world."

Wow, ok. There's so much to unpack here! The confirmation that Batman vs Superman is drawing from the Death Of Superman comic is pretty huge in and of itself. But it seems as though Lex is genuinely trying to protect the world by creating Doomsday.

Doomsday leaps into the fray.
Doomsday leaps into the fray.

Is Lex creating Doomsday to be the world's protector against alien invasion? Or does he think that by sticking Doomsday on Bats and Supes he'll be protecting Earth from the heroes? Tatopoulous's statements might imply that Lex is actually trying to create his own version of Superman, before something goes wrong...

"Seeing the Superman we know, be gone, and then replaced with this reproduction is really going to make fans think of how we look at these super beings. It was especially interesting to figure out, how would you create Superman from Zod… then how would that evolve into Doomsday."

There's no doubt that Doomsday exists as a sort of road-not-taken symbol, a cautionary tale of the monsters superheroes could become. But will he kill Superman? Tatopoulous mentions Superman being "gone" - does Doomsday kill Superman, or does Lex manage to kidnap Clark Kent so the world thinks he's dead?

Why is Superman kneeling before Lex?
Why is Superman kneeling before Lex?

Ah, the questions just never end. But one crucial fact has been confirmed...

Doomsday Isn't The Final Act!

The trailer definitely implied that the big concluding battle would be between Batman, Superman, Doomsday, and newcomer Wonder Woman. Some fans however, theorized that this was just a red herring, and a bigger threat was yet to be revealed. And they might be right!

"Doomsday isn’t just the final act. Those fans feeling they may know too much this early, are going to be in for a true surprise."

So who could this surprise villain be? Lex Luthor in a battle suit is a strong contender, but there's also that Darkseid hint we should consider...

Darkseid: epic villain of DC Comics
Darkseid: epic villain of DC Comics

In that pesky desert sequence, the new trailer featured some strange, winged flying creatures. Fans quickly pointed out their similarity to Darkseid's minion Parademons. Put this together with Tatopoulous's claim that the Doomsday fight isn't the final act, and it seems as though we might have a secret villain waiting on the sidelines.

What do you think of these revelations? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!

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