When the third trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived earlier this month, it gave fans their first look at the massive villain Doomsday, who had long been rumored as part of this massive superhero adventure. While many fans were upset that this trailer revealed too much, there is still much we don't know about how Doomsday fits into the story. The French magazine Premiere (courtesy of Cosmic Book News) managed to catch up with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, who revealed that Doomsday will evolve throughout Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"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. 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."
This essentially confirms a long-held rumor that Doomsday was created from the corpse of General Zod, which explains why we saw the deceased Zod in the last two trailers. In the comics, Doomsday killed Superman in the iconic Death of Superman story, and the production designer also seems to hint that Henry Cavill's Superman may be captured, before being "replaced" by a "reproduction." The most recent trailer hinted that Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) had arranged the first meeting between Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), which is seemingly all part of a grand master plan.
Patrick Tatopoulos also disagreed with the notion that too much is revealed in the latest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, hinting that the "timeframe of how things fall into place will surprise fans" and that "Doomsday isn't just the final act." The production designer also teased that there is a "larger threat at play," which ties into another early rumor. It is believed that Batman, Superman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman will all unite with the rest of the Justice League, upon learning of this larger threat, rumored to be Brainiac.
Brainiac will then go on to be the main villain in Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, which are set for release in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Of course, Brainiac's inclusion has yet to be confirmed, but we'll find out for sure when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016. What do you think about these new details? Stay tuned for more on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as we get closer and closer to its release.