Since a live action Batman and Superman movie was first announced at the San Diego Comic Con in 2013, it seems the Internet hasn’t gone a day without rumors and speculations surrounding this monumental installment in the DC cinematic universe.
Starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters next March. While we’ve known for a while that this Zack Snyder film will use Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel as a primary source of inspiration, any concrete details about its plot remain a mystery.
Yet according to new reports, in addition to Justice League characters like Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) debuting in this movie, there’s another major character from the DC Comics roster we may see as well.
During a recent Batman podcast, insider Umberto Gonzalez said he got a firsthand look at the Superman villain Doomsday on the set of the film, and that we will definitely see this character in the movie.
Famous for his role in the 1992-1993 Death of Superman story arc, Doomsday is a demonic creature who brings about the Man of Steel’s demise. Of course Superman is later resurrected, but Doomsday did what no other Superman foe could: he killed the Kryptonian hero.
Rumors regarding Doomsday having a role in BvS have been circulating for several months now, but if Gonzalez’s statements are true, we will indeed see the raging monster alongside a host of other iconic characters from the DC universe next year.
The last time fans saw Doomsday outside the comics was in the 2007 animated movie Superman/Doomsday, which is pre-New 52. Gonzalez described the character’s role in this movie as the Darth Vader to Lex Luthor’s Tarkin in the original Star Wars. In other words, Doomsday will serve as a force to be reckoned with which Luthor will unleash.
While this does present the exciting possibility of an epic battle in which Batman and Superman face this monstrous foe, it also adds another layer to what already seems like an overstuffed plot. Especially since this movie is presumably set prior to the events of the Justice League movie (the first part which will arrive in 2017), I’m wondering how all these characters will be incorporated into this one film.
Reservations aside though, I am interested to see what Snyder and screenwriters David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel) and Chris Terrio (Argo) will have for us next year.
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