Earlier this month, the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted, and it officially unveiled the presence of one of Superman’s greatest villains. Batman v Superman designer Patrick Tatopoulos has gone on the record about the villain in question while confirming fan rumors about his origin in the film. Needless to say, there are SPOILERS AHEAD! You’ve been warned!
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Because the villain is Doomsday, the unstoppable alien brute who killed Superman in the comics.
But in Batman v Superman, Doomsday is born from the death of Superman’s first adversary in this world, General Zod (Michael Shannon).
“We see how [Doomsday] evolves as part of Lex’s plan to protect the world,” said Tatopoulos during an interview with French Premiere. “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 involve into Doomsday.”
However, Tatopoulos was quick to note that this won’t simply be an adaptation of the “Death of Superman” storyline that introduced Doomsday to the DC Universe.
“Doomsday is an evolution essentially… Fans may be aware of the ‘Death of Superman’ story, but this is handled in such a new way,” related Tatopoulos. “When the film is called Batman v Superman it really has a lot of levels to the meaning. Superman isn’t just killed off at the end of something.”
Tatopoulos also sought to allay fears that the most recent Batman v Superman trailer gave away too much about the film.
“The timeframe of how things fall into place will surprise fans,” said Tatopoulos. “Doomsday isn’t just the final act. Those feeling they may know too much this early are going to be in for a true surprise.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
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