‘Batman v. Superman’: ‘Doomsday Is An Evolution,’ ‘Death Of Superman’ Story Arc ‘Seemingly Dismissed’
An interview with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice production designer Patrick Tatopoulos provided some details on Doomsday, according to Comic Book Movies. This villain is well known in the comic books as having actually killed Superman.
The character was introduced in 1992 in Man of Steel #17. He even appeared as an incarnation of sorts in Smallville as a human paramedic named Davis Bloom that was a creation of General Zod and Faora. However, the comic book version of his origins entails how he was a “genetic engineering gone awry” according a Superman Wikia.
Batman v. Superman production technician Patrick Tatopoulos gave some information regarding the arch enemy Doomsday. With all the theories going around about this going the way of the “Death of Superman” story arc, it seems Tatopoulos was “dismissive” about it.
“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.”
This “evolution” that Tatopoulos is referring to could be a reference made to Lex Luthor’s acquisition of General Zod’s body and transforming it into the hideous creature.
When it comes to the title of the Superman story arc, Patrick says it has “a lot of levels to the meaning.” Instead of finding it analogous to the end of Superman, but more about the evolution of the overpowered Kryptonian when his involvement works into Lex’s plan of the world’s protection.
“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.”
It gets more interesting, Tatopoulos then teases in this interview, as reported by Comic Book Movie as follows.
“Doomsday isn’t just the final act.”
There are other formidable baddies in the world of DC Comics, and where he is going with this statement is purely speculation. It’s unclear what Tatopoulos is referring to, but it does talk about how if fans feel they know so much at such an early juncture, then they are in for a shocker in Snyder’s Dawn of Justice.
“Those feeling they may know too much this early, are going to be in for a true surprise.”
Speaking of evolving in Batman v. Superman, there have been multiple incarnations of the beast in the past. One was the original origin comic book story about a scientist who used a method where he would kill a newborn repeatedly, thus accelerating the evolution process. As morbid as it sounds, it does giving a chilling prelude to Doomsday’s final form of hatred and pain, according to Movie Pilot.
Theories abound via the movie site, and it talks about the shipment crate of what is likely the body of Superman’s Man of Steel adversary, Zod, with the acronym USAMRIID on it. So it looks like it’s in transport for whatever reason with Mercy Graves, played by Tao Okamoto, in escort. Comic book lore indicates she’s Lex Luthor’s bodyguard.
The last two letters in the USAMRIID stand for “Infectious Diseases,” and Movie Pilot theorized that the possible transformation of General Zod to Doomsday may wind up being triggered by a Kryptonian infectious disease. Does this sound likely to be the case? Could even Superman have a similar virus or infectious disease in him?
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Zack Snyder and is scheduled to debut on March 25, 2016.
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