Anticipation continues to build towards the March 2016 release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we’ve now gotten our best look yet at the second chapter in the DC cinematic universe. Ben Affleck was on hand to present the third full-length trailer for the film as it made its world debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in all its explosive glory.
While we’ll surely be dissecting every frame of footage over the coming weeks, the trailer will undoubtedly come to be known for its major reveal: DC’s Trinity will be squaring off in an all-out third act brawl with the villainous Doomsday.
We’ve been hearing rumors of Doomsday’s involvement in the film for months now, but it’s now seemingly been confirmed that Lex Luthor has somehow managed to transform the corpse of General Zod (Michael Shannon) into the bloodlusting monstrosity. While not explicitly named in the trailer, a side by side comparison leaves little doubt that Luthor’s Frankenstein monster is in fact the creature best known for killing the Man of Steel in the 1992 comic arc, “The Death of Superman”.
While some will argue that Warner Bros. is revealing a bit too much too soon by unveiling Doomsday nearly four months before Batman V Superman hits theaters, there’s no denying the fact that director Zack Snyder and co. have delivered an incredibly faithful depiction of the monster. From the character’s greyed skin tone to his rocky, battle-weary appearance, the film version of Doomsday appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of the comics.
Writer/artist Dan Jurgens created the hulking behemoth to act as a physical match for the Last Son of Krypton, and to this day, he remains the only foe to ever actually kill Superman. In the comics, the nigh-unstoppable killing machine is the result of decades of experiments by a mad alien scientist to create the perfect life form. The highly evolved yet essentially mindless Doomsday is killed and revived countless times – in order to rid him of any weaknesses – before he breaks free of his confinement and rampages across the universe, on his way to Earth. After a millennia-long hibernation, the creature awakens and heads to Metropolis, where he and Superman went toe-to-toe in a brutal battle that resulted in both of their deaths—neither of which were permanent, because comics.
Doomsday will have a slightly different origin story in Batman V Superman, of course, albeit with some clear comic parallels. Gathering from what we know so far (which is an awful lot, frankly), after Lex’s attempts to manipulate the Dark Knight into killing Superman fail, he obtains the body of the fallen Zod and manages to reanimate and mutate it into the super-powered Doomsday. Jesse Eisenberg’s “If man won’t kill god, the devil will do it,” line from the trailer makes that much very clear. The monster will then force an alliance between the former enemies—and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), don’t forget that shield-wielding badass—who will join forces to stop the destruction. The fact that the creature’s comic counterpart has never been shown to have heat vision aside, Doomsday’s live-action debut looks to be a faithful one, at the very least.
What do you think of Doomsday’s appearance? Does he too closely resemble the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk for your taste? Is Batman v Superman going full-on Terminator: Genysis on us, or did tonight’s trailer reveal just the right amount? Be sure to let your voice be heard in the comments below.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.