Last Wednesday night on the Jimmy Kimmel Show the new trailer for the highly anticipated superhero match up, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, was revealed. The trailer reveals a whole lot from the film including a fight between the two titular heavyweights, Wonder Woman's reveal, and Jesse Eisenberg's weird, spastic take on Lex Luthor. The most shocking reveal however is towards the end of the trailer, which confirms rumors that Doomsday will indeed be included in the film.
Doomsday is one of the most notorious DC villains. In the comics, the alien juggernaut does what no one else can and finally kills the Man of Steel; And he does this not using kryptonite, but by simply beating Superman to death. With a reputation like that it's easy to see why fans are more than curious to see his introduction on the big screen. But is Batman v Superman really the right movie to introduce the character?
The focal point of the movie so far has been the conflict between Superman and Batman. No doubt this rift between the two heroes will take up the bulk of the film. Obviously Superman and Batman creates the Justice League in the future; so audiences shouldn't expect the two to be fighting after this movie. But adding Doomsday to a movie that's already bloated with characters could be a wasted potential. It's exactly what happened to Sam Rami's Spiderman 3. With the inclusion of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Lex Luthor, the movie already feels like it will have trouble keeping up.
With the importance of Doomsday's backstory, it feels like he is a type of villain that should have been saved for a solo Superman film. Granted, in the comic book story arc Doomsday wasn't the main antagonist, Lex Luthor was. But it feels as if Zach Snyder is just shoe-horning him in there, the way Venom was in Spiderman. And we all know how that turned out. Snyder also seems to be changing Doomsday's backstory, which can be viewed here. In the comics the supervillain is an unstoppable killing machine created through a series of cloning techniques. He eventually arrives on Earth to duke it out with the Man of Steel.
This backstory looks to be changed in the recent trailer, which makes it appear as if Luthor has a hand in creating the villain. Lex Luthor is revealed to be in possession of Zod's corpse, who was the antagonist in Man of Steel. One can assume that Luthor uses Zod's genes to create the monster that is Doomsday based of this information. Granted comic book characters have always had their backstories changed in movie form, but this is taking a few liberties. With everything going on Batman v Superman, it may have been a mistake to include Doomsday in an already bloated movie.
What do you think? Is Batman v Superman biting off more than it can chew by throwing in Doomsday?
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