When the most recent trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped, everyone pretty much lost their minds – in two distinct ways. While some people were thrilled to see more of a movie that will undoubtedly make history, others felt cheated because they assumed the trailer spoiled the movie. Batman and Superman meet, they fight, Lex Luthor unleashes Doomsday, the end. However, a new theory suggests the potential appearance of another major Superman foe: Bizarro.

This theory comes to us courtesy of the folks over at ComicBook.com; they theorize that the monster seen at the end of the Batman V Superman trailer feels more like Bizarro than Doomsday. There’s quite a bit of comic book lore and history that goes into this theory, but the basic bullet points are that many iterations of Bizarro revolve around him being a somewhat off-kilter genetic copy of General Zod’s DNA. By contrast, most versions of Doomsday involve him being a failed Kyrptonian experiment. Based on that alone it appears that Luthor’s meddling with Zod’s DNA in the trailer bears much more similarity to Bizarro’s origin story.

The theory also addressed the hard, somewhat bony appearance of the creature’s face and body. While Doomsday is known for having an incredibly sharp, bony outward appearance, some believe that these hard elements on the character are actually crystals that appear on the Bizarro clone as he begins to deteriorate in the comic books.

Does this mean that the monster we see in the trailer is literally Bizarro, or will even be called that at any point in the movie? We would say that’s unlikely. However, what we are saying is that the beast that the DC Trinity will face off with is neither wholly Doomsday, nor wholly Bizarro, but some sort of amalgamation of the two characters. Physically he looks like Doomsday, but in terms of raw abilities he could be more similar to Bizarro. This would also explain why the monster appears to fire a version of Superman’s heat vision from his mouth in the trailer, as Bizarro is known for having heat breathe in the source material.


Look, we know this article has been jam packed full of comic book lore and nitpicking of minor details. The basic argument that we – and the folks who came up with the theory – are making is that Warner Bros. are letting us believe that this monster is Doomsday, but it’s actually a bait and switch that will end up featuring many elements of Bizarro. At the end of the day this is all conjecture and we cannot confirm or deny any of these rumors. We will only truly know for sure the genuine nature of the monster when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

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