Here we will be unpacking details behind Doomsday’s appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you want to avoid spoilers beyond what you’ve seen in the trailers, come back after you’ve seen the film.

In 1992, DC Comics did the unthinkable. They killed Superman. It was an idea that was literally viewed as impossible. Superman’s invincibility was his stock in trade. The event sent shockwaves through the comic world into parts of the media not usually interested in comic books. It also helped the company sell a whole mess of comic books.

Ever since then, Warner Bros., whose parent company has owned DC since the 1960s, has wanted to turn this storyline into a movie. Starting in the mid-90’s and running all the way through to the present day, everybody from Tim Burton to Kevin Smith has tried to take a shot at turning the "Death of Superman" storyline into a film. Now, with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they’ve finally done it. Superman and Doomsday have had their moment of battle on the big screen. And it was the wrong move. Why? For a couple of reasons. Let me explain:

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The Death of Superman Was A Bad Plot
While The Death of Superman sold comics, that’s not the same thing as it being a good story. The arc was a gimmick that existed to sell comics to speculators in an era where this seemed to be the only reason to write books, and this was clear in the plot. There wasn’t one. An entirely new villain we’ve never heard of before shows up out of nowhere and reigns down destruction. That was it. Superman’s death could have meant something, but it didn’t. The death didn’t cause any other characters to grow or change. Everybody was just sad Superman was dead. There was never anything of value for the movie to use here. If they wanted to try and make Superman’s death valuable, that’s one thing, but following the script from the comic was never going to get them there.

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