Why Batman V Superman Chose To Use Doomsday So Soon

The decision to premiere Doomsday in the latest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice was hugely divisive. Some fans believed that seeing the huge alien behemoth immediately increased anticipation. Others were adamant that it ruined the movie almost instantly, as it revealed way too much about Dawn Of Justice’s plot. But director Zack Snyder has now come out and explained exactly why the decision was made to unveil Doomsday, insisting that it’s all about the long game. 

Zack Snyder made this admission to The Daily Beast, insisting that by showcasing that Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman come together to fight Doomsday in Batman V Superman’s trailer they were actually hinting at the future of the entire DC Cinematic Universe.

To us it really made sense to give [Doomsday] to the audience now. I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.

Now, there are two ways to look at Zack Snyder’s comments. You might agree with everything that he says in the above. Even though it is called Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it’s always been plainly obvious that the two icons were going to join together by the end of the blockbuster. So what’s the point in hiding it? Plus Doomsday is unlikely to be the only “secret” DC character in Dawn Of Justice, and we can expect one if not all of Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or Shazam to appear too. Revealing Doomsday was meant as an appetizer.

Or, you could take the complete opposite view of Zack Snyder and declare that by already thinking ahead to the other instalments of the DC Cinematic Universe rather than simply focusing on Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice itself, the Man Of Steel sequel is already destined to fail. 

At the moment, it’s impossible to know if the above is true. It is a huge ask for Zack Snyder to not only emulate Man Of Steel, but to do so while juggling the introduction of a new incarnation of Batman and Lex Luthor, as well as then establishing the impending DC Cinematic Universe too. 

However, to write him off before Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has even been released is moronic. Snyder has proved with Watchman, 300, and Man Of Steel that he is adept at directing fast, energetic action, while with Oscar winning screenwriter Chris Terrio helping him BvS should be more balanced and have more depth than its predecessor.

Plus all the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice have so far been impressive in their scope, humor, and action. We’ll just have to wait and see if it can live up to this promise. And since Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice's release date of March 26, 2016, is only two months away, we don't have long left to ponder. 

Gregory Wakeman