When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted in 2016, the film introduced an army of new characters into the DCEU. One notable villain was Doomsday, who had a backstory that seemed quite different from the one that comic book fans have become familiar with in the years since The Death of Superman hit shelves. That said, it looks like a new layer of complexity was just added to the DCEU Doomsday story, as Zack Snyder recently took to social media to confirm a fan theory that the Dawn of Justice Doomsday was not the real Doomsday. In his comment, Zack Snyder said:
Yes, the real Doomsday is out there still.
So while the Doomsday seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looked like Doomsday and was even referred to by name, Zack Snyder Vero comment has confirmed that this is not THE Doomsday. The character seen in the movie was derived from the DNA of Man of Steel's General Zod (Michael Shannon), and as such, he was merely a different iteration of the same ancient Kryptonian monster.
This adds an interesting element to the overarching Superman story in the DCEU, as it implies the possibility for a rematch at some point in a future Superman movie -- if that long-awaited Man of Steel sequel ever gets off of the ground, that is. Some fans voiced concern over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's handling of the showdown between The Last Son of Krypton and his brutish rival, so this would give the folks at DC another chance to get the story right. After all, Justice League ends with the implication that Henry Cavill's Superman is now far closer to the source material than ever before, so it would make sense to see him battle the "real Doomsday" in a more faithful battle at some point.
Of course, despite all of the exciting doors that Zack Snyder has just opened, we do need to remember that he has taken a fairly significant step back from the DCEU since stepping down as the Justice League director last year. He's currently in the process of developing a cinematic adaptation of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, and while he remains a producer on some DCEU projects like Wonder Woman 1984, his involvement in the overarching creative vision of the DC landscape has been reduced. With that in mind, we will have to wait and see if his ideas are incorporated into future stories.
We will bring you more information related to Superman, Doomsday, and the future of the DC Extended Universe as more details on this cinematic landscape becomes available to us. Until then, mark your calendars down for the December 21 theatrical debut of James Wan's Aquaman and stay tuned for more updates!