Zack Snyder To Explore ‘Mythology’ of Doomsday in ‘Batman V Superman’

By January 12, 2016

Well, I guess we can finally confirm that Doomsday is, in fact, the monster seen in the final seconds of the latest Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice’ trailer. This might get under the skin of most fans out there who compared the look to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/Marvel’s Abomination but it doesn’t change the fact that, now officially, Doomsday is here and director Zack Snyder wants to talk about it.

Batman-V-Superman-Movie-Doomsday-TrailerFrom an interview with The Daily Beast (with a major hat-tip to Collider for transcribing the details) Zack Snyder opened up on the mythology of Doomsday and discussed the chance that he’s shown too much from the trailer.

For me, when I first saw the beast, Doomsday, I wasn’t immediately turned off by his look. Since, I’ve sort of cooled on the look and do see it as pretty “standard.” Yes indeed, Doomsday appears to be a mix between a TMNT and the Abomination. Would it have been a more powerful experience to go in blind, not knowing whether or not the rumors of Doomsday being in the movie as true? Hell, yes. But no matter. Water under the bridge.

The question now has been posed to Snyder; have they shown too much?

“I know what’s in the movie, so I know there’s other stuff,” Snyder laughed. “We had a long conversation about just taking ownership of that, of giving it to the audience in a controlled way that I felt was consistent with the escalation of the campaign.”

So it was planned, thought about, and then, executed per the plan. That’s fine.

He continues:

“Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored.

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.”

That bigger world? The DCU and all of its heroes, villains and other assorted people that exist in the “shared universe.” This is, of course, the jumping off point for Justice League and in order to do that, A LOT of setup needs to be done. Using Doomsday, at least for me, shows us that DC and WB and Snyder are mining the best of their canon. Doomsday is, arguably, the most popular of Superman villains – probably because he was the guy who killed Superman. But what about the rest of the universe?

“It is constantly evolving, but we’re starting to get a handle on where we’re going with the world,” he said. “That’s fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don’t have to make up as much. The rules can be the rules, and the movie can exist in a closed universe… it allows us to tie things together. If there’s a movie over here doing this, and we’re over here doing this, now we’re all on the same page.

“It allows for a coherent universe, which is important,” he added. “I think that makes the experience a little more satisfying because we know where we’re going, so the misdirects can be stronger and the reveals can be bigger.” 

I hope so. I want to know that they are not following the current trend in marketing to show us EVERYTHING! I want to be surprised, I want red herrings and misdirects. I want Batman V Superman to be good! I was so upset that they were rushing right past a Man of Steel 2 in order to create their shared universe. Adding in Batman and then Wonder Woman, to me, suggested a race to catch up with Marvel and I don’t think that is the best strategy.

But seriously, I’m concerned with B V S. Why? Because, even now with this confirmation of Doomsday, they have A LOT to set up, not just with Doomsday. They also have Batman, Wonder Woman; their alter egos, Lex Luthor and, apparently, cameos from the rest of the JLA. That’s a lot. And I didn’t even touch on Superman/Clark Kent. He was the most important for me because, on record, I said I dug the mythology created by Snyder in Man of Steel. But I needed more. Instead of taking their time, DC/WB went right to their bag of tricks introducing Batman. And that worries me just a smidge.

One thing going for it however, and in my opinion, is writer Chris Terrio (Argo). He’s a talented guy and I think that’s why Snyder and company hired him:

“The great thing about having Chris Terrio as the writer of this project is it’s hard to get him not to do that. It’s in his DNA,” he said. “When we talk about it in mythological terms we’re always talking about, what does it mean to the world? What does it mean mythologically to us, now? What is the why of all of it?

“Those conversations are a big part of the genesis of all of the ideas,” he continued. “It also offers an opportunity because you have now a variety of perspectives on a single issue. That allows the conversation to be bolder and more lively in the debate, because of these varied points of view.”

I’m glad for the many points of view – they’re in the midst of a juggling act for sure. Still, it doesn’t change my opinion. This is a tall order introducing all these heroes in one single movie; I hope they do it… justice. (Awful, pun).

Anyways, doesn’t change the excitement I have for seeing the holy trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in action. Just… Please be good.

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice will be released March 25th 2016.

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