One of the biggest controversies of Batman Vs Superman was the use of Doomsday. Earlier this week, I was watching the ultimate edition, when something bugged me. The AI in the Kryptonian ship says, “None would ever again give life to a deformity so hateful to sight in memory.” The words I am hung up on is “again”. This scene comes after Lex is taught about the knowledge inside the Kryptonian database. Both these scenes leave me with a question. Is there an older Doomsday?
So why do I have this question. In the comics, Doomsday was created by a scientist named Bertron. He wanted to create the ultimate lifeform. After killing the lifeform repeatedly, he lost control of it. The creation killed him and escaped the planet. Doomsday then went on a killing spree throughout the galaxy, almost bringing it to conflict with Darkseid. Eventually, he fought the Green Lanterns and the Guardians. The fight caused a tear in space where Doomsday was brought to a planet called Calaton. He was eventually defeated by an energy being called the Radiant. He was placed in a casket and set out into space.
Now they have confirmed that the creature in Batman Vs Superman is Doomsday, and I’m not trying to say that he wasn’t. In one of Doomsdays storylines, he was resurrected by Lex Luthor, with the help of Darkseid. In the comics, Superman was able to defeat that creation. At the end of the movie, Lex is shown with one of Darkseid’s generals, an alien known as Steppenwolf. It does indicate that there may be a connection between Luthor and Darkseid. With that connection, it is entirely possible that Steppenwolf helped Lex create this version of Doomsday.
Now let’s go back to the conversation that Lex Luthor had with the AI that controls the ship. The AI bot says that the research is forbidden by the Kryptonian Council. The AI bot used very specific words when talking about the experiment. It was as if the bot knew what Lex was going to create. It was as if someone had done the experiment before.
This brings me to the final point. How did Lex Luthor know that anything he was doing would result in a survivable creation? Let alone something strong enough to take on Superman. The only way that it would logically make sense is if the ship’s computers already knew about the experiments performed by Bertron. When you add in the laws that say you can’t do the research, the connection to Darkseid, and the fact that Doomsday is a tough S.O.B. to kill. I think that it is entirely possible for there to be another Doomsday in the DCCU.
If you think I missed something, feel free to leave a comment below.