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Batman V Superman’s Doomsday Initially Looked More Like the Comics

by  in Movie News Comment

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” endured a lot of criticism, for its grim tone, for its plot and for the design of Doomsday, a monstrosity created with Kryptonian technology that combined Lex Luthor’s blood with General Zod’s DNA. While Doomsday served the same purpose in the film as he did in the comic books — he killed Superman, at least temporarily — what audiences saw on the screen looked a lot different from the DC Comics source material.

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However, early concept art reveals the Doomsday of “Batman v Superman” initially more closely resembled his comic book counterpart.

Concept artist Jerad S. Marantz recently shared some illustrations be created for the Zack Snyder, some of which depict the creature with bony spikes on its head, shoulders and torso that will be familiar to readers of Superman comics.

“Here’s a very early Doomsday concept I did for Batman v Superman a couple of years back,” Marantz wrote. “I did several options for the character. It really was an honor working on such an amazing project with such an incredible team.”

Marantz has had a lengthy career as a concept artist and character designer, with credits that include “Avatar,” “Green Lantern,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its upcoming sequel.

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earned $873.3 million. The DC Extended Universe continues June 2 with director Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” followed in November by Snyder’s “Justice League.”


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