Early Concept Art for Doomsday in ‘Batman v Superman’ Revealed by Artist

It seems that Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC movie universe will go down in cinema history as the stuff of legends. Things that were never fully realized will always be talked about on the Internet for years to come, so long as WB continues to remain tight-lipped on it. The #SnyderCut seems to continuously loom heavy over the studio, with pressure from fans and media alike.

We’ve gotten so many photos, anecdotes, and concept art of what we were supposed to see but didn’t, due to studio tampering. While it’s interesting to see what could have been, I’m not so sure we really need all the details regarding something that will probably never happen. At this point, it just comes off as a waste of time and energy to constantly remind us of something we can’t have.

Regardless, Jerad Marantz, a concept artist who has worked on various comic book movies over the years, posted concept art in relation to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A movie that indeed had studio interference, but for the most part, we still saw a good portion of what Snyder intended. Therefore, we can’t really blame the studio on this one.

Marantz shows us an early design of Doomsday, the final baddie at the end of BvS. The Doomsday we saw was… not what fans were expecting and definitely not what fans wanted. His initial appearance was lambasted in the first trailer, leading to slight modifications in design throughout the movie, so we eventually saw a more familiar Doomsday. However, by that point, most of the damage had been done. BvS was not a crowd pleaser for most people.

“Born to destroy you. Your doomsday.”

Like I said, this was a movie that Snyder managed to realize on his own without as much interference as Justice League, so if this is the Doomsday you wanted, you can likely put more blame on Snyder for this.

It’s much closer to what I believe fans would have wanted, but not too distant from what we eventually got. I’d say this was a pretty good balance between the two. At the very least, it had a lot more of those bone protrusions, which were a bit more scarce in the theatrical version.

While I like it, it’s still not nearly as fearsome as the one from the comics, and I’m not sure why this is the case. Were they looking to simplify the design a bit to make it easier/cheaper to render? Or was it that they were too fixed on creating their own version that it just got out of hand?

What do you think of the concept art of Doomsday? Would you have preferred this version to the one we got, or was that one just fine? Let us know.




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Adam Poncharoensub is a blogger, movie critic, and Born-Again Batman fan. When he’s not chained to his desk writing, he likes to spend his days spreading the gospel of the Dark Knight in the treacherous suburbs of Miami or working under Dropping Loads Productions, where he co-hosts a comedy podcast and produces sketches.