When it comes to upcoming comic book movies, there is often an eternal struggle that fans have to face. That being the urge to know every little thing there is to know about an upcoming or current production vs the desire to keep oneself distant of spoilers. More often than not, curiosity wins out. Resisting the urge to know what Hollywood talent and creatives are doing with long standing beloved characters is quite frankly futile. Insatiable fans (and of course us bloggers) pick up quotes, rumors, unofficial set photos, leaked footage and everything in between. Stringing it all together and letting speculation take hold. All for the purpose of prejudging an unfinished product of course. Some fans will cheer while others will rage. But hey, that’s all in the fun in reading (an in my case writing) about comic book movies.
So, today’s hot rumor comes from an extra on the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice who claims to know how Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor plays into the story. If true, these are some pretty big spoilers. Read on if you dare.
Believing anything a extra on a film set has to say, is like hearing a story retold from your fathers brothers cousins former roommate. So take this with a grain of salt. But like to hear it, here it go. Originating on Geek Tyrant where an extra gave them some information about the film:
According to the extra, the ending of the film has already been filmed. One of the scenes shot featured Batman breaking into Lexcorp to steal kryptonite, and apparently Lexcorp had somehow gotten ahold of General Zod’s body.
We dunno what happened to Zod’s body after Superman (did a very un-Superman thing) snapped his neck, killing him. Unless Superman threw Zod and his Kryptonian goons into the Sun off screen or something, it stands to reason the Government would have assumed the remains (for SCIENCE!).
Perhaps Lexcorp in this version is a government funded research facility? I’m reminded of the Justice League Unlimited Animated Series in which Lex Luthor partners with the Government and formed “Project Cadmus”. In the series, Cadmus is a government project designed to take precautions and be humanities last hope against metahumans.
The timeframe of Batman v Superman is said to pick up in the aftermath of Superman’s battle with Zod. So it would be a logical way of introducing Lex.
Perhaps (and this is complete speculation on my part) Lex is hired to research and find the means in which to stop Superman, which as we know from Man of Steel, the government does not like or at least trust very much. Lex abides, but being the evil power hungry ego maniac he is, has more sinister intentions.
Our friends at Badass Digest add to this extra’s quote and assert big implications on what Lex’s real motives are, saying:
I can confirm this. Lex has been gathering pieces and debris from the World Engine and he has used them to synthesize Kryptonite. Meanwhile he has also gotten ahold of Zod’s corpse, and it is the key to his master plan to defeat Superman. He uses that tissue to… well, that would be spoiling. But Superman hasn’t been defeated many times in the past. You can probably connect the dots from here.
For those of you who can’t quite connect the dots, they’re talking about Doomsday. In the comics Doomsday is a deadly monster born from the depths of ancient Krypton His creation imbued him with few feelings, mostly hate and destruction which led to his destroying worlds and eventually finding Earth where he meets Superman. The character is best known as Superman’s murderer in the 1992 storyline, “The Death of Superman”. (Thanks Wikipedia)
Personally, I really can’t see Doomsday having a part in Batman v Superman, which is already over bloated with characters. Doomsday killing Superman is big pin point in Supe’s comic lore. It’s too big of an event to grace over. On the other hand, Doomsday really isn’t all that interesting. The Death of Superman was a long, uninspired way to sell some comics. That, and the Doomsday character has had various backstories and versions in other media.
Going back to the Justice League Animated Series, The episode “The Doomsday Sanction” revealed that Doomsday was actually an altered clone of Superman genetically engineered by Project Cadmus to be Superman’s superior and indoctrinated into hating him. So again, maybe Zack Snyder and crew are making an amalgamation from other mediums.
Could Doomsday (or even an army of Doomsday) turn out to be a botched government stopgap? The catalyst for bringing Batman, Wonder Woman and other heroes to set aside their differences and unite?
Or, could Lex’s tampering of Zods DNA mean something far worse? *ahem* may I present Nuclear Man from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace…
I’ll leave further speculation and judgement onto you, the reader. Have at thee!