Doomsday is all set to visit Krypton, and he is going to be more similar to his comic book version than the earlier screen adaptations.
During a presentation to the Television Critics Association in LA, Krypton executive producers elaborated at length about the pluses of having a continuity segregated time, space and even parallel worlds from any other ongoing version of the DC Universe onscreen.
“We get to do our own iteration of Doomsday, untethered to anything else, so we get to explore Doomsday in a way that hasn’t been done and is kinda more true to the comics,” DC Chief creative officer Geoff Johns said.
While Johns had earlier made an announcement about Doomsday along with Brainiac and Adam Strange, during the 2017 SDCC, no details had been shared back then.
The character created by Dan Jurgens in 1992, is well acquainted with TV and movies. Besides the several animation appearances, Doomsday has featured in live action on Smallville and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Both these stories showed vastly altered or shortened Doomsday origins compared to the comics, to suit the storylines. Going by John’s quote, it is unlikely that Krypton will delve deeper into Doomsday’s origin story.
The story was created in a spinoff series several years after Doomsday had debuted in The Death of Superman, and it revolves around someone called Bertron.
Bertron was a scientist from Krypton from ancient past. Obsessed with the creation of the “perfect” life form, he created something which he expected to be capable of withstanding the most hostile terrain of the planet, and then he let the infant clone free to be ravaged by the elements and terrestrial animals. Whatever genetic material was left behind, Bertron reused it and repeated the process hundreds of times, compelling the clone to evolve at a much rapid pace.
He ultimately managed to create a being who was invincible and has the power to regenerate itself after dying, with an “evolved” past which ensured that once he died in one manner, he could never be killed by the same elements again. Bertron managed to create an immortal and mighty creature, but, that being also turned out to be savage and uncontrollable. Not only that, it had the memory of long spells of abuse, which led it to destroy Bertron and almost everything else that came its way.
Finally, it was overpowered and confined, and then this being called Doomsday was shot into space, where it later crash-landed in Ohio and remained buried deep below the surface. Doomsday “hibernated” for several centuries before waking up and destroying the US East Coast, and halted only when Superman gave up his own life to stop the monster.
The Man of Steel Blu-ray special has a hidden piece of text with the following warning, “Beware Bertron’s curse, for he is named Doomsday.” Although the monster resurfaced in the sequel, his story was not dwelled upon, and the one that killed Superman was created by Lex Luthor by using General Zod’s corpse.
Krypton debuts on March 21 on Syfy.