10 Things You Didn’t Know About DC’s Doomsday

Doomsday is the creature that killed Superman in The Death of Superman comic line in 1992.

There, done. If you didn’t know that, now you do. In fact if you didn’t know that, you probably know almost nothing about Doomsday, as this is pretty much the only thing he is known for. He’s not the most intriguing villain and pretty much every other bad guy gets more attention than he. Then he made an appearance in the trailer for Batman vs Superman and the Internet blew up. Casual fans may have had no idea what he was supposed to be, and hardcore fans were angry that he was being included.

Whatever your opinion of Doomsday is, he doesn’t get a lot of credit. His being a rabid beast turns off a lot of fans, and he just comes off as another over-powered alien that Superman has to somehow get rid of. There’s a lot more to Doomsday that many people don’t realize. Here are 10 things you may not have known about Doomsday.

10. He Wasn’t Created For The Reason You Think

Many people believe that Doomsday was created so that DC had someone who could kill off Superman, a character who had been rapidly losing popularity over the past 20 years. To some extent this theory is the truth, but in reality that was just a convenient side effect. In the 90s, the writers at DC realized that many of their long-standing heroes had no true threats physically. All villains were smart guys who had long drawn-out plans to outwit (and eventually kill) their foes.

Wanting more “brute force,” the company came up with villains like Bane and Lobo. These guys who could go toe to toe in a fight with their greatest enemies instead of hiding behind a bunch of robots. Doomsday was created in this vein as writers looked at Superman’s arch-enemies as the worst offenders.

With baddies like Lex Luthor and Mr. Mxyzptlk, it’s easy to understand how there was a market for a guy who could actually punch Superman in the face.