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.
9. He’s Superman’s Greatest Fear
The video game Injustice: Gods Among Us introduced fans to a brand new Earth where Superman has taken over as an all-powerful dictator after the Joker tricks him into killing his wife and unborn son. The plot of the game is riddled with holes and really subjects the player to just guess about major events that are referenced. The game got spun off into a critically acclaimed comic series of the same name, answering many unanswered questions and filling in the blanks as necessary. One question that was specifically answered is how the clown prince of crime was able to pull off this stunt. The answer was that by working with Scarecrow, the two were able to produce a fear toxin that made Superman see his beloved wife as the thing he feared the most. When he looked at his wife all he saw was Doomsday. He immediately flew into space and beat the fake Doomsday to death, not knowing the consequences that would follow.
8. TV Shows Don’t Know His Origin Story
Many people know an origin story for Doomsday, but for whatever reason do not know the correct origin story. As an infant, aliens trying to force rapid evolution experimented on Doomy, killing him over and over again. But fans often believe that he was some botched Superman clone or a Kryptonian Super Soldier gone crazy. Why? Because popular TV shows can’t agree on any origin. These false origins were presented in shows like Smallville and The Justice League, confusing fans. The writers may have chosen to recreate his origin story because his original is so disgustingly dark that it would not work on mainstream TV. Now based on the trailer, it looks like Batman vs Superman may be keeping the tradition of messing with Doomsday’s origin alive, thus confusing more fans for years to come.
7. Booster Gold Came Up With The Name
Unlike many classic villains and heroes, Doomsday never gave himself the name. He was originally known as The Ultimate and rampaged around the universe for thousands of years under that moniker. Then when he found himself on Earth, awake and homicidal, he went on a devastating killing spree ripping through members of the Justice League. Watching his teammates die, it was Booster Gold, the time traveling hero from the future, who coined the nickname “Doomsday.” It stuck and somehow spread across the universe and now The Ultimate is no more, and Doomsday reigns supreme.
6. Doomsboy Was A Thing
Back in 1999 DC attempted to reinvent Doomsday following his death at the hands of Superman. In an alternate reality, Cadmus attempted to create an intelligent clone of Doomsday to use in case Superman ever went against their interests. Much like many other clones in the DC universe, the finished project was a younger version and the creators opted to name him Doomsboy. At first he did normal Doomsday-like activities, but that didn’t last. He acted as a big brother to Conal (that universe’s version of Superboy) and even became a business mogul for a time. Needless to say the character did not receive much popularity and has since faded from the DC universe.
5. Dr. Doomsday
Many casual fans know who both Dr. Doom and Doomsday are, and any hardcore fan can rattle off their back-stories by memory. Both are essential in their respective comic book lore, but did you know that the two once merged to create the powerful (and appropriately named) Dr. Doomsday? Back in 1996 comic book fans were introduced to Earth-9602, aka the Amalgam Universe. In this universe different Marvel and DC characters all merged together creating new heroes. The Universe gave birth to characters like The Dark Claw (Batman and Wolverine), Bizarnage (Bizzaro and Carnage), and Captain Marvel (Captain America and Captain Marvel…. Ok some of them weren’t all that creative). One interesting villain was Dr. Doomsday, a melding of Dr. Doom and Doomsday.
While working for Cadmus, Victor Von Doom accidentally inhales some of Doomsday’s bone fragments after it exploded making the scientist fuse with the ultimate killing machine. He went on to work for Thanoseid (Thanos and Darkseid) and even kills off some of the more important characters.
4. His Battle With Supergirl
So by now you know that Doomsday killed Superman, great. What you may not have known is the much more grotesque ways that he absolutely demolished other Justice Leaguers. The most notable was when he humiliated Supergirl. As her 90s persona, Matrix (another botched Superman clone), she personally tried to take Doomsday on before he could reach (and eventually kill) the Man of Steel. By throwing a single punch, Doomsday was able to render her into some sort of Silly Putty. This is a girl who can go toe-to-toe with Superman, or any other DC character, yet she is decimated by a single punch from this thing. It really shows his true power.
3. He killed 1 Million Green Lanterns
We know all about the Green Lantern Corp. Whether you’re a fan of Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardener, Kyle Rayner, or any of the intriguing aliens that make up the crew, you still might not know about the massacre that happened long before any of these heroes donned the ring. Back when Doomsday was known as the Ultimate, he found his way to the planet of Oa in a bloodlust like no other. Though the entire Green Lantern Corp. was called to defend their home planet, Doomsday was able to rip through the all-powerful protectors as if they were paper. It’s said that he killed a million Lanterns before one of the Guardians of the Universe (those who command the Lanterns) sacrificed his life, ripping space and time open, to end the Ultimate’s rampage.
2. Superman Transforms Into Doomsday
In the New 52 run, Superman and Doomsday once again fight. However this time Superman is victorious after he brutally rips Doomsday in half. After being defeated by his greatest foe, Doomsday’s body turns to an ash like substance, which contains a virus that turns anyone who comes into contact with it into a Doomsday-like creature. Not knowing what a vacuum cleaner does, Superman inhales all of it to prevent anyone else from coming into contact. Predictably he starts transforming into what is now known as SuperDoom and starts to terrorize the universe for a while. Braniac eventually finds a cure, which SuperDoom steals, and all goes back to normal. However the damage was already done. Many were killed, and Superman had lost the trust of the planet he called home.
1. He Can’t Die
Doomsday can’t die. Yeah Superman beat Doomsday to death while getting beat to death by Doomsday, but Doomsday woke up like a year later. That’s basically just being in a coma. And this isn’t the only instance. Doomsday ‘died’ at least 7 times; always recovering from each death with an immunity to whatever killed him. As said earlier, as an infant he was part of a genetic experiment to force evolution, and it was successful. Each “generation” of Doomsday was reborn immune (or at least more resistant) to whatever killed him before. His actual power is this high-speed evolution, which allows him to form natural immunities to things that kill him. For example; after the alien, The Radiant, killed Doomsday with special energy beams, Doomsday came back to the planet later making quick work of his old foe as the beams no longer hurt. You can burn him, beat him, shoot him, tear his head off, do anything to him, but he will not stay dead.