Zack Snyder and WB recently released the second trailer for Batman Vs. Superman which saw Zod turned into - something - at the end of the trailer.
Now it appears to be confirmed as some version of Doomsday.
The French magazine Premiere caught up with Batman Vs. Superman production designer Patrick Tatopoulos who offered the following details about Superman, Zod, Doomsday and Lex luthor.
We are able to tell a story in a fresh way. Doomsday is an evolution essentially. Fans may be aware of the death of Superman story, but this is handled in such a new way.
Regarding if Superman's dies in the film, on Lex's plan, and more on Doomsday:
When the film is called Batman v or versus Superman, it really has a lot of levels to the meaning. Superman isn't just killed off at the end of something. We see how he evolves as part of Lex's plan to protect the world. Seeing the Superman we know, be gone, and then replaced with this reproduction is really going to make fans think of how we look at these super beings. It was especially interesting to figure out, how would you create Superman from Zod... then how would that involve into Doomsday.
The article also notes that many fans complained that the trailer revealed too much; however, it's noted there is a "larger threat" at play. It's also said the "timeframe of how things fall into place will surprise fans" and that "Doomsday isn't just the final act."
It's further said "those feeling they may know too much this early, are going to be in for a true surprise."
Regarding further threats in addition to Lex and Doomsday, Patrick Tatopoulos wouldn't offer much:
That's something to find out on March 25th.
You can watch the Batman Vs. Superman trailer below and be sure to check out the cool new promo.
(translated via google; hat tip to HeroHangOut Twitter)
Update: Specific source is from the French website Allocine's forums with the interview said to be from next month's Premiere Magazine.
Update #2: Premiere Magazine got back to us and said they haven't interviewed Patrick Tatopulos about Batman Vs. Superman.
I can confirm you that we did not interview Patrick Tatopoulos about Batman V Superman. https://t.co/v73MFALxxS— Première (@PremiereFR) December 15, 2015
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.