By Jonathon Dornbush
Updated January 13, 2016 at 02:57 PM EST

The last trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed one of DC Comics’ most formidable villains, Doomsday. And while some fans were surprised to see the famous baddie appear, director Zack Snyder hinted in a recent interview that Doomsday’s presence is part of the bigger DC film tapestry being woven.

While speaking to The Daily Beast about the next upcoming installment in the growing DC cinematic universe, Snyder referenced his recent comments that when the Justice League eventually comes together, they may have an even “bigger enemy” to fight than what Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can expect in Batman v Superman.

“Well, you have Doomsday, right? He doesn’t just crawl out of the ground. He has his own mythology, right? So that has to be explored,” Snyder said.

And though Snyder isn’t divulging specifics about future installments, or whether Doomsday will survive Batman v Superman to fight another day, the director explained that Doomsday’s introduction is a purposeful sign to fans of what is to come.

“To us, it really made sense to give [Doomsday] to the audience now,” Snyder said. “I really wanted to make the audience a promise that… though I’m super excited and happy and fulfilled by the conflict of Batman and Superman, there’s also a bigger world to start to think about.”

That bigger world will eventually see the Justice League come together, though before its November 2017 release, both the Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman will hit theaters. And Snyder promises the many hands involved in crafting the overarching story to these films are building this world with some intent.

“It is constantly evolving, but we’re starting to get a handle on where we’re going with the world,” he said. “That’s fun because it allows us now to be driving toward a goal that we don’t have to make up as much. The rules can be the rules, and the movie can exist in a closed universe… it allows us to tie things together.”

Head over to The Daily Beast to hear more from Snyder. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally arrives on March 25.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 151 minutes
  • Zack Snyder