Come, son of Jor-El. And kneel before Zod!
To no one’s surprise, the villain in Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot has been announced as the Kryptonian villain known as Zod, to be played by Michael Shannon.
Whether this will be the same villainous General Zod that fought Christopher Reeve‘s Superman in Superman II, that remains to be seen. Now, Zod is one of Superman‘s greatest villains, aside from Lex Luthor (who had better appear in the film in some capacity). If not, the fan boys and girls will be in an uproar!
According to the press release from Warner Brothers, the untitled Superman film also has a new title: Man of Steel.
I have my fingers crossed for this Superman film, as the last one, Superman Returns, was just bad. It could have been worse, but also could have been a hell of a lot better.
Are you excited for the upcoming reboot, or have you given up on the Superman franchise altogether?
Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled “Man of Steel.”
Snyder stated, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”
As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.
Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese. He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’, “Take Shelter,” from director/writer Jeff Nichols.
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
“Man of Steel” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.