General Zod

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The pow-wow between Earth’s two mightiest heroes has been a point of contention and a source of endless hype ever since it was teased 3 years ago. However, with the cinematic DC Universe finally making its way to the silver screen, some fans decide to go the extra mile and look for facts by analyzing any and all hints provided by the trailers, leading to a pretty solid possible outline…

[ABSTRACT SPOILER WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS POSSIBLE BATMAN V SUPERMAN PLOT POINTS]

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So, the other day, Vulture managed to set the internet on fire with an interview with Batman v. Superman’s Michael Shannon, when it was revealed that Shannon’s Zod would be in BvS but with a physical change that had plenty of people scratching their heads.  According to that interview, Shannon’s character would have flippers rather than humanoid digits.  Well, in an even more recent interview, this time with The Daily Beast, Shannon has eaten some of his words but in doing so, he may have let a pretty major secret slip.  It appears that perhaps those Doomsday rumors may have a bit more meat than some initially believed. Possible spoilers ahead. (more…)

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If you’ve ever read a comic book then you know that death never means forever. (Unless you’re Uncle Ben, am I right? Too soon?) Anyway, it seems that the slack work of the Grim Reaper when it comes to the superhuman will be on display in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Were you a fan of Michael Shannon‘s General Zod? Well, good news, he will appear in Dawn of Justice in some capacity, but he’ll be a little different. Not just alive, but with brand new appendages that make turning doorknobs a little more, shall we say, problematic. What do we mean? Think Penguin from Batman Returns. (more…)

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The complaints surrounding the battle between Superman and General Zod at the end of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel have been pretty rife to say the least. During the final confrontation, Superman and Zod battle it out; causing apocalyptic chaos across the city of Metropolis. Hollywood films are fraught with destruction, what makes this any different?, I can here you all asking! Well, fundamentally, it all boils down to the fact that Superman is supposed to be infallible; he has suppose to have a code; a moral duty to prevent individuals from being harmed. Thusly, there doesn’t seem to be any thought for innocent standers-by when Superman throws Zod through a skyscraper, causing a hefty amount of collateral damage. Superman isn’t suppose to kill people, but yet, he does in Man of Steel, and you are about to learn why this is. (more…)

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Some of you may remember about a month back when some viral marketing for Man of Steel hit the Internets.  A video featuring a scrambled image of General Zod making demands was the theme, and it looks like they’ve decided to continue with that theme in the latest trailer for the film.  Check out this pile of epic Superman action below:

I have to say, the more I see of this movie, the bigger nerd boner I get.  Can’t wait until it finally hits the screen on June 14th.  Just 3 ½ weeks to go!

 

Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.

General Zod Talks ‘Man of Steel’

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The trailers and marketing pouring out from Zack Snyder’s new Man of Steel flick make it look more than promising.  In my opinion, it may very well be the best offering of the summer season, and I fkn hate Superman.  And while we’ll have to wait another six weeks before we get to see it, we can at least hear what the opinions of the cast are.  Michael Shannon, the almighty and terrible General Zod himself, recently talked a bit about the film in an interview.  Check it out after the jump.

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With Zack Snyder’s new Man of Steel movie almost upon us, it’s only natural that we should expect some viral marketing coming our way.  And so, as if to answer the call (and to get people to buy tickets, of course), WB has thrown out a new video.  This one is a message to the world, courtesy of General Zod himself.  It’s a scrambly little thing, but interesting nonetheless.  Check it out below:

Check out the full flick when it hits theaters in just a few months, on June 14th.

 

Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.

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A few days ago, we posted the reveal of Total Film‘s May cover showing Amy Adams’ Lois Lane along with an insert revealing some of the interview layouts revolving around the Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel. While you can’t really see any of the finer details besides some new shots from the set, one interview stood out among the rest, possibly throwing off everyone’s idea of what to expect in the next few months.

While talking with the magazine as part of their cover story, Michael Shannon, who will be this generation’s General Zod, spoke about his portrayal of the now iconic villain.

Fans will know that the Superman villain is cold and cunning in his ways. You don’t just say something like “Kneel before Zod!” and expect a handshake in its place. Shannon’s take on the exiled Kryptonian, however, will have fans kneeling just to recover from shock. According to Shannon:

“He’s not a villain. He’s not a villain any more than any other general fighting to protect his people. He doesn’t like to just hurt people and steal diamonds; he’s focused on being successful at his job.”

Look at those first four words and digest that for a second. It’s true that depending on the role they play in a film, actors will get a sense of what their side is trying to accomplish in the overall scheme of things, but this is Zod! He’s an individual that was cemented into pop culture by Terence Stamp in the original 1978 Superman and the 1981 sequel Superman II, someone out for revenge and willing to destroy an entire planet to do so.

But thirty-five years after his initial appearance, that kind of Zod wasn’t what Michael was going for, adding:

“I think the way Terence Stamp approached it — and this isn’t any kind if criticism of his performance — there was something kind of detached about it. Pure, hatred, rage, whatever … I think this [characterization] is more ambiguous.”

If he’s not the real villain of the film, then who is? Are we gearing for a larger match up in Man of Steel, say for example Superman vs. Brainiac? And what about the mention of him “fighting to protect his people”? Could it be a reference to the bottled city of Kandor or an indication that Zod and Faora will have some friends along for the ride?

We’re not certain, but what we do know is that this Zod may not be the guy that people were expecting to see. This is someone with an agenda looking for any means to succeed. What do you think?

Man of Steel is coming to theaters June 13th, 2013.

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The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has just released the latest batch of movie ratings and Zach Snyder‘s Man Of Steel is getting a PG-13 rating. It’s not much of a surprise really, most mainstream superhero movies get the PG-13 rating, each of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman movies, The Avengers, all got a PG-13 for mild violence and adult content.

The MPAA posted their reasoning for the rating:

There had better be some INTENSE sci-fi violence in this movie. Superman needs to hit something, he needs to hit it hard, and I’m not talking about Lois Lane. (Rim shot!) Superman Returns suffered because there wasn’t enough fighting, there was action, but without some actual fighting Superman is boring.

The next Man of Steel news update tidbit is another one of those LEGO Set Spoilers. Toy sets often spoil some details of their movie counterpart through packaging or pre-order forms and Man of Steel is no exception. The title of the box set gives us a peek at some of the characters involved in the movie. In this case a couple new villain names.

76003 Superman – Battle of Smallville : Général Zod, Colonel Hardy, Tor-An, Superman et Faora

We knew about Zod, but now the cats out of the bag about Tor-An and Faora, two additional Kryptonians. Many are speculating about what kind of role each will play in the story, most figure them to be smaller, secondary villains to General Zod, it’s a good bet that their going to be minions.

ComicBook.com is reporting an anonymous source that claims Tor-An will be played by actor and stuntman Richard Cetrone (Sucker Punch), along with another Kryptonian – Dev-Em, an escaped criminal played by Revard Dufresne (Sucker Punch).

The title of the set is what really intrigues me. Battle of Smallville leads me to believe that there will be a big fight in Superman’s home town during the movie. Remember that scene in the trailer where a space craft is hovering outside the Kent house? Could that be Zod and his minions come to play?

Zod: “Can Clark come out to play Mrs Kent?” Maybe Tor-An can do a Warriors style clinking bottles on his fingers . . . “Superman, come out and plaaaaayyyyy!”

Via: Screenrant & /Film

Everyone who has watched Superman II can quote the famous line, “Kneel before Zod,” that actor Terence Stamp says in his fight with the late Christopher Reeve‘s Superman.

It’s a line that demands respect and has been uttered in countless parodies in the years since the film’s release, giving the line itself a cult status. While doing an interview on VH1’s Big Moring Buzz Live Michael Shannon, who has taken over the role of General Zod in Man of Steel, may have shattered the hopes of thousands of Zod fans revealing, “I don’t say that in the movie,” when asked about quoting the famous line in the reboot.

Now we know Zack Snyder is trying to update the franchise but “Kneel before Zod” is synonymous with Stamp’s role and it has to be said. It’s one of those lines that should be carried on in some way, much like what was done for Martin Sheen and the reworking of, “With great power comes great responsibility,” in The Amazing Spider-Man. Hopefully the line will be used in some variation to make it Shannon’s own, if anything Snyder can at least give people this:


Your welcome Zack, use something like that and you’ll calm a planet of angry nerds.

Special thanks to Blastr for spreading the word of Zod. Check out Shannon’s original interview with VH1 below,