Zack Snyder has finally found an opponent for Henry Cavill's Superman- and it is long time arch nemesis and fellow kryptonian General Zod to be played by 37-year old actor Michael Shannon. According from DCU blog The Source:
BURBANK, CA, April 10, 2011 – 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.
General Zod was originally portrayed by Terrence Stamp in the 1980 film sequel Superman II starring Christopher Reeve in the lead role. Stamp was pretty bad-ass there.
I wonder what they've got up in their sleeves now to make sure that they will make this a pretty interesting antagonist because lets face it - we have seen Zod in the movies and in comics before. We know pretty much know the bitter history between him and Kal-El's (Superman's real name) father Jor-El and more importantly what his intentions are. It would be interesting on what Nolan and Goyer would have to offer in this newest version of the villain. Will it be influenced by the recent Superman: World of New Krypton and War of the Supermen comic book storylines?
But here's one thing that will happen for sure: we will get to hear that familiar "Kneel before Zod!" line again. Trust me. Zod is never Zod without that classic.