General Zod Returns to Challenge the Man of Steel

12 Apr

“Boardwalk Empire” star Michael Shannon will reprise the role of ‘Zod’ in new Superman reboot

With news of the next Batman film rolling in at a snails pace, comic book fanboys are getting their fill from report after report coming down about Superman: Man of Steel, Zack Snyder‘s next installment in the “Supes” franchise. First there was news that Henry Cavil would be donning the cape as the man from Krypton, then he got some parents in A-Listers Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. THEN a few weeks ago we got our ‘Lois Lane’ with the adorable Amy Adams, and now, finally, they’ve rounded out the major players and not only picked the main antagonist, but have named the actor to portray him. Michael Shannon, best known for his Oscar nominated turn as a mentally-unstable man in Revolutionary Road, and his current role as a hard-nosed Prohibition-era G-Man in “Boardwalk Empire”, will be wearing the loose fitting jumpsuit of ‘General Zod’, in a role made famous by Terrence Stamp in Superman II.

As the Hollywood Reporter, er, reported on Sunday, Shannon was named in a release by Warner Bros. that quoted director Snyder as saying:

“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.”

While we agree that Shannon possesses the ‘malice’ needed to capture the character (judging from his back-to-back weirdo turns in Road and Empire), we doubly agree that choosing Zod for the new film was a stroke of genius. Why does a Superman film always have to have Lex Luther as its main villain time and time again? He’s got no superpowers, alone from his ‘supernatural’ brain, and seriously, why hasn’t Superman just bashed that brain in just a bit, to keep him from causing trouble day after day? Zod has powers to match our hero, and the two share a past that makes them the ‘yin’ and the ‘yang’ of a Krypton political system that has collapsed, in more ways than one. Zod is a cold, calculating dictator with the muscle to back up the military brain, and it’ll be fun to see Snyder, a master of the modern video-game-action-movie, pit them in a world-wide royal rumble. And if you still aren’t assured of Snyder’s directorial capabilities (all flash; little substance), be reassured that Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the minds behind the current Batman franchise, will be around to reign in the madness. We’re looking forward to it.

Better do what he says...


2 Responses to “General Zod Returns to Challenge the Man of Steel”

  1. NatDuv April 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    This is gonna suck.


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