Who's playing the big bad in Zack Snyder's Superman flick? (Spoilers)

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Zack Snyder has finally cast the villain for his upcoming Man of Steel. Is it Toyman? Metallo? Doomsday? Atomic Skull? Composite Superman? The Galactic Golem?

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Sadly, none of the above — Revolutionary Road and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Shannon will portray the evil Kryptonian General Zod (and I had a sawbuck riding on the Composite Superman). Said Snyder via a Warner Bros. press release:

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.

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As you're well aware, Terence Stamp famously portrayed the kneel-happy Zod in Superman 2. With Zod locked in, does this mean we'll be getting his lackeys Ursa and Non? And more importantly, does this mean we'll be getting a cellophane shield showdown?

Side Note: The press release also noted that the film's official title is now simply Man of Steel, which makes it sound like that workout VHS I once saw through the cowboy doors at my local video store.

[Via Deadline]

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edwardgrimm
Matthew Abel

I'm calling it: Turkey. I'll be happy to be proven wrong, but out of all the villains Superman has - they pick Zod. Not only the villain of Superman II (and the intro to Superman I), but a main antagonist for the television program that's been for ten years. That is a poor choice, Mr. Snyder, and shows a distinct lack of vision. Perhaps this is a knee jerk reaction, but I think Zod has been dealt with and he is certainly not even a main villain in Superman.

He kind of showed up and got killed, if I recall, and then he shows up every once in a while but a lot of what I've seen of him? They don't actually fight. And America, Mr. Snyder, is aching -ACHING - to see Superman tear it up with an actual threat. Zod? A villain of comparable power? Hooray. I believe I have seen the story of Rocky six times, Mr. Snyder, I do not wish to see it with spandex instead of shorts. Yes, it could take place a mile in the air - they could fight in SPACE where your visual flair and slow-mo punches would make sense to many of the populace.

Mr. Snyder, it's not too late. Pick a different villain. Batman Begins picked an arguably 2nd tier villain (Ra's al Ghul is pretty dangerous, but not as well known as the Gotham gang) and made it work out. I am not a fan of copying full-out, but many others would work. You could use Metallo. You could use Parasite. You could use both somehow and they are secretly probes for Braniac, and there you go, I just wrote your sequel.

I often post that I just want to see Superman fight a giant robot, and this is only a partial jest. You see, one of the greatest translations of the character was the Max Fleischer era animated series. A classic episode being "The Mechanical Monsters." Nostalgia is part of it. But also, I would like to see Superman face something physical threatening, something that looms, and beats him up somewhat. I want to see him cast aside, defeated, only to surprise us by blocking the death ray and saving some children.

I don't want to see Zod again, or hear Kneel Before Zod because I know very well you're thinking of a clever way to include that gem. Zod has been done in live action, he's been quite well, and I don't really think we need to see him again.

Now, I may seem hypocritical, but it is true I will most likely see this movie in the theater, not opening day, but early on in its run. And I am going to go in with as little expectation as I can and give it a fair shot. But I am bewildered by the inability of Hollywood to handle the character. They try to do too much in certain places, and they give up in other places. But if the story is good, if the action complements it, and if the movie is exciting, I'll freely admit I was wrong. The casting seems top notch thus far, and I am confident Snyder isn't getting a free rein over there.

I did not intend to type that much, but I kind of got going.