Warner Bros. today confirmed two things Superman fans have been waiting for. The first is that Zack Snyder’s reboot will be called Man of Steel, but the most important bit of news is that Oscar nominated actor Michael Shannon will play the villain, General Zod.
Shannon received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and was most recently seen in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.
On the casting 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.”
General Zod is an evil and super-powered scientist who was portrayed by Terrence Stamp in 1980s Superman II. Wikipedia states he “possesses vast super strength, speed & stamina; various extra sensory and vision powers (including super hearing, x-ray vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, and heat vision); tremendous lung capacity and super breath (wind and ice); invulnerability, and flight.” The same powers as Superman, basically. It looks like we’ll see Superman engaged in a few big fights this time round.
As well as Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Man of Steel will also star Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.