Michael Shannon is Zod in ‘Man of Steel’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:21 pm,

Remember last November when Zack Snyder denied rumors that General Zod would be the villain in his Superman reboot? He wasn’t exactly telling the truth and now, the Man of Steel finally has a foe!

Warner Bros. confirmed the casting moments ago that Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Runaways) will be playing the villainous Kryptonian, Zod, in the now-titled Man of Steel.

Snyder had the following to say about the latest member of his cast:

“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.”

Michael Shannon may not hold the star power as his wildly rumored competitor for the part, Viggo Mortensen, but those familiar with his work understand his talent and that he can certainly live up to Terence Stamp’s portrayal of Zod in Superman II (1980). Shannon’s casting adds another likable actor that fans can get behind and helps fill out the what seems to be the core cast of the film which includes:

With the confirmation of Zod being the feature villain of the story, many previously denied rumors are open game yet again, even dating back to the initial rumored storyline which involved Clark Kent as a young reporter, traveling the world while questioning whether or not he should dress up and play hero. This conveniently coincided nicely with the latest (albeit obvious) Superman: Man of Steel plot rumors, where Clark becomes Superman to save those he loves.

After the reports of Diane Kruger, Rosamund Pike and Alice Eve testing for the part of Ursa, another Kryptonian and an ally of Zod, it only made sense that news about the General being cast would come in the near future. The question now is, what other characters will partake in the Superman franchise restart and will someone like Adam M. Harris play Lex Luthor to be brought back in potential sequels?

Kneel before Zod!

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  1. This is great news! I can’t wait to see Superman II: The Zack Snyder Cut!

  2. I have never liked Zod as a villian. Maybe it’s the name, but I am totally nonplussed by this announcement.

  3. I can’t get past how much Michael Shannon looks like “Non” from Superman II!

    • For me, that picture gives more of a Lex vibe then Zod.

  4. Great Actor but his voice is a bit too nasaly for Zod. Viggo would have been perfect casting (aside from Terrance Stamp reprising or reinterpreting his own role)

  5. So where does Brainiac fit into all of this?

    I mean the only villains we have seen in Superman movies is Luthor and General Zod that is so damn lame… Give me a break. Give us something new. And people wonder why Superman doesn’t do good in theaters.

  6. Guys relax, as far as acting goes in this movie, were still in good hands. Watch shannon in revolutionary road or before the devil knows your dead- hes an awesome villian and he can give u the chills. Viggos a better actor but I honestly think this guy is better as Zod.

  7. @Wallywest

    I agree. Tim Burton’s Batman was great. I was referring to those Schulmacher abominations. I was just stating that all those character had been used in one form or another.

    • @ MovieLover35

      Oh, i see. Sorry. Batman & Robin was the only one i was disappointed in mostly. I thought Batman Forver was alright, was still litter darker than the 4th film. Besides that, not only did i blame Schumacher, i partly blame the studio aswell for makin that franchise lighter in the first place & makin it more “family friendly”. I did like Aaron Eckhart’s Two-face more than Tommy Lee Jones despite how he got disfigured in TDK.

  8. I also agree with most of you. I’d love to see some new Superman villians too. But we don’t know what direction Snyder is taking with this character and movie, yet. I believe Shannon will do the role justice. It’s not the actors i’m worried about. Let’s just pray the script is good and Snyder redeems himself with this after Sucker Punch. Hopefully Zod and Luthor won’t be the only villians in the mix. Relax guys, I’m sure there will be more villians we haven’t seen in the sequels. I’m just glad we’ll at least be getting some action in this one. Because we all know, Superman Returns was just what Superman 3 should’ve been. Just my opinion.

  9. He looks more like Bizarro to me. Hope this movie works to ensure more superman sequels.

  10. @ WallyWest

    I agree, Batman Forever was at least watchable and entertaining. It far way better than the others to follow after it. The last good one after Batman Returns, even though it was more Burton that Batman. And yes, Eckhart’s Two face was great, not campy at all like Jones. There was some real rage there and not the silliness Jones brought to the role, his was way too old school Joker like. Just saw a great interview with Henry Cavill on ComicBookMovie.com, seems to be a real cool guy. Despite all the bad mouthing on here, I believe it’ll be a good flick. I’m reserving my judgement till I see some footage. I’m basically excited about almost every CMB movie coming out this summer, Cap being on top of my list. I don’t really care about the whole Marvel vs. DC crap. I’m just excited to finally be getting two great summers of movies, finally.

  11. I agree, Batman Forever was at least watchable and entertaining. It was by far way better than the others to follow after it. The last good one after Batman Returns, even though it was more Burton that Batman. And yes, Eckhart’s Two face was great, not campy at all like Jones. There was some real rage there and not the silliness Jones brought to the role, his was way too old school Joker like. Just saw a great interview with Henry Cavill on ComicBookMovie.com, seems to be a real cool guy. Despite all the bad mouthing on here, I believe it’ll be a good flick. I’m reserving my judgement till I see some footage. I’m basically excited about almost every CMB movie coming out this summer, Cap being on top of my list. I don’t really care about the whole Marvel vs. DC crap. I’m just excited to finally be getting two great summers of movies, finally.

    • @ MovieLover35

      Yea, I read that Burton originally wanted to back to having just one villain which would of been Riddler. And i read Burton would of had Riddler made out to be more like Riddler from Batman:TAS instead of the Frank Gorshin-like one. But the studio wanted two villains again & that was one of the reasons i think Burton stepped down as director. Two-Face was added when Schumacher was director. As for the new Superman film, i might consider myself old-school, or too traditional or just too picky when it comes to comic book-based films. Doesn’t matter what character/characters they may be. But its how Hollywood will play them out that concerns me each time. Im pretty much excited about every comic book movie coming out this summer aswell. X-men:First class was the least one but it grew on me but still concerned about it. I really can’t wait for Captain America & Thor since they’re the two films i mostly wanna see more & wonder which one will capture my mind the most. I can’t wait for Green Lantern aswell despite some things that been said about it, i been waiting a long time for another DC character on the big screen besides Batman/Superman to get their shot. I too don’t care about the whole DC vs. Marvel crap. Both have great heroes. If this summer is gonna be great, i can’t imagine how next summer could top it. As much as im lookin forward to TDKR, i think im interested in seeing how The Avengers turns out since i been waiting for DC or Marvel to one day bring a team-up film.

  12. This guy has crazy eyes.

    He scares me.

    Therefore…. :-o

    PERFECT.

  13. I know it doesn’t matter now & people might think he’s too old. But for some reason remembering seeing him in Batman Begins, i bet Liam Neeson would of been a great General Zod imo. But if he was to have part, id want someone taller than cavill as Superman. Just a thought.

  14. I think Chris Isaaks can make a perfect general zod

  15. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….. boring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another Superman movie with Zod ? This is Booo Sheeee it! I seriously hope Snyder also throws some lesser used villians in there. At this point I would like to see anyone other than Zod and Lex in this movie. So much for giving the fans what they want. First he casts some skinny, small, british geek as our greatest protector and superhero then it’s Zod and Lex. I’m very disappointed. I hope it works out but it’s not looking good from here!

    • Nolan did the same thing with the Joker and that seemed to work out pretty well.

  16. The man of tin is already a failure. Why is it that hollywood can never give the fans what they want?

  17. I think he is a great choice for Zod. But I wanted Brainiac- Zod just looks like a guy with a beard… MONSTERS I WANT MONSTERS!

  18. Check out this jucy interview with awesome pics of Michael Shannon by BULLETT:

    http://bullettmedia.com/posts/boardwalk-empire-and-take-shelter-s-michael-shannon-talks-mental-illness-and-the-end-of-the-world

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