Edgar Ramirez Being Eyed for ‘Superman: Man of Steel’ Villain?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:52 pm,

A few days ago, director Zack Snyder put at least one rumor to rest regarding his upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel. He insisted that Viggo Mortensen would not appear in the film as General Zod, but didn’t deny the inclusion of the character altogether. So for now it looks as if we’re back to square one with our speculation over who is best suited for the role – or if another villain should be utilized instead.

As is often the case with high-profile projects like Superman: Man of Steel, just as one rumor is debunked, several more pop up to take its place. Immediately after Mortensen was officially out of the running, there were whispers that Snyder might be reaching out to his 300 star Gerard Butler for the role of Zod. There also seemed to be a renewed interest in the (extremely unlikely) possibility of Daniel Day-Lewis playing the part.

The recent casting of Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan & Martha Kent was straightforward enough, but when it comes to the villain in Superman: Man of Steel – things have been substantially less reliable. Despite all of the misinformation that’s out there, Latino Review managed to dig up a pretty interesting scoop from one of their sources.

The reputation of that site is extremely solid (especially when it comes to breaking stories), but they’re still urging everyone to take this as nothing more than a RUMOR for the time being. Evidently,Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez is being considered for one of the villains in the film:

From what I’m told, I’m hearing that Edgar Ramirez who by the way killed it in the 5 hour CARLOS miniseries (can’t wait for the Criterion blu ray) is supposedly being eyed for a villain role in Zack Snyder’s Superman film.

Now at press time, I don’t know if it’s for General Zod or another villain role. The secrecy surrounding this project is that tight. I also don’t personally know if Edgar auditioned, or his name is simply being tossed around, or the producers have gotten into it with Edgar’s reps.

LR goes on to speculate that Ramirez’s involvement with Wrath of the Titans wouldn’t hurt his chances of nabbing the villainous Man of Steel role since both films are being made at Warner Bros. He may not be as established as some of the other names being tossed around, but Ramirez has done solid work in The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, and the Che: Part One.

superman zod ursa non Edgar Ramirez Being Eyed for Superman: Man of Steel Villain?

However, I suppose that a villain doesn’t necessarily mean the villain. If the character of Ursa does indeed appear in the film, perhaps Zod’s other accomplice, Non, will as well? I’m not saying that Ramirez wouldn’t work as Zod, just noting that there are other possibilities.

I know many fans are still keeping their fingers crossed that these reports are all wrong and that Superman will square off against an adversary we’ve never seen on film before. Honestly, I was disappointed myself when the Zod rumors began to emerge – but at this point, all of these casting rumors and allusions to a huge Kyptonian mythology seem to suggest that it’s a very real possibility.

Regardless of who the villain in the film turns out to be, we’ve already been assured that this Superman will be far more combative and physical than previous cinematic incarnations. If Snyder makes good on his intentions to center the story around the emotional reality of the character, then perhaps we should have faith that the film’s villain was chosen for a very specific reason.

Superman: Man of Steel is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012.

Source: Latino Review.

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  1. Ok. How about a villan that isn’t a rehash of a past movie. Let’s try Darkseid. Arnold Schwartzenager would be ideal as the big grey skinned god of Apokolips. His shear arragance would pass the screen test for the part. His mass would fill out the costume. Age wouldn’t matter since Darkseid is ageless, apparently.

    • Arnie doesn’t need to be anywhere near any films.

      • Ron Pearlman should be Darkseid, Arnie is a really bad choice.

        • Meh, I don’t want Darkseid right now. He’s already appearing on Smallville, and he was seen in B/S:A. But I would say that Michael Ironside would have to do the voice work if they did use him.

        • agreed

    • I’m not hot on that idea personaly, after all you did see Batman and Robin right? I too would go more for Ron Pearlman, he makes a great Hellboy and put him in the skin of Darkseid I say yes. But Arnol not so much. *shudders* Batman and Robin…..

      But whom ever they have as lead villian please not Lex Luthor again. Maybe a small cameo at Lexcorp. but nothing more then that.

  2. This is interesting. Do you think possibly Non and Ursa would signal the coming of Zod in the second film? May be unlikely, but they are powerful enough to pose a threat to Supes!

  3. The guy looks more like Superman than Henry Cavill!

    • Supes has a fat face?

    • @ Dr. Sam Beckett.

      You beat me to it,lol. I was thinkin the samething this guy looked more like Superman than Henry Cavill does.

    • I honestly thought he was going to play super man before I read the article. Thank you for giving me a name, now I must find a picture

      *Types. Click. Stares* . . .

      How heavy is this Venezuelan guy’s accent that they won’t give him the Superman part? I’m not even sure if Cavill will look right after he’s put the weight/muscle on. He looks like he’d be a better pick for Gambit (the last guy sucked).

      . . . now that I look again, I think Cavill could work out. Ramirez still looks the part though.

  4. Other than possibly Zod, he could be Metallo. Maybe even Brainiac.

    And since he looks like Superman, could be Bizarro.

  5. I could see this guy as John Corben a.k.a Metallo but that’s about it. No way is this Guy ZOD.

  6. From Viggo to this schmuck?

  7. I’m hoping that Zod is gone and Bizarro is in!

    maybe snyder read all the negative responses regarding zod and did some re-writes. Hey it could happen! If he feels that superman is “broken” then zod certainly is not gonna fix it. If he uses zod, he’ll be contradicting himself, re-hashing old villains.

    Kal-El: “The humans call me Superman.”
    Bizarro: “Orrazib em llac snamuh eht. HA, ha, ha, FIGHT ME!”

    • Would love them to use Bizarro, but I think the problem would be that he is just too similar to Superman in appearance. This first film needs something different, alien. Brainiac is the best choice for the first film IMO.
      They could use Bizarro in the opening of one of the sequels, he doesnt have to explained with an hour of backstory before he arrives.

      • When Reeve was the evil Supes in film 2. or 3, I cant remember which, kinda reminded me how a Bizarro would be, straightening out the Leaning Tower of Piza and all lol.

        • Yeah that’s Superman 3. One of it’s few virtues.
          Superman 4 was originally going to feature Bizarro instead of ‘Nuclear Man’ I think there is even some footage somewhere of Lex (Hackman) talking to a pale Frankenstein like creature that did backwards speaking.

          • Christopher Reeve as the evil Superman was definitely the most memorable part of Superman III. Well, in terms of “good” memorable that is. =-)

            Here’s that deleted footage of the first Nuclear Man who has a little bit in common with Bizarro.

            If you’ve never seen this footage, get ready for the most unbelievably inappropriate score you’ve ever heard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WjC7w9zWuE

            • Good grief, that was nightmarishly horrid…My eyes feel like vomiting.

          • @ Dr.SamBeckett

            I know he’s gonna appear on Smallville very soon (i hope) but i always wished to see Darkseid on film. I always thought he was one of Superman’s baddest foes. Especially if they got Michael Ironside to voice him again just as he did for the animated series.

  8. His body looks more like superman but I don’t think he has the face. There’s no way he’s Zod, he’s too young…

  9. Gerad butler as zod…..someone new for brainiac?

  10. @Chris: You forgot to mention Edgar Ramirez in “Domino” he played a good role in that film as well.

  11. Deadline.com is reporting thhat Michael Shannon who is featuted in HBOs Boardwalk Empire is being mentioned for a villains role in The Man of Steel.
    I dont know that Ramirez and Shannon are up for the same role.

  12. if shannon is being mentioned for the film then its going to be bizoaro look at his face lol

  13. bizarro sorry

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