Viggo Mortensen Will Not Play Zod in Man of Steel

March has been a busy month for Superman: Man of Steel casting confirmations with both Diane Lane and Kevin Costner joining the production - as Martha and Jonathan Kent, respectively. If March appeared to focus on the Kent family, February seemed to focus on General Zod casting rumors.

Today we're getting closure on one of those potential rumors: director Zack Snyder has confirmed that Viggo Mortensen (The Road) will not be appearing in Superman: Man of Steel - meaning someone else will be stepping into General Zod's, Kryptonian/leather, shoes - assuming the character will even appear in the film.

Speaking with Latino Review, Snyder was especially candid about rumored front-runner Mortensen, "Yeah Viggo is not going to be in the movie let’s say that right now. I can clear that up." The director didn't mention whether or not that could mean that Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who was also rumored to be up for the role, will be playing the power-hungry Krytponian.

Zod-related rumors should be taken with a grain of salt until Snyder, or someone else in the production, confirms the character will even be in the film. Prior casting reports would suggest that we'll be seeing some Kryptonian-on-Kryptonian violence but, given the fact that Superman: Man of Steel will be a true reboot, it's too early to say which story beats and characters will carry-over from prior installments.

That said, in our own interview with Snyder, the director stated that Man of Steel will be his most realistic film to date - so, despite the fact we've yet to hear Zod confirmation, the character would certainly be a more likely opponent than Brainiac, Darkseid, or other fan-favorite villains:

"I think the visual style of 'Superman,' though I can’t say for certain as it’s early, but I kind of feel like — and I did say to the studio – that what’s cool for me and interesting, and odd, is that 'Superman' is probably going to be the most realistic movie I’ve ever made."

Bryan Singer's unused story for Superman: The Man of Steel which features Brainiac

Hopefully, realistic doesn't mean that Snyder will simply return to the same well as prior films - casting Lex Luthor as the central threat. Given the fact that Superman (the film that launched the modern franchise) and Superman Returns (which attempted to relaunch the franchise) both focused on Luthor, Zod would at least offer a grander scope for the action sequences - instead of merely rushing Superman around the world in order to save innocent bystanders from one disaster after another.

With the press-tour for Snyder's Sucker Punch wrapping-up, it's only a matter of time before we get another batch of casting confirmations - which will hopefully put some of these rumors to rest.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know who you’d like to see Superman face in the Man of Steel.

Superman: Man of Steel is produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder, and is set to hit theaters in December 2012.

Source: Latino Review

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