Monday 11 April 2011
After months of speculation about just who Superman would do battle with in the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel, Zack Snyder and company have cast Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the villainous Kryptonian, General Zod. Michael was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2009 for his role of a mentally disturbed man in the Sam Mendes drama, Revolutionary Road. He currently stars in HBO's acclaimed series, Boardwalk Empire as the zealous federal agent Nelson Van Alden.
The last time General Zod and Superman squared off on screen was in 1980's Superman II. Played to malicious perfection by Terence Stamp, Zod and his Kryptonian cohorts attempted to conquer Earth. They were inadvertently freed from their Phantom Zone prison by Superman, when he released a nuclear explosion in space. In a statement to Deadline, Snyder said "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."
What do you think of the choice of villain and of Michael Shannon?