Michael Shannon Cast as General Zod in Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel'
by Alex Billington
April 10, 2011
Kneel before Zod! Continuing their tradition of announcing casting on Sundays, Warner Bros has officially confirmed that Michael Shannon (seen right above) will star as General Zod in director Zack Snyder's new Superman film, now titled Man of Steel. Either they're being crafty removing "Superman" from the title and relying solely or marketing, or they're in big trouble, but I have a feeling it's the former. Snyder states, "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." Now that I totally agree with!
In Zack Snyder's Superman, as General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent. I keep hearing rumors of Viggo Mortensen being in the running for a key role, but we're not sure about that yet. I guess we'll have to wait until next Sunday. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Man of Steel is scheduled for release in late December 2012. General Zod is one of Superman's most popular villains and Terence Stamp kicked ass as Zod in Richard Donner's Superman I and II. Great Superman cast so far?