Kal-El: 'Surrender Within 24 Hours' - General Zod Threatens Earth!

April 14, 2013
Source: Facebook

General Zod Message

Holy sh*t! Message received. After all that debunking with the static, it was indeed General Zod sending a message to Earth meant for Superman. But it's a threat, and one we should (not) take lightly. A 30-second video has ended up online showing Zod, in static, speaking to both Earth and specifically to Kal-El (aka Superman): "Surrender within 24 hours or watch this world suffer the consequences." Uh oh, that doesn't sound good. However, this is frickin' awesome. The message was found on the Man of Steel Facebook and the official site meaning they're pushing this thing full-on with the trailer online by Monday morning, too.

The message can be watched below. "My name is General Zod - for some time your world has sheltered one of my citizens. I request that you return this individual to my custody." He also addresses Kal-El, Superman specifically, which is where that chilling threat comes from. This is everything I was hoping to see from the incoming deep space radio wave transmissions this weekend. So cool. Here is Zod's message from Krypton:

This update also came once a code from a billboard was deciphered. The message was caught by the official Superman Facebook Fan page (via Movie Viral) where they found a billboard in Los Angeles that showed a brief Kryptonian message. Using the new alphabet/decipher from the Deep Space Radio Wave Project discovered yesterday, they discovered an IP address which linked to a new URL for a viral website yet to be utilized: Right now it auto-forwards to Warner Bros, but we expect to see that URL fire up with this viral in the coming weeks/months before release this June. Here is the billboard message:

Superman Billboard

Update! The newly discovered viral site (thanks to this billboard above) located at has now updated with a page that doesn't forward. At first it shows mostly static, which fades into a countdown clock made out of Kryptonian symbols. Decipher those and it counts down to somewhere around late Tuesday evening, in 48 hours. Which will likely be the online debut of the trailer, though that is also the day after, so it could be something else. I love the link between Zod's message and the site "I Will Find Him":

I Will Find Him

That's the latest on this General Zod update at the moment. The new trailer will be debuting very soon, so we expect Kal-El/Superman to "respond" in the form of that trailer/footage and potentially some other kind of publicity stunt. In addition, that radio wave transmission DSRW Project website now contains a cipher for the Kryptonian symbols, so we can expect more messages to be hidden written in that language. Look for them in the trailer or other websites linked to this movie, including the official website at

Man of Steel, the new DC Comics Superman reboot, is being directed by Zack Snyder, of Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen & Sucker Punch previously. Christopher Nolan is producing, and co-wrote the story with David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Unborn, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), who wrote the script. Warner Bros is bringing Man of Steel to theaters everywhere on June 14th this summer. See the full trailer.

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Alex -- check again 😉

Tom on Apr 14, 2013


Thanks! Just updated the post with countdown clock details from there.

Alex Billington on Apr 14, 2013


shit just got RRREEEEEAAAALLLLL!!!

THEBATMAN on Apr 14, 2013



Carpola on Apr 14, 2013


fail...everyone expected full trailer...this is just another marketing fail from WB...

dawko on Apr 14, 2013


...says nobody.

Akira Money ♕ on Apr 14, 2013


hulk u don't speak...

dawko on Apr 14, 2013


Puny David.

JBrotsis on Apr 14, 2013


I liked it. Reminds me of the ARG with the Joker in the months leading up to the Dark Knight premiere.

Tyler Hayes on Apr 14, 2013


why the hate? lol If Marvel did a similar tv spot with Loki you'll be calling it marketing genius lol

Clark Kentt on Apr 15, 2013


I am actually team MoS, just wanted full trailer...heh

dawko on Apr 16, 2013


General Zod > Bane/Mandarin

Tey on Apr 14, 2013


Genera Zod > Bane....yes But don't compare Mandarin with Zod. It's two different universes and we all know you're just saying that to stir the pot with the Marvel fans. Plus we haven't seen any footage of Zod or what he's capable of in "this" film. If you're basing your argument off of comics, well both villains are very formidable.

JBrotsis on Apr 14, 2013


hey, brotsis - it doesn't matter if you cross universes......because they're both FANSTASY worlds that do NOT exist - you're too wrapped up in this comic stuff to make a statement like that. as far as the villians in both movies - they both will be good because of the actors playing them. BK and MS are top-notch.

ogre on Apr 15, 2013


You don't exist.

David Banner on Apr 15, 2013


his lack of interest comes from the fact that he knows he is one hundred times more advanced than the humans he is addressing. we are so beneath him a message to us isn't even for us.

Mantis style on Apr 15, 2013


Now THAT's how you do it!

Akira Money ♕ on Apr 14, 2013


site contain look like, count down to the new trailer?

amril on Apr 14, 2013



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KneelsonofJorel on Apr 16, 2013


so sometime next weekend expect another superwoman trailer?

redskulllives on Apr 14, 2013


Who is superwoman?

CK on Apr 15, 2013


Supposedly this aired on TV during the MTV Movie Awards just now:

Tyler Hayes on Apr 14, 2013


It also aired during the Defiance premiere.

KorbenD on Apr 16, 2013


My only issue with this is that Superman fights for those who can't fight for themselves, not himself. There is no way Supes would ever battle Zod in a highly populated area, putting thousands at risk, just to save his own skin. I'm just hoping he does in fact surrender. He can't be seen by the public as the hero he is unless he first gives himself up for them. And obviously, Zod will not keep his end of the bargain. And before anyone says it, I'm aware that Batman did not surrender to the same ultimatum from the Joker in TDK, but the Joker was not capable of annihilating the entire human race in a day. I'm still VERY excited to see this movie and I haven't said a single negative thing about it up to this point. I'm sure they'll work it out.

Kev on Apr 15, 2013


Well, he could just take the fight out into the desert where there are no people.

$126191 on Apr 15, 2013


I'm totally listeing Cheap Trick's "Surrender" in the background of the transmition.

capitandelespacio on Apr 15, 2013


I had always kinda wished they did stuff like this with The Dark Knight (i.e. Joker's video warning). It just seems like smart marketing to me.

mandawg on Apr 15, 2013


Goosebumps all over.

ali3000 on Apr 15, 2013


My only question is what would General Zod want from Superman? What does he have that he can provide to him? That's something I really don't understand but I love the distorted transmission.

BinaryChaos on Apr 15, 2013


According to the timer on it is counting down to 12:25 pm UK time which is 04:25 AM (pacific) and 07:25 AM (eastern), seems like an odd time to count down to. Maybe I have decoded it incorrectly.

kaiser on Apr 16, 2013


"You have 24 hours..." is such a human thing to say due to OUR planet's rotation meaning one full day. That just seemed odd for Zod to say it.

mmjm on Apr 16, 2013


"My name is General Zod" Why would he say it like that? Doubt his name is General, its a title. Did they miss that or what?

huggan on May 28, 2013

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