After a decent amount of speculation, the Sucker Punch director has settled on the villain for Warner Brothers' Superman reboot: that great Kryptonian refugee, General Zod. As for the actor who'll play him ... well, that's something of a surprise.
Snyder has chosen Michael Shannon, the Oscar-nominated character actor who's been in Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire and—I'm sure it pains him to be reminded—Jonah Hex, to play Zod, the charismatic Kryptonian played by Terence Stamp in Superman II.
Given the relatively high wattage of the balance of Man of Steel's supporting cast—Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Pa and Ma Kent—Shannon's casting feels a little out of left field, but interesting, to say the least.
No word on whether Zod will be accompanied by his fellow Phantom Zone escapees, Ursa and Non, nor if the inclusion of Zod automatically eliminates the possibility of Lex Luthor making an appearance.
Here's the full press release:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder's new Superman film, titled Man of Steel.
Snyder stated, "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."
As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.
Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, from executive producer Martin Scorsese. He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics', Take Shelter, from director/writer Jeff Nichols.
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. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Man of Steel will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Oh, and it's officially Man of Steel ... no "Superman" to be seen in the title. Interesting.
(Via Bleeding Cool)