Why original big-screen Zod says it's 'sad' Man of Steel got made

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Jun 19, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

One of Superman's first movie villains isn't happy about Man of Steel, but not for the reasons you'd think.

Legendary English actor Terence Stamp, who played General Zod in both 1978's Superman and 1980's Superman II (which he considers his "comeback movie"), is one of many Superman-associated celebrities to give his opinion about Zack Snyder and David Goyer's new interpretation of the Last Son of Krypton in the last few weeks. But rather than hating the new interpretation of Superman's world, or blasting another actor for taking his role, Stamp describes himself as "ambivalent" about the film, because he simply doesn't think that anything can live up to the movies he was a part of.

"I think the movies that [Richard] Donner shot... they were the benchmark for every one of those comic-book movies that were made afterwards," Stamp said.

"So, in a way, it's sad, although it's a great compliment they're being made... I have my doubts that this new one... I'm sure it's bigger and better and louder, but I'll be amazed if it has the same kind of ironic humor." 

Though he might not eclipse Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor in the minds of some viewers, Stamp has certainly left his mark on the Superman movie mythos, and many viewers will likely still find him superior to Michael Shannon's new incarnation of Zod. So how does Stamp feel about another actor stepping into his part?

"I wish that guy the best of luck," he said. 

So while it seems he's certainly not wishing the current Superman movie creative team ill, Stamp definitely has his doubts about where the franchise is now. What do you think? Will anything ever eclipse the original Superman films?

(Via Digital Spy)