Michael Shannon is Zod in Superman: Man Of Steel

Will play the villainous General

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Michael Shannon has signed on to play Kryptonian villain General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, now officially titled Man Of Steel.

Shannon landed the role after first choice Viggo Mortensen was unable to find a gap in his schedule to commit to the superhero reboot.

“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,” says director Snyder.

“Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”

Zod was most famously played by Terence Stamp in Superman II, but - like Snyder - we’re convinced that Shannon’s the perfect choice for Snyder’s new interpretation of the villain.

While some Superman fans may be wary of Snyder's involvement in the reboot after his critically-lashed Sucker Punch failed to impress, there's no doubt he's assembling a formidable cast for Man Of Steel.

Shannon joins Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.

Man Of Steel opens December 2012.

Are you excited for Snyder's Man Of Steel? Or worried he won't deliver? Talk to us below...


    • BruceShark

      Apr 11th 2011, 9:29

      Oh, this is a remake of Superman 2 then. Zod again......Boring.

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    • unopeneddoor

      Apr 11th 2011, 10:56

      Snyder is a terrible director, and Zod doesn't interest me.

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    • mcghater

      Apr 11th 2011, 16:47

      you two are fuc'ing idiots

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    • BruceShark

      Apr 11th 2011, 17:45

      And you're a idiot for thinking this will be anything other then a steaming pile of horses**t.

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    • mcghater

      Apr 11th 2011, 19:03

      well see shark ill just bookmark this page to throw in your face after its released

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    • BruceShark

      Apr 11th 2011, 19:34


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    • fuzzydunlop1

      Apr 12th 2011, 1:21

      Lotta love in the room tonight...

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 12th 2011, 22:47

      Great choice, Shannon was outstanding in Boardwalk Empire.

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    • TheEnigma

      Apr 13th 2011, 15:53

      Sucker-Punch was critically panned by who...?

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    • willow138

      Apr 13th 2011, 22:59

      @TheEnigma i know right! I quite enjoyed it. Was a visual treat. Also I agree with @dalidab1982 they are far more interesting villains than Zod. Although Callum Blue made him exciting again in Smallville. Blue and Cavil already worked together on The Tudors too. I hope Shannon is as good as Blue was. I think it is good Snyder isn't doing a Lex film to start because thats the obvious choice but Zod is next in that line so pfft. Bring on Brainiac i say

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