Viggo Mortensen definitely not Zod in Superman: Man of Steel

Zack Snyder rules it out

While Zack Snyder is busy promoting Sucker Punch, it seems that everyone's more interested in asking him about Superman: Man of Steel.

He's not giving much away, but in a chat with Latino Review he did confirm, sadly, that Viggo Mortensen would not be in the movie, saying: "Yeah, Viggo is not going to be in the movie, let's say that right now, I can clear that up."

It doesn't rule out the character of General Zod, but it's a shame Viggo won't be involved, as he could have been a formidable adversary for Supes.

The remainder of his answers were nowhere near so definitive. When asked if the film would feature Kryptonian mythology, Snyder responded: "I can't say because it gives too much away, but it's safe to say that we have a great respect for the character."

On the topic of strong female characters in the movie, Snyder responded "I can't say of course. I wish I could straighten it out for you at this moment but I can't really."

Unsurprisingly, Snyder's response when asked if Man of Steel would be '[Lex] Luthor-less' was: "I can't answer that."

So far, Superman: Man of Steel has Henry Cavill cast in the title role, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner have been confirmed as Ma and Pa Kent.

Sucker Punch is set for release on 1 April 2011, while Superman: Man of Steel is tentatively pencilled in for December 2012.

With Viggo ruled out, who would you like to see as General Zod? Can there be any truth to the Daniel Day-Lewis rumours? Comment below!


    • BruceShark

      Mar 23rd 2011, 13:08

      Well done Viggo for keeping away from this sure-fire turkey.

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    • blade32

      Mar 23rd 2011, 13:23

      gutted! Mortensen would have would have been ace as a baddie for sups! still, at least we've got costner. its all looking ace

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 23rd 2011, 14:30

      Have you seen him as Lucifer in Prophecy? He was really scary in that, made a more credible demonic entity than Al "HE'S A ABSENTEE BLAHH-BLAHH!" Pacino

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 23rd 2011, 17:03

      Nobody puts Aragorn in the corner. Viggo for The Saint Of Killers in The Preacher !!

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    • joker16

      Mar 23rd 2011, 17:39

      Of course, Viggo's too talented for that S H I T. WINNING !!!

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    • mrblonde

      Mar 23rd 2011, 17:48

      I am really looking forward to Snyder's take on Superman and so far, am happy with all the casting decisions that have been made. The only thing I wish they would do is go with another villain other than Zod or Lex Luthor for a change. It's not even as if they don't have any good villains to choose from. Superman's rogues gallery might not be on the same level as Batman and Spiderman but it's also not as limited as characters like Hulk and Daredevil. Also, if Daniel Day Lewis does get cast in the new film, I hope it is as Jor-El as opposed to Zod.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Mar 23rd 2011, 23:30

      Nah, just boom tube to the ultimate baddie... Darkseid!

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 24th 2011, 1:19

      Superman has always been a problem to film. No-one but Richard Donner can seem to get the tone of it just right. The Richard Lester versions (2 and 3) were derided for relying on slapstick. Smallville is ok but Chloes unconvinving character is a poor-mans Buffy reject and grates the moment she opens her blathering motormouth. Bryan Singers had its moments but were lost in too much pondering and sulking and too little heart in mouth set-pieces...Im sure Snyder will do a good job, hes a better man than most in bringing comics to life (hello Mark Steven Johnson) but Im not goin to get excited about it. Having said that the yanks must be getting peed off of all the Brit actors nicking all the comic legends. (Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Prof X and Magneto).

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