The casting announcements for Zack Snyder’s Superman movie are coming pretty fast and furious now, and over the weekend Warner Brothers decided to drop another major headline on us: the film’s main antagonist will be the very same villain that Christopher Reeve faced in his first two adventures, exiled Kryptonian criminal General Zod! In both Superman and Superman II, Zod was played by the great Terence Stamp, but for the new movie, they have cast Michael Shannon in the role. This confirms persistent rumours that Shannon had been circling the project, although I think many people suspected he might be playing Lex Luthor instead. The film’s title has also now been officially set as simply Man of Steel.
I’ll be curious to see how Superman fans react to this news, especially since many seemed so unenthusiastic about the possible return of Lex Luthor in this film. Zod is definitely much more of a physical threat, and while he is also a fan favourite, I can’t help but feel that they’re just repeating something that’s already been done before. Bryan Singer was accused of sticking too closely to the first two Superman films, and I was hoping that Zack Snyder would really strive to set his film apart from the rest.
As far as Michael Shannon goes, however, I think he’s a great choice for a villain. He has been great in such films as Revolutionary Road, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done and The Runaways, and he is equally fantastic in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He always brings an intensity to his performances that should fit the role perfectly. I just don’t know that Zod is the role I want to see him play. What do you think? Are you happy with this latest Man of Steel casting announcement?