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See what fantastic character actor is up for a villain in the new SUPERMAN flick!

Published at: March 24, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a nice juicy rumor that puts a big smile on my face.

Michael Shannon is that guy who will always be spectacular no matter what the overall quality of a film is. He's been in big budget flicks, small budget flicks, TV... you name it, he's done it. Good films, great films, horrible films... he's done those, too, but he's always, always, always fantastic. Always. No matter how underwritten the character, there's just something about how he approaches his material that adds complexity.

And now, according to Mike Fleming at Deadline he's up for the unnamed villain in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot.

If this comes to pass then count me onboard. Michael Shannon is brilliant, but not the go to for studio tentpole projects. What I like about him is that he can play threatening and sympathetic at the same time, so no matter what villain he is Shannon will provide a real, palpable threat to Superman, something no movie has ever really captured... with Superman II coming the closest.

 

 

What do you folks think?

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  • March 24, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Great for Luthor

    by Edward_nygma

  • March 24, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Firsto

    by Witwiki50

    Sounds great!

  • March 24, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    That guy is kind of scary-looking.

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • March 24, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by kidicarus

  • March 24, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Nah...

    by jacksparness

    Should be Shannon Whirry...oh, and first.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    damn, was second afterall

    by Witwiki50

  • March 24, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    FAIL!

    by kidicarus

  • March 24, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Brainiac!

    by lloyddoblerlives

    That would be awesome!

  • March 24, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    He shall be portraying General Zod!

    by connor187

    Thats what I heard.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I loved him in Revolutionary Road

    by kidicarus

    I hope he channels that character for the role.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Shannon is prime villain material.

    by D Ropaela

    But holy fuck, does this site only pick up scoops from Deadline anymore?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Fantastic choice!

    by Aaronthenia

    Michael Shannon is so great and his performance in Revolutionary Road was wonderful. Would be great to watch him chew up the scene in Superman.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    He's brilliant in Boardwalk Empire.

    by alan_poon

    Could do without the villain being Lex Luthor again though.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I just hope it is a villain that hasn’t been in a superman movie before

    by Frank Conniff

  • March 24, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    metallo?

    by ORIONgods

  • March 24, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Is General Zod going to baptize Superman to death?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Heh. Little Boardwalk Empire reference there for you geeks. Yeah, he does "villainous" very well. I can see him as Zod or Luthor.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Didn't he play Eminem's step father in that film?

    by connor187

    Can't remember what it was called again?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah! Dude rules in Boardwalk Empire.

    by TSTEWIE

  • March 24, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

    by master_of_realty

    July 2012

  • March 24, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    This guy is a genius

    by Mr Soze

    It's a shame this guy is so under appreciated. He blew Leo Dicapiro and Winslet out of the water in Revolutionary Road and is phenomenal in Boardwalk...Top 5 living actors

  • March 24, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    8 MILE!!!!!

    by connor187

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue!

  • BAM

  • March 24, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Want a bad guy?

    by maxjohnson1971

    Just get Ben Foster. His bad guy in 3:10 to Yuma was one of the best I ever saw. As great as Crowe and Bale were in that, Foster stole the show as the bad guy. One of the only bad guy performances that really had me hating the son-of-a-bitch. Ben Foster is golden, baby. Golden I tell's ya!!

  • March 24, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Pedophile Man is a villain?

    by Jeditemple

    Uhhhhh...no.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Give us SUPERMAN à la FLEISCHER

    by master_of_realty

  • March 24, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Shannon is absurdly good.

    by Sardonic

    He could be great as just about ANY villain, regardless.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    good one, god’s father

    by Frank Conniff

    I fear that you may be correct

  • March 24, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN VS THE MOLE-MAN!

    by Professor_Monster

    Watch and see

  • March 24, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    That man needs to be bald.

    by David Cloverfield

    It would be a much better look for him. So my money's on Lex (Hurray! Don't make him the main villain, but he needs to be there.)

  • March 24, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    World's most underrated actor

    by donduck

    I'm serious. He is so damn talented that some of these ignorant people going 'who?' will regret asking that, after they see his work.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    How about Dinosaur Neil?

    by Frank Conniff

    Or the man-eating cow?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    He reminds me of a young Malcolm McDowell

    by CodeName

  • March 24, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    NO! NO LUTHOR!

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Damnit, Snyder, if you make Luthor your main villain... I'm going to... I'm... I'll probably still see the movie. I'm a Supes fan, through and through.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Great in BUG, too.

    by Anti-fanboy

    MS brings the intensity/realism like very few actors working today.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Isn't just about every actor "up for" a role?

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

  • March 24, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Inspired fucking choice

    by Chest_Rockwell

    This guy fucking eats every scene he's in like a fat kid at an all you can eat ice cream sundae bar.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    So the villain in this one is......

    by Loosejerk

    Extra #2?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    It will never happen

    by Bag_of_Hammers

    They'll never make a movie out of Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn, but I'd love to see Shannon play Gregor Eisenhorn.

  • March 24, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    He'd be an amazing Luthor

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    I don't care if people think Lex is played out, as far as I'm concerned we've still never seen the true Lex Luthor in any form of Superman media, even as good as Hackman was. He'd also be a good Brainiac.

  • March 24, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    "Wrestlemania! No way!"

    by Frat Boy

    He was that guy from GROUNDHOG DAY.

  • March 24, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Zod an inspired choice, No CGI needed.

    by Blaidd

    You know they cant think of an original villain even with the vast back catalogue of comics to pick from,They will rehash past scripts and lo and behold come up with Zod as an inspired choice of villain.think of the savings on special effects will be whispered in to ears.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    He was fantastic as Kim Fowley in "The Runaways"!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    In fact, I kind of hoped for a grassroots effort to get him nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "The Runaways", one of the grittier and more interesting films I saw last year. This is likely a good casting choice.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Gotta be Brainiac.

    by Broken_Bad

    Paint the guy green and make his head bald and bigger, and he looks exactly like Gary Frank's version of the character IMO, and he's fuckin awesome in Boardwalk Empire

  • March 24, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    The cast is shaping up

    by CornNut007

    ...to be very interesting. In a good way.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon

    by CornNut007

    Was the security guard of Tom Cruise's character in Vanilla Sky. Let's not forget that.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I hope Lex Luthor...

    by Oprah_Duke

    ...Ain't in this shit!!<p> How about having Anthony Mackie reprise the roll of August "Gus" Gorman?<p> Richard Pryor would approve this...

  • March 24, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Stick some neon green round bandaids on his head-

    by Charlie_Sheens_Coke_Numbed_Penis

    -and call him Braniac!

  • March 24, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    What Broken_bad said-

    by Charlie_Sheens_Coke_Numbed_Penis

    I type slow.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    ClasS act

    by robertplant

    Mike is a class act. I've been fortunate enough to meet and spend time with him in Chicago and he is very nice and down to earth. He stays involved in a lot of local theatre. He deserves the best.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    He was hilarious...

    by Ahastings

    ...as a white supremacist in Let's Go To Prison. As a comedy that movie was only about a 4 or a 5, but his (too few) scenes were a 10, making that movie just about worth checking out in its frequent cable rotation.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    BIZZARRO

    by tommyleespenis

    He looks just like Henry Cavill!

  • March 24, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    He was a KKK guy in Bad boys 2

    by tommyleespenis

    Maybe he'll play the same role here

  • March 24, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Harry Please call me

    by tommyleespenis

    It's your dear cousin-Barry Knowles

  • March 24, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Metallo?

    by Thanos0145

    It better not be Zod.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    First good news I've heard on this project.

    by UGG

    He was good in My Son My Son What Have Ye Done. He would have made a great Roland for The Dark Tower too.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    MICHAEL SHANNON IS A GOD!!!

    by RpgSama

    He was not only the only good thing, but a really great performance in The Runaways as Kim Fowley...

  • March 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Slap a beard on him...

    by JethroBodine

    Slap a beard on him and he's a pretty good ringer for Non (Jack O'Halloran) from Superman 2... http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1074827520/nm0641172 Might they be going that direction with him?

  • March 24, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Conduit, perhaps?

    by Geoff Clingan

    There's a character that no one will expect.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    as someone said..

    by gooseud

    the fact that the same guy plays van aden from boardwalk empire and Kim fowley from runaways is astonishing. talk about range.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    smart move.

    by Gabba-UK

    I think we should just leave Znyder alone to make this movie. He's making some good casting moves so far with this flick.

  • who considers Supes a threat for the world and will try to get support from the government to stop him.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    ShanNON!!!

    by alpeter3

    This is a no brainer. He's playing NON, Zod's mute henchman.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Non?

    by Spiderwalk

    Seeing the photo i immediately thought of Non.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Please, no more Luthor or Zod...

    by Boneyard

    Am I the only one sick of Luthor or Zod in the movies? Granted, we've never gotten the real Lex Luthor, the genius mad scientist of the Silver Age, but I would much rather get Brainiac or Darkseid or Doomsday or Mongul or Intergang or the frickin' Toyman over another rehash of the Donner movies. Please DC do a "Batman Begins" and reboot the hell out of Superman - just don't make him lame like Smallville or give him a stupid new costume.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Hack Snyder yanked off Superman in....

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...5... 4... 3... 2....

  • March 24, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I would've rather seen him cast as a villain in TDKR.

    by Delagoya

    But he'll still be great in Superman. He could play Luthor, Metallo, or Brainiac. Either way, he'll knock it out of the park.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Will people shut up with the Luthor hate?

    by Drath

    He can be in the movie and not be the ONLY threat. He's a staple of Superman's world, particularly if he's the wealthy Byrne version, any worthwhile movie can and should include him lurking in the background formulating his plans. Stop acting like him being in the movie automatically limits it--because that doesn't!

  • March 24, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Saw him in Groundhog Day the other day too

    by Aaronthenia

    Wrestlemania!!

  • March 24, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Metallo...

    by Monkey_King

    or Brainiac

  • March 24, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    "MACHINE! MACHINE!"

    by Delagoya

    Loved him in Bug.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    David Letterman

    by Chanoc

    This guy looks like an evil David Letterman! Anyway I think he´s an incredible actor and would definitely see him as either Luthor or Zod in the new Supes.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    chanoc, I was JUST ABOUT TO TYPE "he plays an evil David Letterman"

    by CountryBoy

    Freaky

  • March 24, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    BIZARRO #1

    by robogeek.com

    doctor_strangepork nailed it - Michael Shannon would be a staggeringly awesome, absolutely mesmerizing, gutwrenchingly heartbreaking BIZARRO.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Eradicator?

    by darthSaul666

    That would be cool. Or Mongul..... Luthor only if he's running LexCorp and somewhere off camera like Blofeld was in some James Bond movies or something.....

  • March 24, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    JAWS

    by MaxCalifornia.

    He has an amazing resemblance to Richard Kiel, who played JAWS in Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me. If they decided to 'reboot' that character, Shannon would be a great choice. Hmm, his Revolutionary Road director Sam Mendes is doing the next one...

  • March 24, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    by azi

    He´s perfect! Scared the shit out of me in Boardwalk Empire! Any idea who he´ll play?

  • March 24, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Kneel before Zod!

    by HiWayRobry

  • March 24, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Damn, that's good casting.

    by venvariants

    Wow. Seriously. Great work on the casting for this so far. Very exciting. Very exciting.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    There was already a movie with Zod!

    by kungfuhustler84

    Why would anyone wanna see the same guy again when Superman has so many wild nemeses? I personally like the Bizarro idea, but I could see him making a cool Brainiac too. I know they'll never put Mr. Mxzypltk in a movie, but a man can dream...

  • March 24, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I'm hoping Metallo.

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    Although Luthor, Zod, Brainiac, or Darkseid are also possible.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    he'd be a good brainiac

    by slappy jones

  • March 24, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    BOARDWALK EMPIYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • March 24, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Is it too late for Alan Smithee to "direct" Sucker Punch

    by matthooper8

    If not, this whole reboot might be done.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    They will never use inhuman foes for Superman

    by catlettuce4

    Darkseid and the rest? Forget it. Hollywood is obsessed with characters in these films being "human" (ok, Kryptonian maybe) so they can have their faces showing and can "act" (As if CGI/actor hybrid creations can't act, after we have all seen Gollum, etc.) Even the heroes almost always have their masks torn, etc. so we can see their faces. Everyone in these Superhero films tend to pull their masks off constantly when facing each other down. We will never, ever get a Superman movie where he fights an enemy that looks inhuman. Count on it.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    BIZARRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by zom-bot.com

    he'd be perfect for it. sad thing is, since this is 'superman begins' and we may not even SEE A SUITED SUPERMAN until the end or some shit, it's highly unlikely we'll see bizarro. but god, that'd be awesome. this guy's face and mannerisms are made for it.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    he does have a darkseid face too.

    by zom-bot.com

  • March 24, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Must be some in some 'in' shit like Mad Men.

    by Marat

    Damn I wish someone like DENIS O'HARE would get a villain role in a film. Now I'd buy THAT for a dollar!

  • March 24, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Watchmen was very good.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I still enjoy watching it.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I liked him in

    by kafka07

    everything the guy has ever done.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Zombot, I thought the same thing: He has a Darkseid face, but...

    by The Krypton Kid

    I figured it was just wishful thinking on my part. Darkseid as a Superman movie villain has enormous epic potential.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Love his lines in The Runaways...

    by Flexfill

    "Now buckle up and get ready for boot camp, babies -- you’re gonna be trained like the Viet fucking Cong. Okay, filthy pussies, today is Heckler’s Drill. These degenerates here are not your fans. They’re not here to tell you how pretty you look, they don’t want your fucking autographs. They want to hurt you. They want you to retreat. Do NOT." guy's a fucking geinus.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Superman was only believably threatened in the first movie

    by Nem_Wan

    Zod threatened to take over the world but he wasn't a threat to Superman physically. When Zod finally decides to make Superman his slave by threatening humans, it's apparent that all the fighting beforehand has convinced Zod that even a 3-to-1 advantage does not overcome Kryptonian invulnerability. Unless Zod would learn about Kryptonite from Lex Luthor and then find some, Superman could not be killed. Luthor is the only one who came close to killing Superman, in the first movie, by tricking him into opening the box containing Kryptonite. Tricking him, outwitting him, was far more devious than melodramatically stabbing him with a Kryptonite shard in Superman Returns. Nuclear Man almost killed Superman too, but Superman IV was too awful to feel any sense of involvement, except for one exciting moment when Alexander Courage unleashed John Williams' Nuclear Man theme during the Statue of Liberty scene. (IV is the only Superman sequel that Williams composed new themes for, arranged and conducted by Courage.)

  • March 24, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    If Zod is in this movie

    by smackfu

    then perhaps Shannon will be playing Non. He kind of has the look of a clean-shaven Non. And he can muster the menace to be the mad-dog that Non was supposed to be but couldn't quite pull off without seeming silly.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    To: nem_wan

    by matthooper8

    That was perhaps the most coherent, sound and true posts I have ever read on this site. What the fuck are you doing here amongst the douche bags, trolls, spammers and idiots?

  • March 24, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    GroundHog's Day

    by professorjack

    He was way young in that one

  • March 24, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Parasite

    by Andrew Coleman

    Only villain I could think of that would work for him.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    It has to be Zod

    by Carltonio

    He looks a little too skinny for Doomsday...

  • March 24, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The Simple Argument For Lex Luthor

    by JR

    The Byrne version of Luthor (and subsequent versions) make him one of the deadliest and most interesting villains in comics. Don't let the past 2 versions in the previous films (Hackman/Spacey) be the reason you're hating. Luthor should be the grand puppeteer of Metropolis. Obviously, there will need to be a physical villain(s) as well -- but Luthor can and should be there too, as he adds an excellent dimension to Superman tales.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    "I am THE VILLAIN OF THE STORY!"

    by JR

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vALtCw1yvm8

  • March 24, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Duh... BRAINIAC

    by Nachokoolaid

    You don't even have to paint him green to see that he's a dead ringer for Brainiac.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    RE: nem-wan

    by Larry Sellers

    Right about everything. But I would argue that Lex did sort of trick Supes into following him onto the Kryptonite-infused island in Returns, which weakened him. Just before the stabbing and whatnot.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    He was great in Groundhog Day!

    by BadMrWonka

    seriously...you think you're a film geek? I actually remember this guy's bit part in Groundhog Day. "Wrestlemania! How did you know?!" great actor, and just transcendent in Boardwalk Empire. he really deserves a Christoph Waltz type of role that will really catapult him onto the next level.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    fuck, I guess there are more film geeks here than I thought

    by BadMrWonka

    I'm like the 4th Groundhog Day reference. (I might be the only one that knows it's not "Groundhog's Day", though)

  • March 24, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Thought he would have been great...

    by bobsjohnson

    ...as a potential replacement for Ledger's Joker, if they had gone that route (not that they should have). This was based purely on his performance in Revolutionary Road.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Metallo or bust

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • March 24, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    or Parasite

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • March 24, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    fuck Zod and MISTA LU-THOR!

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Nothing personal but for me,Terrence Stamps and Gene Hackman owned those roles on the big screen, New Superman needs new villainous blood.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Shannon is a great casting choice for any movie...

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    He's been great in everything. Bug, Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire, Before the Devil Knows you're Dead. He deserves a big juicy role. Another extremely talented product of Chicago's own Steppenwolf Theater.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Got robbed in runaways.

    by UltraTron

  • March 25, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Robin: The Boy Wonder in Nolanverse

    by JR

    Question: If ROBIN is portrayed in a Batman film the way this new film HANNAH portrays the young chick, I don't see how that wouldn't be all sorts of AWESOME.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    LIVE ACTION DARKSEID (40 or so seconds in...)

    by JR

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9ZaOMmgOoI

  • March 25, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Lets get real. He would be an AWESOME Luthor....

    by thecomedian

    Though I think "New" Movie Luthor would benefit from a healthy mix of Byrne's billionaire sociopath and an actual scientific/criminal genius(with absolutely no, bizarre psychotic fixation with Real Estate). Basically evil Tony Stark.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    He looks like Metallo from the animated series

    by D.Vader

    How bout that?

  • March 25, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I have no idea who he is.

    by JuanSanchez

  • March 25, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Joker

    by sjfatty

    I always thought he'd be a good actor to take over the role of the Joker in any future Nolan Batman movies

  • March 25, 2011, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Whatever. Jusi don't tamper THE COSTUME DAMMIT !

    by Se7en

    I remember getting really excited with Superman Returns. Hyped to the extreme. And then the first of Routh in costume appeared on line. Ugh.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Please dont make him yet another old man with rock

    by Saen

    Make him a real villain! One of those ones who could kill superman without resorting to using a green rock; which if superman wasnt a complete moron could kill flying well out of range of the green rock with laser beams, or simply a well thrown regular rock.

  • March 25, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    The guy looks like a boring cunt. I'm not hating, just saying. I'm sure he says the same thing to himself when he looks in the mirror. Combing his hair, checking his smile, saying "you my man, are a boring cunt, lookin good" and then out the door to work.

  • March 25, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    If You Watch Boardwalk Empire...

    by LizardMan

    YOU"LL BEG WARNER BROS TO PUT SHANNON IN THE MOVIE. He's got such presence, and knows how to play unhinged, awkward and scary... sometimes in the same scene. He's the real deal.

  • March 25, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    It's really hard...

    by bee152

    for any villain to be a real threat to a man with super human strength and speed, the ability to fly, see through walls and heat vision. Let's be realistic, a rare piece of meteor is not a great weakness. With a hero of such qualities you either have to go big or go home when it comes to the villain. Probably why I have no interest in Supes, with all respect to the material and history.

  • March 25, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    The Only Worthy Superman Villain Is ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    Lobo. He'd throw Kal bastich's balls into the sun.

  • ...in BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT. Lex Luthor will not be in the first film, so Michael Shannon is not playing him. More than likely he will be playing General Zod, but we cannot be too sure until a script is leaked online. I just know it won't be Luthor. Also, I want to make another point to the idiots who believe that Zack Synder is in absolute control of this film. BULLSHIT! The executive producer Chris Nolan is the man pulling the strings. Nolan is the man who directed the megahit (and the best superhero movie of all time) THE DARK KNIGHT. He is the man in charge, so he will set the course for this film.

  • March 25, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I thought they'd already cast Viggo as the villain?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Did I miss something?

  • March 25, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    He'll play Mr. Mixy...Mxyaz...Mr Mxye...fuck it, he'll play Toyman.

    by captaincrazy

  • March 25, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Boardwalk

    by Madines Sideshed

    He's fucking ace in Boardwalk Empire, would bring some class to this movie.

  • March 25, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    enough with the Luthor!

    by peejnyc007

    does he have to be the villain in every Superman flick?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    probably going to be Zod's henchman

    by zom-bot.com

    if viggo is up for a role as a villain, and this guy is, i'm thinking zod and his big dude. next we'll hear of a female villain cast (have we already?) this news sucks though- i really don't think we need to see those three again anytime soon. i'm still trying to get the taste of the post-disco suits they wore out of my mouth.

  • March 25, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    This gives me hope

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • March 25, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Ahh

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    Fuck Superman and Snyder, this guy should be the Gun slinger in the Dark Tower flick

  • March 25, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Michael Shannon as Charlie Sheen in Superman reboot

    by jawsfan

    The best villains are the ones who are angry, are wealthy/well-funded, and bat-shit crazy.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    This seems like an awesome choice, its like a W.H. Macy thing

    by mattforce7

    lol, but his casting totally is...think about it

  • March 25, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Otisburg!

    by elkylos

    Otis ftw

  • March 25, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    really nice guy

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    as well as a talented actor. i met him in early fall while he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were filming Premium Rush for David Koepp. a decent chunk of scenes were filmed outside my now ex's apartment building. he seemed kind of embarassed when i brought up Cecil B. Demented but had some really awesome John Waters stories.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Warner Bros: Get Snyder off this film, and fast

    by Astronut

    As made crystal clear via all of his mindless, asinine films, Zach Snyder has no sense of nuance, no emotional gravitas. He is only good at directing action. And I doubt that is what the studio wants for the relaunch of Superman, helmed by Christopher Nolan. Is that what you really want? Nothing but glossy, over-CG'd, mindless action with zero emotional depth or nuance? Count me out.

  • because as the director, he can make or break any scene requiring a heartfelt approach. And nuance. Snyder knows "nuance" like Richard Simmons knows pussy.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    MICHALE SHANNON SHOULD BE THE LEAD-HE'S PERFECT FOR SUPERMAN!

    by uberman

    But no, they want boy-toy instead. Stupid. This guy looks classic Superman all the way around. How about making that kid they got for Sups be the bad guy for a change-I wish superman was played by a MAN for a change like he was supposed to be. And as for Snyder as director...it'll be a cool video game but not a movie.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Straight to DVD project surely???

    by genrefanboy

    Lame casting (apart from Costner/Lane). Hack director who is totally wrong for the material. I fear this will be worse than Superman 4!!!!

  • March 25, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    good news. plus- Snyder is perfect for this film.

    by THE_ONE_MAN_GANG

    a big fuck you to all of the idiots who want more of the same bullshit superman movies... boring shit. time for a fucking change. and of course, as soon as they try change, dumb fanboys say "no, we want the same!" so dumb.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Shannon for Bizarro

    by JIMBOCOP

    Make it happen.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH reviews SUCKER PUNCH:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    SUCKER PUNCH is conceptually alluring but laborious and visionless. And it is a nightmare for audiences looking for coherent fiction. It's hard to connect with a movie when it tries so hard to fool you; is this a dream, is it not, is it a dream within a dream? Who cares? Just commit to something and get on with it. A crushing bore. Snyder's latest is so slow and so confusing that you may actually fall asleep. Or wish you were really dreaming and could wake up and dream another movie. If you had to explain it to someone--and I'd wish you luck in doing so--you might say it's sort of like Charlie's Angels, but with Nazi zombies, airplane-eating dragons, and whole cities in flame. Only someone who never saw--or appreciated--Dark City would be able to call it visionary. What is the point of having an imagination, I ask you, if the only thing that can be imagined is mayhem, perpetrated without regard for even the appearance of human life? The story--about girls in a mental institution who detach from reality--often sidetracks in favor of cool visuals that don't necessarily make sense. None of this prattling drivel adds up to one iota of cogent or convincing logic. You never know who anyone is, what their goals are, who they work for or what they're doing. By convoluting the various planes of experience, by overlapping and obscuring ostensible realities and ostensible dreams, Snyder deprives us the opportunity of investing emotionally in any of it. If you recall the scene in DAHMER where Jeremy Renner as the deranged killer drills holes into his victims' heads, you'll know what watching this Freudian claptrap of a thriller is like. SUCKER PUNCH is a rather juvenile brain-teaser lacking an effective emotional core but bursting with cool visuals. Unlike the most powerful dreams it doesn't stick with you. If the career of Zack Snyder is any indication, we've entered an era in which movies can no longer be great. They can only be awesome, which isn't nearly the same thing. A false dawn.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    duh, geeks, its obvious he's BiZARRO

    by cj wellings

    BIZARRO indeed

  • March 25, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Brainiac, no doubt!

    by stlfilmwire

    How could it not be Brainiac? Works for me!

  • March 25, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    SUCKER PUNCH, reconsidered:

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Zach Snyder’s SUCKERPUNCH burst forth onto the screen like so much of my spunk onto the face of an Asian prostitute. 60 caliber loads skeeting her up proper. For all you ‘mo’s out there who adored 300.…just stay the fuck home. Snyder got it right this time by putting a whole shit ton of poon on the screen. The only thing missing was Malin Ackermans bare titties classing up the place. All the triumph of WATCHMEN, DotD, 300 and that owl movie are group sexed together into one mighty soft core wet dream. Emily Browning plays Babydoll. A luscious little bit, that battles dragons (penis), ninja swords (penis), samurai with mini guns (big penis) and never struggles to keep it sexy in the process. Will she make her escape? Will she win in the end? Will she be able to take all of Scott Glenn’s manhood? All these questions keep the plot ticking like a clock. It fluffs, squeezes and strokes the audience to full release. Another paragon of the industry. Hollywood should be throwing coke, hookers, money and any project he wants at the feet of Snyder. Thank God he is at the helm of SUPERMAN. With any luck Cavill will “Oedipus” Diane Lane and then Snyder should work in all these SUCKandorPUNCH bitches into Kal-El’s harem. Well done Zack. Full fledged Choppahood granted. 1,000,000 out of 10 stars. SEE THIS MOVIE.

  • March 25, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    me hope him am not* bizarro

    by zom-bot.com

    it would be refreshing to have an separate actor play bizarro- i think many directors would use the same guy who played superman. but it's a mistake. bizarro IS a different person, and only someone different could portray that effectively. otherwise, it'd be split screen stupidity, with your actor emoting to nothing when the characters actually meet. plus an early encounter with bizarro would probably amplify and help shape what superman actually should be- our superman. i think snyder is fine for the movie- his style is patently comic book. we love to stare at static images in comics- his slow mo was effective in that regard in watchmen. with the right creatives and script behind him, this could be the action-packed iconic superman we need...because supe returns was SO sleep inducing, we need VISUALS this time, thanks.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    i predict this:

    by zom-bot.com

    bizarro comes about to our world the same way or as a result of the way the other villain of the film does. i think as the main baddie starts plotting behind the seens, it will seem like bizarro is the main villain, but is really just a nuisance. by the end, bizarro and supes will have to work together to beat the main villain (probably zod, unfortunately) and bizarro will either die or sacrifice himself (offering to be the one to bring zod back to the whatever zone, physically), therefore becoming a hero himself, and probably teaching young clark the value of it. sure it's trite and formulaic, but so are comics. i could totally see this guy pulling off a bizzarro you kind of fear and sympathize with who by the end will make you like him. he emotes well. anyway, that's my 2 cents.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    poor choppa

    by cj wellings

    did you even read what you posted? you sounded desperate like a 12 yr, no, a 14yr old boy who found the jc penney catalog and wished for the bra section to become real....wow. how stunningly original. you can go anywhere in the world 24hrs a day and see a scantily clothed or nude woman. oh, then there's the internet. don't be so insecure about the men in 300. its gonna be ok!

  • March 25, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Glorious Godfrey?!! Okay, he's Metallo.

    by Ivan_Mtl

    Codename hit the nail right on the head when he said that Michael Shannon reminds him of a young Malcolm McDowell. As much as I would love to see him play Glorious Godfrey, or Morgan Edge in a Superman film that has Darkseid as its villian, he really does look like Metallo from the animated series. Actually, didn't Malcolm McDowell voice the character in the series or animated movie?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    He is totally fucking Bizarro

    by dahveed1972

    End of story.

  • March 25, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Treat Williams/Martin Kove for Gus Gorman....

    by SmokieGeezer

    Treat gotta eat, Kove got to Stove.

  • March 25, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    @doctor_strangepork, good idea on Bizarro

    by kevred

    A serious take on that character could be devastating.

  • March 26, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

    anyone know if the RT synopsis is legit?

    by joseyandtheoutlaws

    Just wondering if any of you know how much stock can be put in the following Rotten Tomatoes overview (found at http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/superman_man_of_steel/ ): "Super powered Clark Kent has travelled the world for years as a journalist trying to find his place in the world. Arriving in Metropolis, he realises his place and potential as the world's greatest hero: Superman. An immediate hero, he soon comes across the path of Lex Luthor, a business mogul who owns almost all of Metropolis through corrupt and illegal methods with the help of crime syndicate Intergang. Their battle is soon disrupted by the dramatic appearance of an alien ship and Brainiac, a rogue alien super computer who has come in search of an all powerful crystal. He recognises Superman as the owner of the crystal revealing his origin as an alien and holds the world to ransom in exchange for the crystal. Superman must find the strength to defeat Brainiac by using the full extent of his powers, will and hope for humanity and discover his true origins to become the greatest hero of them all." Seems like a promising premise. I think Luthor in a subordinate baddie role will do nicely here--hopefully not quite so much of the cuddly/conniving thing that Gene Hackman brought to the role alongside the Kryptonian outcasts in Superman II, though. And I could definitely see Michael Shannon in the role of Brainiac: the guy totally has a fivehead.

  • March 26, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    brainiac if rotten tomatoes synopsis is legit?

    by joseyandtheoutlaws

    Wondering how much stock can be put in the following Rotten Tomatoes overview (found at http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/superman_man_of_steel/ ): "Super powered Clark Kent has travelled the world for years as a journalist trying to find his place in the world. Arriving in Metropolis, he realises his place and potential as the world's greatest hero: Superman. An immediate hero, he soon comes across the path of Lex Luthor, a business mogul who owns almost all of Metropolis through corrupt and illegal methods with the help of crime syndicate Intergang. Their battle is soon disrupted by the dramatic appearance of an alien ship and Brainiac, a rogue alien super computer who has come in search of an all powerful crystal. He recognises Superman as the owner of the crystal revealing his origin as an alien and holds the world to ransom in exchange for the crystal. Superman must find the strength to defeat Brainiac by using the full extent of his powers, will and hope for humanity and discover his true origins to become the greatest hero of them all." I think Luthor in a subordinate baddie role will do nicely here--hopefully not as cuddly/conniving as Gene Hackman portrayed him alongside the Kryptonian outcasts in Superman II, though. And I could definitely see Michael Shannon in the role of Brainiac: the guy totally has a fivehead.

  • March 26, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    brainiac and bizarro:

    by zom-bot.com

    think about what stupid names those are for a second. a self aware computer being, who could go by any name in the universe, would still choose to call himself braniac? the name given to him by his creators? names like these are why i don't get into superman very much.

  • March 26, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    who he is, re: rotten tomatoes

    by zom-bot.com

    god, i hope the rotten tomatoes synopsis is bullcrap speculation. if it isn't- that changes my guess. i'd say he's lex, because i could buy him doing cold, cunning and jealous. if the casting of viggo mortensen is right, i'd say he's brainiac...the more recent incarnations of braniac have his face looking very slim and sallow, right? even in the past, his frame has been rather slim but fit- so i'm thinking viggo. and though i like both actors, that story sounds horrible.

  • March 26, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    His face would make a great Darkseid.

    by Uncle Stan

  • March 26, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I should probably have clarified that...

    by joseyandtheoutlaws

    ...I think the premise presented on Rotten Tomatoes is promising in so far as it moves away from that impulse to have the "well-known" Lex Luthor as the primary villain. I do share some of your apprehension, zombot: the story presented there has a bit of a hokey feel to it (I hope there's not too much emphasis placed on this "all powerful crystal," and I feel like we've already had so much screen time dedicated to Superman origin stories...frankly, I don't think anything will top Donner's vision in Superman: The Movie). And reading that synopsis again, I can't imagine that this is exactly what the studio has in store for this film. But we'll see.

  • March 26, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    "Bug" made me get up and take a shower!

    by Mandolorian

    Good actor, great choice!