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This is why I love Michael Shannon. See him talk about Zod!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm a big, big fan of Zack Snyder casting Michael Shannon as Zod. Well, to be fair I'm a big fan of Michael Shannon being cast in any movie... the dude's one of my favorite working character actors, the rare guy who can be the best two minute walk-on performance in a giant movie or the one that carries from beginning to end. His lead performance in Take Shelter, which I saw at Sundance, is unbelievable. So good. But he's also the best part about Revolutionary Road.

Anyway, I'm excited. This dude is great, he's a great choice for a heavy in a Superman movie and now some video appeared online of him speaking about how he got Superman. Seems like a dude you could just shoot the shit with and he wouldn't be worried about dressing everything up politically if you know what I mean. Hope you guys enjoy this brief video of Michael Shannon discussing Man of Steel and Zod.

 

 

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  • April 12, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    But I don't want Zod

    by Ghostpirate

    Not yet anyway. Can't we have another villain we haven't seen yet?

  • April 12, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Richard Kiel

    by nolan bautista

    the teen years

  • April 12, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I am optimistic about this....

    by tommyleespenis

    I think Shannon is great and I am looking forward to see what he does with ZOD....This is coming from a guy who absolutely hated the idea of another Zod film....Plus, I wonder what the Zod Costume will look like, definitely not a disco suit

  • April 12, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    He sounds drunk though

    by tommyleespenis

    But he sounds like a cool dude..

  • April 12, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    But can he say

    by Vindibudd

    KNEEL BEFORE ZOD? He'd probably say, "Hey dude, can you kinda maybe kneel, for just a little bit maybe?"

  • April 12, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Always creeps me out..

    by ShogunMaster

    when men sit with their legs crossed knee over knee. Just comes off as so feminine. I hope this guy is good, but without the euro accent, Zod isn't going to seem all that intimidating..

  • April 12, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    It's hard to get my head around anyone other than TERRANCE STAMP.

    by DoctorWho?

    I would love to have seen long stretches of dialogue between him and Reeve.<p> Hope this guy can reinvent the role well.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    And don't touch URSA! Sarah Douglas is a minx in that role.

    by DoctorWho?

    I'm sure you'd agree.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    he could pull it off...

    by nolan bautista

    he was good in "Lets Go to Prison"..he's got that "pissed off at the world" look that could work well in a character like Zod

  • April 12, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    This guy...

    by vettebro

    Doesn't fit the role of Zod to me. Zod is an egotistical power hungry megalomaniac. This guy looks like one of those pillow head, stoned guys you see in B movies. A poor man's Jim Brewer if you will. Seriously...General Zod? I don't see it.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I really think they could reinvent Zod

    by Larry Sellers

    into something way more complex and interesting than they did with Superman II. This guy seems alright, and I think there's a reason they're confident enough to reuse the character. But SHOULD they? No. The whole angle when they were considering the Returns sequel was that they wanted more action, a physical villain...Zod provides that. But they ought to try to wow the audience with something they haven't seen before. Build up to Zod with some minor alien villains. I know that's not happening, and this movie will probably be way better than I'm anticipating...I'm just disappointed.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    If I want to see Zod in action...

    by justmyluck

    ... I'll watch the Superman II DVD, otherwise not much interest in Zod v.2 after LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS and SUCKER PUNCH. No offense to Shannon; I'm sure he's got the chops for a baddie, and a lot of kids won't know Stamp's performance, anyway.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Yes, doctor who?, Sarah is a minx..

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...but the type who just wants to hold hands.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    I'm just so glad that they're FINALLY getting away from the Reeve films

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    by using a villain that was primarily created for them. BUT WAIT THIS AIN'T MY DADDY'S GENERAL ZOD. They're going to have him do something brutally sadistic to one or more of the Superman supporting characters so they can have an enraged Superman with glowing red heat vision eyes. Then we can have 90 minutes of CG cartoons throwing fake train cars at each other with Superman WASTING Zod at the end. FUCK YEAH

  • I'm curious as to what he can do with the role. Loved the comment about the studio wanting to know if they have 'chemistry'. Either leave the director and his team to make the movie or make it yourselves. Bet directors on Fox movies get that every day.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    not impressed

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    I like him as an actor I guess but I've never heard him speak out of character before...he sounds like every film school reject I went to school with...just a complete zero who backed into some kind of career...damn if I didn't love his work I'd have ZERO faith in his ability to pull this off

  • April 12, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    70+ years of stories and they can't come up with anything new.

    by Monkeybrains

    Really, really unbelievable.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Everyone can keep sucking this guy's dick...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Over how great an actor he is, but it's not going to make me want Zod in a new Superman movie anymore than I wanted him in one yesterday, today, or tomorrow. Give us Brainiac!

  • April 12, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    We sure he's playing Zod and not Non?

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Because he sure looks like Non to me.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Totally lacks the presence Terence Stamp had ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Could be brilliant could be shite ... time will tell. Me, I would have begged William Fichtner to do it.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    WTF? ZOD?

    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

    I have to agree with all of the people who are bitching about ZOD being the villain in the new Superman movie. No more rehashing shit! Give us Brainiac! Metallo! DARKSEID! We really don't need to see Zod again.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Shannon's a great actor, BUT...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    as Zod??? this could be terrible miscasting.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Is Shannon the new Walken?

    by force_fed

    I mean... the speech pattern isn't AS jazzed, but damn he's hard to peg down. Ima start practicing just in case.

  • All you new directors, Singer ! Snyder ! Nolan ! Bow to Richard Donner ! He is again proven to be the Man of all Superman films. Everything must stem from the holy grail of all Superman films. Ah. so next thing they're going to change is the costume to GET AWAY from STM as the primary objective. Don't change the costume dammit. Donner didn't invent the costume. He made it true to the source material.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    No doubt.

    by Joh Doe

    Michael Shannon'll smash it. The guy interviewing him was a knob. Why can't he imagine him watching Superman? Not much of a stretch is it? And he horribly misuses the word genius. Tool.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    he looks and acts like a retard

    by chien_sale

  • April 12, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Was there vodka in that water bottle?

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Shannon seems like an odd duck, but a cool dude at the same time. This clip shows what a tremendous actor he is. Very different in life than he is in Boardwalk Empire for instance.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    You sure this guy isn't going to play Otis???

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    'Cause it seemed like he was going to belt out "Mistah Lu-thaw" any second. The guy's like the ANTI-Zod. At least Terrence Stamp's coolio version. Which doesn't bode well to me... :(

  • April 12, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    Cos he sounds ...

    by OhWhatTheFeckEver

    ... drunk or laid back in the clip, you think he'll play Zod that way?!? It's called 'acting'! Most (not all, but most) actors don't play parts as themselves. Bitch about his portrayal when you've seen it, ffs!

  • April 12, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    I guess General Zod will escape the Phantom Zone

    by buggerbugger

    ...by gazing into its mirrored surface and shattering it with his hideous fucking golem face.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    "Who is this imbecile? Where is he?"

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • April 12, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Isn't he little young to be a general?

    by MotherPussBucket

    I mean, maybe Captain Zod or something, but General?

  • April 12, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Lex Luthor

    by Henry Fool

    I never bought how Lex Luthor was such a lapdog to Zod in Superman II, still my favorite Superman film after all these years. They should have had Lex using kryptonite to control the Krypton refugees. I can live without Lex Luthor. I hated the last Superman movie so I pretty much want to distance myself from memories of that as much as possible.<br /> <br /> I just hope Snyder doesn't pen the script himself. He's a good director who doesn't quite of the chops. Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen were all works that were considerably flawed, although highly watchable.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:02 a.m. CST

    He just seems so wrong for the role of Zod.

    by Johnny Wishbone

    I don't have very high hopes for this film.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Zod does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Seems to me this guys impressed everyone as a supporting actor or a character actor... Is that because he utterly lacks charisma or gravitas? Cos that's the way he seems. More of a wimpy William H Macy type - long fucking way from Terence Stamp. Poor casting imho. I was hoping for Daniel Craig!

  • April 12, 2011, 4:27 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "This is why I love Michael Shannon. See him talk about Zod!" Cos he prattles on in a stoned meandering way about not being able to turn air conditioning off? Quint, 'this' is why you love him?!

  • April 12, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    He'll make a GREAT Zod

    by HelmetBoy

    But I also think he'd have made a fantastic Luthor. Whoever get's cast as Lex is going to have their work cut out being more intimidating than Shannon. Terrance Stamp s a legend, but I never really believed he could kick Christopher Reeves Ass. With Shannon cast in the role I think Cavill is going to have to watch his arse... That sounds perverted.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    but can he act in slow motion???

    by vulturess

    i like shannon since i saw him in bug but not enough to make me want to see this. this superman sounds like a platinum dunes friday 13th remash remake.

  • April 12, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Every hateful comment here is unmerited

    by NateHawg

    This guy has done nothing but shine on screen in every roll he's ever taken. Shannon is a dynamic character actor amongst an exceptional cast. Zod is fantastic villian we've seen ONCE. Over 3 decades ago. Enjoy being haters, ya bunch of goddamn trolls. I for one am just looking forward to enjoying a fun Superman movie. I guess fun is just too much to hope for.

  • April 12, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    No, no, no...

    by kubricksnutsack

    This guy is no more Zod than I am. I am sure he is a fine actor, but it is going to be a hard to wrench the role away from Terence Stamp. The big question is whether or not they'll get him to play Zod as a menacing Englishman or a New York bum. "Hey Supes, get on ya knees and suck on dees potatoes, buddy..." It's going to stink, isn't it?

  • April 12, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Looks like a young Stacey Keach there

    by DirkD13"

    He has a lifetime pass for the awesome that is Agent Val Alden. I really don't get why people are bitching about him acting "stoned-like" (I smoke a lot of weed, this guy aint stoned at all). He just seems like a mellow, down-to-earth guy who just happens to be the shit when it comes to acting. Stamp is obviously great as Zod, but do you seriously think that nobody else could do it just as well but different? I agree with the people who say "great actor, but let's have a new villain please".

  • April 12, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    Not Zod?

    by huskerdu2

    He's a good actor and a physical presence. Last thing you want is a Stamp clone. It'd be terrible.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Zod is a cheaper villian

    by Rik J.

    I bet choosing Zod over somebody like Braniac, Metallo, or Doomsday is a budget choice. Not a lot of CG animation and effects goes into Zod other than his fight or flight scenes. The rest of the villains in the Superman mythos, would cost a lot of bank to bring to the screen. Until WB is willing to back a Superman proper, we are getting stuck with Lex and Zod.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    I think they'll try to make Zod frendlier, less cackling evil

    by David Cloverfield

    He's just going to have some disagreements with Supes about what to do with Earth.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    It's Kind Of Zen?

    by NeonFrisbee

    *rolls eyes*

  • April 12, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    This is why he will be good

    by robertdee

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKe2le6CvKg

  • April 12, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    looks like theres a troll loose!

    by tommyleespenis

    Another geek bitching incessantly about a movie they haven't seen yet

  • April 12, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Zod is wearing Ugs....

    by cineninja

    .....and crossing his legs demurely. This will be the Marquis de Zod.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Zack Snyder always has fantastic casts...

    by Mickster_Island

    ...Whether you loved or hated 'Sucker Punch' you have to admit that the casting of Oscar Isaac as the orderly/mob boss was ingenious. He was unknown but familiar, so his creepiness was able to reach a pitch of intensity that if he were just familiar, he wouldn't have had; if he were unknown you wouldn't have ever wondered if he was safe. And Scott Glenn: what the hell? That was excellent! Emily Browning as Babydoll was inspired. She's not sexy because she's got curves or is showing us everything. She's sexy because there's just something about Browning that is mesmerizing. Snyder, or whoever is doing his casting, is fantastic. (And don't forget the casts of 300 (Lena Headey), Watchmen (Jackie Earle Haley), and Dawn of the Dead (Sarah freaking Polley).)

  • April 12, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Neonfrisbee

    by Aaron

    Exactly what I thought. "Listen to the universe." Christ almighty, shut the fuck up you nonentity. These actors and their sycophants make me want to smoke crystal meth until I die.

  • Because any comments after seeing them about how he won't work will just be obvious lies.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    THIS guy...

    by Aaron

    ...is annoying as all shit. I can't read this movie. Someone above said it better than I could: feels like a Platinum flick.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Girlie leg crossing?

    by BizarroJerry

    C'mon, folks, Stamp in his little goatee and glittery disco suit wasn't exactly the most masculine character. And saying that a guy's real personality means he's not a good choice? That seems as silly as assuming DeNiro is a bad actor because you can barely get him to speak in an interview. It really annoys me that so many people have no imagination, and can't picture Zod as acting any way other than Stamp in Superman II. Especially after all the bitching about the laast flick's adherence to Donner! And people wonder why the "fanboys" get such a bad reputation. It's just one interpretation, one performance. It's possible Shannon's version is going to be creepier, maybe some kind of cult-like leader. His acting on Boardwalk Empire, stone-faced, self-righteous, extreme religious attitude... maybe that's this screenwriter's version.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    We don't care what YOU want....

    by Eric

    You're not funding the film. So, STFU!

  • April 12, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Edgar Ramirez = Non

    by elsewhere

    Not officially announced, but he definitely looks the part.

  • Dude is a very good/great actor and can play various types of roles. He will by fine.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Michael J. Fox

    by Daniel2010

  • April 12, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I agree with natehawg all the way

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    This guy is great in everything and has much to offer the Zod character. And for the people saying 'no new ideas blah blah'...Superman isn't a new idea in the first place. I know, I know. There are still many unused villains BUT Zod is a great choice. Imagine Superman forced to kill the only other survivors of his planet because what (earth made) prison could hold them?

  • April 12, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    What's with the boots

    by thalvar

    Napoleon Dynamite fan?

  • April 12, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    RIP Tom Cruise's career...soon

    by darthderp

    Scuttlebutt is, since he's in that Rock of Ages movie, he's seeking singing help from Axl Rose's vocal coach. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • April 12, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Did anyone complain...

    by MangoPositive

    ... when Nolan brought the Joker back for ANOTHER Batman movie? They even stuck Two Face in it AGAIN!!! With all the available villains, they KEEP USING THE ONES THAT MOVIE AUDIENCES ACTUALLY WANT TO SEE!!! This should be, like, indie fan service! (Most of Superman's villains suck)

  • April 12, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Re: Boots

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Seriously, wtf

  • April 12, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    The problem with Zod

    by Ghostpirate

    Is that IF he is the main villain then it would impact the way the world sees and embraces Superman. By the time Zod comes along the world has fallen in love with Superman and really come to depend on him. Then this other superpowered guy comes along and shows what would happen if the powers were used for evil. Superman's first outings on Earth should be about him, being this unique, super powered person, stepping up and saving the world. That's it. It should be about him, not him fighting another person who is like him. That should be saved for another film. Hopefully he isn't the main villain, but rather, he is just being introduced before Krypton gets destroyed. Maybe that's why they went with a lesser name. It's easier to get them to do a small part and wait in the wings until another movie.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Why does he sit like a fag?

    by Jaster

    Just sayin'.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Cast Terry O'Quinn as Lex Luthor

    by cekma

    LONG LIVE LOCKE!!!!!!!!

  • April 12, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    we don’t know how zod will be used in the film yet

    by Ye Not Guilty

    I'm willing to give snyder the benefit of the doubt for now. Hopefully snyder has something up his sleeve and man of steel won't come across as merely a rehash of the Donner films.

  • Fucking interviewer just drops it like he doesn't give a shit that he's talking to Zod!

  • April 12, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    zod is it................doesnt matter what we want

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    we just need to deal with it. my guess is this version of zod will be pretty far removed from Terrence stamp's incarnation.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    This must be Richard Kiel's son

    by SadTruth

    First time I saw him was in Boardwalk. Awesome actor, just perfect for the role. But man, he IS Jaws. Just needs the weird bump on the forehead to be 100%.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Bored now.

    by REPSMAN

    Zod ... again. Ugh. How unimaginative of the WB as usual. How can they get Batman so right in this new iteration and fuck up Supes so bad? Enough of this "going back to the well" nonsense. Yes, Superman 2 was great (Except for the giant seran wrap "S" symbol) — but let's move on already. You would think they might have learned something after Singer's debacle. Luthor and his land schemes was tired enough. Now rumors of Ms. Teschmacher making a return? Double ugh. Actually, I don't even care if there is Lex Luthor in this train wreck at all. Definitely don't need Zod or any other Kryptonians. Here's a whacky idea — why not check out the last 30 years of the comics and see if you can get an idea from those. God, I hope the final product's got polar bears and giant robot spiders. Oh, and if they do have Lex (and you know the WB will comply — with every Superman film), they better get the casting right. Fuck Billy Zane, he can't act worth shit. JASON ISSACS (The Patriot) in the ONLY choice for Luthor. Best Casting EVER!

  • April 12, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Stamp's Zod seems a bit...theatrical? in retrospect

    by darthderp

    Next time you're watching Supes 2, listen to some of his delivery. Not to say the man's hamming it up, but he's definitely chewing a bit of the scenery. Probably just having a good time with the role, perhaps. To do it different, maybe this Zod will just be a cold-blooded SOB who would rather rip out Kal-El's heart instead of making him kneel in servitude.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Sarah Douglas, on the other hand, was hot as hell

    by darthderp

  • April 12, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Sounds like one of the Dead End Kids.

    by cookylamoo

    Or maybe Moe on the Simpsons.

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  • April 12, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    kamaji--SHAAADDDUPP!!

    by darthderp

    Bloody vikings....

  • April 12, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Shannon really is the best thing in RR

    by DannyOcean01

    Blows you away in every scene he's in, and makes DiCaprio and Winslet look like lost children in that forest walk moment. Also great in Shotgun Stories.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Oh, and people who freak out over the knee crossing

    by DannyOcean01

    Are serious closet cases.

  • April 12, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    I can't sit that way

    by twogunjames

    Because I have testicles and it hurts them for me to sit that way. Still, I think this guy is a great choice for ZOD. He is excellent in Boardwalk Empire.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    theThe leg crossing is odd and he sounds like huntz hall...

    by mypalfish

    but he is so good on Boardwalk Empire that I can't see how he won't make a decent Zod. But that interviewer is such a self-important douche.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    doesnt knee crossing smash your nuts?

    by elsewhere

  • April 12, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Loved him in Jonah Hex!

    by Jaster

    And yes, that was a joke.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    The three of us will crush the son of our jailer...

    by bufordtannen

    You gotta like this guy. He doesn't seem to have much confidence in Cavill though, which is a shame coz you gotta like him too. Oh well. It's a shame Snyder's such a talentless cunt, and Nolan's such a serious motherfucker, this film coulda been fun. Maybe the sequel will be...

  • April 12, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    i love hearing actors talk about being the scenes

    by smudgewhat

    stuff in detail like this. even the audition process. it's interesting. i'm not super excited that Zod is back in the mix but if it works, then it works.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    the interviewer is a stuck-up asshole

    by Adelai Niska

    He acts like Superman is beneath Shannon, then he runs down Snyder's directing of a fucking screen test. Way to seem above it all, douchebag. I'm sure your friends think you're cool now.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    sitting with his knees crossed

    by v3d

    Look at those empty water bottles. The dude probably has to take a wicked leak.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Fake Celebrity Death Notices

    by NeonFrisbee

    Did I say "rest in peace"? I meant "please go away now". We get it. It's not funny. It's dumb.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Leg crossing thing

    by Transhuman

    I remember back in like second grade we used to joke about how only girls sit like that and make fun of any boy that sat that way. Ahh, second grade.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for the inevitable Green Lantern's toes TB

    by Transhuman

    It's gonna be hilarious

  • April 12, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    ...sighs and sadly shakes his head...

    by solitaire

    "I'ts terrible miscasting" "The guy is a good actor, but completely wrong for this" "This is going to sink the whole movie" "I won't see this because of the casting" "Epic Fail"... Gentlemen, may I present Heath Ledger and Daniel Craig.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Fuck zod

    by redkamel

    He's a lame villain. In Superman II, ok I get it he's fine. Good choice for a sequel. But for a reboot I would think you want a mysterious, intellectual, powerful villain (ie braniac, darkseid etc) or a cool fun adventure (the 1940s serials come to mind. Zod is just a boring villain...essentially an evil superman. Not too tough to figure out this scenes.

  • Google it if I've stumped you.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    His best role was in "Groundhog Day".

    by Jack Kovack

    WWF tickets, that's all I have to say.

  • April 12, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Ignorant fucks

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    whining about this casting need to actually check out some of the guys works. This movie still might be total balls, but it certainly wont be due to them casting Michael Shannon as Zod. And yeah, that interviewer, what a twat.

  • April 12, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    ZOD WEARS UGGS

    by Ray Garraty #47

    That's all I got

  • April 12, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    You dumb short sighted bitches hate everything...

    by thecomedian

    This guy may look like a life-sized Christopher Walken bobblehead but he's one of the best fucking villains you'll ever see on Boardwalk Empire and he was the only good thing about The Runaways where he was also basically the villain. You short sighted bitches need to sit down and have a nice warm cup of shut the fuck up with marshmallows. The only problem for me about this casting is that as awesome as he will be as Zod he'd probably make a 100 times better Lex Luthor, the evil scientific genius/sociopath Morrison did in All Star Superman mixed with a bits of Byrne's "Evil Donald Trump" bit from the 80's (not some idiot real estate hustler who lives in the sewers.) He'll be a great Zod though because at least he'll make the character his own. Personally I always wanted Jude Law for the new Zod and Helena Bonham Carter for Ursa but they'd really just be copies of Stamp and Sara Douglas. I'll be glad to see a fresh take. General Zod is an awesome villain. Donner's real intent that got fucked when Richard Lester took over was to show how dangerous this guy is. I mean he came very close to taking over Krypton in a military coup without Superpowers so how much more fucking dangerous would he be with them. Plus it puts a darker more realistic spin on how the world would view Superman. If Zod shows up 1st and then this boy scout in a red cape from the same planet shows up second and kicks his ass people would be quite so trusting of Superman. He'd have to earn the world's trust with Luthor trying to convince the rest of the world that he's a threat. Yeah, it's kind of like turning Superman into Spider-Man but not completely.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    No Zod!

    by bat725

    Are you listening to the fans, WB? You think the backlash from the Vulture on Spidey 4 was bad? NOBODY WANTS TO SEE ZOD!!! Bring Brainiac, Luthor with his armor, Doomsday, Darkseid, Bizarro, Conduit, or Mongul. I know Superman doesn't have the strongest rogue gallery, but he has a good 6 or 7 villains that can make an action-packed Superman movie trilogy easily. Come to think of it, most super-heroes only have about 6-7 good villains in their stable, so I don't see what all the talk is about regarding the lack of good Superman villains. I have absolutely no faith in this movie (especially after Sucker Punch) with the announcement of an origin redo and Zod as the villain. I'm telling you now, expect the worst for the costume.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    thecomedian

    by blakindigo

    is correct. End of line.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Wow i'm so excitezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    by Arkhaminmate001

    Let me make a wild stab at the Superman story...we'll get Zod shouting and lotsa slomo flyings & explosions a plotline about kryptonite being made into a weapon to kill supergayman, lotsa slooomooo explosions, intense stares into the middle distance, lois lane whipping her hair back n forth, lotsa sloooooomoooooo explosions, CGI CGI CGI CGI everywhere, oh and lotsa slllooooooooooommmmooooooo explosions. Think i'll wait for in to drop into the bargain bucket along side suckerpunch

  • April 12, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Get ready to Kneel!

    by DJTripp

    I, for one, am pretty damn excited about this flick now! It's got a shitload of indy cred, which might help it along with the comic geeks. Say what you will about Watchmen, but I thought it was fantastic. If he brings half of the awesomeness he did on that movie Superman is gonna rock! And to all you haters that are talking shit about Shannon, then you probably have never seen any of his movies. Hell, his performance in "Boardwalk Empire" is good enough for me!

  • April 12, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    He's not gonna use that accent, is he?

    by Royston Lodge

    General Zod by way of The Sopranos?

  • April 12, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Yes to Brainiac. Fuck no to Luthor in his armor!

    by Royston Lodge

    I hate, hate, HATE Luthor in his power armor. It's fuckin' lame. What makes Luthor such a great character is that he doesn't need super-strength or super weapons because he has his super brain instead.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    rise_of_fett

    by smackfu

    Why, is that how your dad sits too?

  • April 12, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    That guy is totally high

    by D o o d

    I thinks he took some magic potion before the interview!

  • April 12, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "Blow him a kiss my dear!"

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • April 12, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Henry Cavill still all wrong for the part

    by smackfu

    The thing about Superman is, he has to be the MAN in the room. You know? Any time Christopher Reeve was in a scene, there was no question who was in charge. And Cavill will never be that. He'll be the boy dressed as Superman in the scene. He'll never possess the sense of inherent authority that Superman needs to exude.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    thecomedian

    by TDH1138

    Well said, Sir. I also agree I wish he was Luthor, but you know what, I'm fine with Zod being the first villain in a Revamp. I'm hopeful for Luthor in the Mix as the Billionaire in Public/Evil Scientist behind the doors. Shannon is FUCKING CREEPY AS HELL and I think he'll be awesome.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I've accepted that this isn't going to be what I was hoping for, but

    by inkingeekX

    I swear on every god that has ever been worshipped, if they fyck with the suit, I'm going to declare jihad and drop a dirty bomb in the middle of goddamn Warner Studios

  • April 12, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    at least they're not ending on Zod

    by elsewhere

    I'm guessing this will be a trilogy deal. Start with Zod, end on Brainiac or Darkseid. Sounds good to me.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    arkhaminmate001

    by inkingeekX

    You forgot the patented Zack Snyder slo mo front kick-there's two of three in every movie-shit, even the owls did it

  • April 12, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    He's already checked out

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    He's treating it like the world's foremost heart surgeon being asked to remove a splinter from some kid's finger. Awesome!

  • April 12, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    elsewhere

    by inkingeekX

    If there's a trilogy-it won't be WB...that's why they're rushing this-to make money before they lose the rights

  • April 12, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    YOU WILL BOW DOWN BEFORE ME JOR EL BOTH YOU AND ONE DAY YOUR ASS!

    by MRJONZ72

    I mean Heirs!

  • April 12, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    "Geez supa-man, you gonna kneel befor' me or what?"

    by cookylamoo

    Zod via Brooklyn.

  • It will all be settled. You honestly think they're going to let their flagship character for whole their fucking superhero universe go. Really? You're a fucking idiot. Of course they're gonna pay the Siegel kids their fuck off money. This movie will just be made before they have to start paying a larger cut to The Siegel kids or whatever deal they workout.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    and yes, I have shitty grammar.

    by thecomedian

  • April 12, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    HUH? Is this mother fucker drunk???

    by Paratrooper_Activity

    Uh ...I'll have to just trust in Snyder because I would have cast Drew Barrymoore as Zod before this drunk. hmmm. I hope he proves me wrong.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    daniel2010

    by billyhitchcock1

    PLEASE DON'T EVER FUCKING JOKE ABOUT THE DEATH OF MICHAEL J FOX!!!! YES THE CAPS ARE NECESSARY. CUNT.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    the best actors are kinda unassuming dorks...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... like shannon - i dont mean this as an insult - regular people when not acting - completely inhabits a character when acting - shannon is a great actor - he will nail zod the way ledger nailed the joker

  • April 12, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    First of all....

    by joevfx

    Everyone said theycoudlnt see anyone in the role as joker before Heath ledger now everyone only sees Heath ledger. Second I guess none of you guyshave seen Michael Shannon in boardwalk empire. He is so god damn good. He will own Zod better then that cheesy performance in superman 2.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Wow, Snyder's casting is weird.

    by AnnoyYou

    An ancient Lois Lane, a Zod who should be playing the other big hulking bearded guy - weird. I'll always think of Zod as being handsome and scary (ie, Terence Stamp). Well, Shannon has the scary part down. This is shaping up to be as bad as the last Batman.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    It will do Superman Returns numbers or worse

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    mark my words.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    mrjonz72

    by kiwicanuck

    Hahahaha -"Both you...and then one day...your ASS!!" Man, I thought this was what he said for the longest time. As a little kid I thought this "bad word" gave the line a menace it wouldn't have if I knew it was 'heirs.' Never mind that it didn't make any sense at all...

  • April 12, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Kneel before Zod...now open your yapper.

    by kiwicanuck

  • April 12, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon is going to RAZZLE 'EM, DAZZLE 'EM...

    by Jet Jaguar

    ... RAZZLE-DAZZLE 'EM.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Johnnylarue, Mustachioed Hipster Douche Jimmy Olsen would OWN....

    by thecomedian

    "Yeah, I'm in a band called 'Superman's Pals' but I just do this photography shit to pay the bills...Yeah, my dad owns The Planet but still." "I can't stand Superman, he's so pedestrian. But I did designed this cool iphone app that allows me to prank call him using a signal only he can hear with his super hearing." "Lois you should totally come to my ugly sweater party."

  • April 12, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Why is Zod an INBRED HILLBILLY?

    by Raymar

    Damn you, Snyder!!!

  • April 12, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I thought the idea was to get away from the Donner Francise?

    by killianx

    I mean isnt that why they did a cast overhaul and not using the the perfect Superman Theme? So in order to brake away from the original series, the 2nd Superman film of this generation will have the same Villian as the 2nd Superman film of the previous generation. Hollywood Logic for ya!

  • April 12, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannons casting as zod

    by irishdude

    I havent seen Michael Shannon in much but have been following Boardwalk Empire on SKy Atlantic, am watching episode 12 right now and if there is any doubt in his casting ,watch the first ten mins of this episode, the look he gives the guy he hits is pure Zod , an evil terrifying presence , cant wait to see him in Man of Steel coz he brings danger , every time !!!

  • kids these days. i swear.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Bad as the last Batman...

    by kiwicanuck

    I think that's just baiting. Using The Dark Knight as a bar for shit is just too obviously moronic.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    You whiny, vaginal haters are gonna eat crow.

    by jedimast3r

    This guy is the most talented name attached to the project thus far. This is MOS' Gary Oldman. Shannon is amazing and it gives me the hope that I was lacking for this film. <p>I hear the voices of the same trolls who hated on Ledger for The Joker. And what did he do? He turned that shit inside out. (Though I don't particularly care for Nolan's Bat-verse.) <p>The funny thing is that you people will air your stinky V'Gees here but you know you'll be lined up for a midnight showing when it comes out.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Oh and if any of you didn't pop a chubby when...

    by jedimast3r

    ...Amy Adams was spread across the bed in The Fighter are either homosexual (nothing wrong with that) or are just here bullshit posturing in these TBs. Dont forget she showed a headstrong, confident, convincing tough-girl thats not afraid to brawl, with the sensitive side to match in that role. Also, with a healthy dose of bitch. If those aren't prerequisites for Lois Lane, I don't know what is. <p>I was sold on this project with Amy Adams, my favorite working actress today. Shannon's news made it even sweeter.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    The last thing left that frightens me....

    by jedimast3r

    ...is the "Clark finding a reason to be Superman" crap. If it's not handled at least similarly to Superman: Birthright then this could fail by script alone.

  • loving it

  • April 12, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Superman's greatest foe...

    by strosmer

    Zack Snyder. After seeing Sucker Punch tonight, I fear the Man of Steel is doomed! Snyder's previous efforts, flawed as they've been, weren't total disappointments for me. At least they entertained to one degree or another. But Sucker Punch? Sheer fanboy pandering - nothing more. It easily ranks as one of the most pointless movies I've ever seen, and after watching it, all I can say is, "In Snyder, I do NOT trust!"

  • April 12, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    sounds like he belongs in a Boston 7-11 at 3 AM

    by corplhicks

    hardly a zod sounding guy

  • Fuck if they're going to indirectly remake Superman II why not get an IT girl for Superman III's prime blond tail.

  • And I hate this movie now,

  • April 13, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST

    this TB is funny

    by HongKongCavalier

    I'm a comic fan who has problem saying: I've always found Superman boring. I just found an indestructible superhero boring. Yeah, I know there's the Kryptonite (and the Crayola Box varieties that affect him in different ways) and his weakness to magic ... but that put extreme limits on what could pose a threat to him. Yeah, I'm also aware that he was given this "Guardian of Earth" complex in order to give him a non-physical weakness; but, imo, it wasn't enough. I guess that's my way of saying this casting doesn't bother me because Shannon IS a good actor (and for those twits complaining about his accent/speech pattern, go look up a Bob Hoskins interview then compare it to most of his roles). I want a superhero where you (at least) think there's a chance he might lose or even get seriously hurt (e.g. Bane breaking Batman's spine) If they do it correctly, since it's the Origins Episode, Green Lantern will be have problems with the color Yellow because it's not until LATER that he learns *SPOILER*) ... and I dunno what to think about there not being a Donald Blake in Thor. Anyway, I honestly (i.e., non-troll believe) that since there have been SO many Superman movies already AND Smallville has been running for so many years, there's NO NEED to do a conventional Superman movie (and absolutely NO REASON to re-introduce characters already introduced) Go a different route ... go Legion We already know JLA is coming soon, so why not use the Superman solo movies to introduce non-JLA characters? meh ... *kanye shrug* doesn't really matter, just sayin'

  • April 13, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    dang it, that should've been

    by HongKongCavalier

  • April 13, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    "... has NO problem saying ..."

    by HongKongCavalier

  • April 13, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Zod

    by Henry Fool

    It seems appropriate for Superman to take on another Kryptonian in his origin film. Lex Luthor and Darkseid for the sequel. And Doomsday for the third.

  • April 13, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Villians in Smallville...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...I appreciate I am going to flamed alive on this talkback for being a fan of Smallville, however I have to say that despite flaws the show has managed to have Luthor, Metallo, Doomsday, Brainiac, Darkseid, Zod, Toyman and others as bad guys. If a TV show can be creative with the magnitude of Superman's foes then I cannot understand why the latest features cannot. If they are going to do Zod, they should have just made a direct sequel to Superman Returns. This film sounds like a condensed version of Smallville anyway. This will not outgross Superman Returns. Mark my words.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    they can't introduce new characters in movies

    by Rupee88

    I think they think the public is too stupid to learn a new character. They are right but the public is stupid but not sure about their logic on this one. So more Luthor and more Zod and nothing new because that is more "risk"....pussies..

  • April 13, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    One thing with good actors....is they're good actors.

    by Super Joker

    If you were to judge Heath Ledger on how he behaved in real life you'd think "Man, he's gonna suck as The Joker....look at him all humble and shy and awkward, that's not The Joker! This will be a disaster! FAIL Nolan, FAIL!" Yeah, wouldn't be very wise.

  • April 13, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Smallville, despite being an entertaining popcorn TV show

    by Super Joker

    ...is a load of deeply flawed, cliched, cheesy shit most of the time and almost every villain in it has been translated into a somewhat-laughable version of the comic. Smallville's version of Doomsday was more in line with something from Twilight.