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Michael Shannon cast as General Zod in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel

04.11.2011

Zack Snyder's new Superman film MAN OF STEEL (as it's now officially called) has found its General Zod! Warner Bros. today announced that the great Michael Shannon ("Boardwalk Empire", REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) has landed the role.

Here's Snyder on the casting announcement: "Zod is not only one of Supermanís most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others donít. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role."

Malice is certainly something that Shannon can effortlessly exude, so I'm with Snyder on that one. It's also the kind of part that could potentially launch the actor's career into a whole new level. Which, of course, would be terrific as he is one of the most underrated presences working in film/television today.

So, you dig the choice?
Extra Tidbit: That's Shannon in BAD BOYS II as KKK member 'Floyd Poteet'.
Source: JoBlo.com

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9:46PM on 04/12/2011

Awsome casting

i love this guy in everything I've seen him in...great choice...but what im the most excited to see is Superman actually FIGHTING SOMEONE....WITH HIS FIST!!! Iv'e been waiting a long time to see Superman kick some serious ass on the big screen,and with Snyder film we will finally get to see it!!!
i love this guy in everything I've seen him in...great choice...but what im the most excited to see is Superman actually FIGHTING SOMEONE....WITH HIS FIST!!! Iv'e been waiting a long time to see Superman kick some serious ass on the big screen,and with Snyder film we will finally get to see it!!!
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9:07AM on 04/12/2011
Donner's films were good for their time, but Hollywood needs to get over them.
Donner's films were good for their time, but Hollywood needs to get over them.
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8:55AM on 04/12/2011

Blah

Same old, same old. Very good choices with actors, but Zog again? I was annoyed with over-Zodding Smallville. What about a kick-em, drag-em-out, full scale battle with Metallo? Krypto-Terminator vs Man of Steel for 90 straight minutes = awesome!
Same old, same old. Very good choices with actors, but Zog again? I was annoyed with over-Zodding Smallville. What about a kick-em, drag-em-out, full scale battle with Metallo? Krypto-Terminator vs Man of Steel for 90 straight minutes = awesome!
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7:40PM on 04/11/2011
You know, would it had killed them to go with a whole new villian! I mean how cool would it have been to see someone new? The whole we want a fresh start for the franchise and get the same ole' villians...what a load of shit! I just hope it doesn't drag like Superman Returns or The Watchmen! Oh and before you say it...Lex Luthor will be in this movie! Who do you think Lindsey Lohan has been reading/audtioning with? The guy likely to play Lex.
You know, would it had killed them to go with a whole new villian! I mean how cool would it have been to see someone new? The whole we want a fresh start for the franchise and get the same ole' villians...what a load of shit! I just hope it doesn't drag like Superman Returns or The Watchmen! Oh and before you say it...Lex Luthor will be in this movie! Who do you think Lindsey Lohan has been reading/audtioning with? The guy likely to play Lex.
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7:37PM on 04/11/2011
How can anyone not think this is good news?
How can anyone not think this is good news?
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9:59PM on 04/11/2011
I like it, but the answer to your question can be found right above you.
I like it, but the answer to your question can be found right above you.
6:37PM on 04/11/2011
Shannon is a great actor, and although I can't instantly see him in the role I'm sure he'll do great. Not to thrilled about seeing Zod again, but because this reboot needs a fresh start, I can see how it makes sense to have Zod as the first villian of this new franchise.
Shannon is a great actor, and although I can't instantly see him in the role I'm sure he'll do great. Not to thrilled about seeing Zod again, but because this reboot needs a fresh start, I can see how it makes sense to have Zod as the first villian of this new franchise.
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5:26PM on 04/11/2011
I don't know why everyone is bitching about doing the same villains. Superman has pretty much only 2 good ones. Thats why they always went with Lex because he's the only INTERESTING one. Superman is dull anyway. "Hmmmmm how should we try and kill him this time?" Ummmmmmm I dunno Kryptonite? Lame.

Long live Doctor Manhattan.
I don't know why everyone is bitching about doing the same villains. Superman has pretty much only 2 good ones. Thats why they always went with Lex because he's the only INTERESTING one. Superman is dull anyway. "Hmmmmm how should we try and kill him this time?" Ummmmmmm I dunno Kryptonite? Lame.

Long live Doctor Manhattan.
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5:37PM on 04/11/2011
Yeesh, Superman pretty much only has TWO good villains!?!? You need to read some Superman comics. And not ONCE in the movies has Luthor been done justice.

But I have to agree with you on one pointL: Superman is kinda lame anyway.
Yeesh, Superman pretty much only has TWO good villains!?!? You need to read some Superman comics. And not ONCE in the movies has Luthor been done justice.

But I have to agree with you on one pointL: Superman is kinda lame anyway.
5:18PM on 04/11/2011

More with the same

Yet another Superman movie that is shaping up to be more of the same as the previous ones. I find it highly annoying that they keep making what is essentially the same movie over and over again.

Always the same characters. Hey WB/DC, would it kill you to try and do something with different villains????
Yet another Superman movie that is shaping up to be more of the same as the previous ones. I find it highly annoying that they keep making what is essentially the same movie over and over again.

Always the same characters. Hey WB/DC, would it kill you to try and do something with different villains????
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5:10PM on 04/11/2011
So when Snyder said this is the first Superman that doesn't acknowledge the others and stands on it's own he was just blowing smoke up our collective asses right? Why does Hollywood only pay attention to half the fan argument. We wanted someone for Superman to punch yes, but we also wanted someone we've never seen him punch before. Post Sucker Punch I have no faith or real opinion of this movie, I don't think it will be good but I also don't hope it will suck. Shannon seems like he'd be a
So when Snyder said this is the first Superman that doesn't acknowledge the others and stands on it's own he was just blowing smoke up our collective asses right? Why does Hollywood only pay attention to half the fan argument. We wanted someone for Superman to punch yes, but we also wanted someone we've never seen him punch before. Post Sucker Punch I have no faith or real opinion of this movie, I don't think it will be good but I also don't hope it will suck. Shannon seems like he'd be a better Luthor than Zod though which is another problem. And considering that Henry Cavill's Superman isn't part of the Justice League franchise I have no idea why they are making this movie and why any of us should care.
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5:20PM on 04/11/2011
I am with you 100%. They keep making the stupid Superman movie over and over.

Zod, Luthor!? AGAIN.
How about Bizzaro and Braniac??
I am with you 100%. They keep making the stupid Superman movie over and over.

Zod, Luthor!? AGAIN.
How about Bizzaro and Braniac??
4:39PM on 04/11/2011

WTF!!!

I like Michael Shannon, but Zod again? What the hell is going on with the new Superman? First, they hire the hack Zack Snyder, then include Kevin Costner, and now they've announced Zod as the villain? Didn't they learn with Superman Returns NOT to remake the original films? Bad idea, lots of bad juju on this one.
I like Michael Shannon, but Zod again? What the hell is going on with the new Superman? First, they hire the hack Zack Snyder, then include Kevin Costner, and now they've announced Zod as the villain? Didn't they learn with Superman Returns NOT to remake the original films? Bad idea, lots of bad juju on this one.
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5:23PM on 04/11/2011
Yeah, WTF WB/DC!? Give us a break with Zod! We want someone new and PLEASE get rid of Snyder. Hasn't he killed his career with Sucker Punch anyways?
Yeah, WTF WB/DC!? Give us a break with Zod! We want someone new and PLEASE get rid of Snyder. Hasn't he killed his career with Sucker Punch anyways?
4:10PM on 04/11/2011
seems like superman movies are stuck in a loop where everybody who does them keeps repeating everything over n over again. Zod again? if i didnt know any better i think him and Luther were his only enemies. I do like this actor saw him in Shotgun Stories and since then i wanted him to play some kind of Villain looks like i got my wish
seems like superman movies are stuck in a loop where everybody who does them keeps repeating everything over n over again. Zod again? if i didnt know any better i think him and Luther were his only enemies. I do like this actor saw him in Shotgun Stories and since then i wanted him to play some kind of Villain looks like i got my wish
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2:49PM on 04/11/2011
Come son of Jor El, kneel before ZOD!!
Come son of Jor El, kneel before ZOD!!
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1:43PM on 04/11/2011
I like this a lot he was really good in Boardwalk Empire
I like this a lot he was really good in Boardwalk Empire
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1:47PM on 04/11/2011
THANK YOU. Just read through all the posts and nobody had brought it up yet. Any doubters should look to his performance in this show FIRST . . .
THANK YOU. Just read through all the posts and nobody had brought it up yet. Any doubters should look to his performance in this show FIRST . . .
1:41PM on 04/11/2011
First, this guy is awesome. I have no doubt that he can own a villain role. Nobody should complain about his look. Second, I think all the casting choices have been good, but it doesn't matter, unless Nolan keeps a tight ass leash on Snyder.
First, this guy is awesome. I have no doubt that he can own a villain role. Nobody should complain about his look. Second, I think all the casting choices have been good, but it doesn't matter, unless Nolan keeps a tight ass leash on Snyder.
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12:56PM on 04/11/2011
Shannon is a good choice but I was betting my money for Viggo Mortensen on this role.. He was born to make General Zod.. But while the cast has competent actors in it im ok I guess..
Shannon is a good choice but I was betting my money for Viggo Mortensen on this role.. He was born to make General Zod.. But while the cast has competent actors in it im ok I guess..
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11:24AM on 04/11/2011
Ok I guess. If this one makes money I hope they FINALLY bring on some other villians, like Darkseid or Brainiac or even Doomsday! Hell, I'll take Bizarro at this point. Even though the Batman films used the Joker again and now Catwoman, every other villian has been someone new. Why does Supes keep getting stuck with either Zod or Luther?
Ok I guess. If this one makes money I hope they FINALLY bring on some other villians, like Darkseid or Brainiac or even Doomsday! Hell, I'll take Bizarro at this point. Even though the Batman films used the Joker again and now Catwoman, every other villian has been someone new. Why does Supes keep getting stuck with either Zod or Luther?
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10:44AM on 04/11/2011
The problem with Superman movies is that they (for some reason) always feel the need to tie it back into Krypton.

EVERYONE knows his origin - people can finally accept a man will fly, so why the emphasis on his Kryptonian side?

With that said, I'm glad their focus on Krypton is with someone as powerful as Zod, and not just about crystals and new continents..
The problem with Superman movies is that they (for some reason) always feel the need to tie it back into Krypton.

EVERYONE knows his origin - people can finally accept a man will fly, so why the emphasis on his Kryptonian side?

With that said, I'm glad their focus on Krypton is with someone as powerful as Zod, and not just about crystals and new continents..
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1:51PM on 04/11/2011
Theres too much emphasis on origins in general. People accept that some characters dress up and fight bad guys with superpowers. I never want to hear another director say "Now that we got through all that origin stuff we can finally get to the good stuff"
Theres too much emphasis on origins in general. People accept that some characters dress up and fight bad guys with superpowers. I never want to hear another director say "Now that we got through all that origin stuff we can finally get to the good stuff"
10:33AM on 04/11/2011

Wrestlemania!!!!!!

Sorry...quoting Shannon's line in Groundhog Day in my title.

Psyched that he's gonna be in the movie, I bet he makes us all forget about Terrence Stamp.
Sorry...quoting Shannon's line in Groundhog Day in my title.

Psyched that he's gonna be in the movie, I bet he makes us all forget about Terrence Stamp.
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11:19AM on 04/11/2011
No one will make us forget about Terrence Stamp...."KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!"
No one will make us forget about Terrence Stamp...."KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!"
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9:21AM on 04/11/2011
He's a great actor that his finally getting his big role after so many years. Great casting
He's a great actor that his finally getting his big role after so many years. Great casting
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9:10AM on 04/11/2011

bug!

saw him first in bug he was great.
great actor.
looks liek ma + pa kent = superman 1 and zod = superman 2.
i have no interest in seeing that again.
saw him first in bug he was great.
great actor.
looks liek ma + pa kent = superman 1 and zod = superman 2.
i have no interest in seeing that again.
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8:54AM on 04/11/2011
Don't know who Shannon is. I thought the leaked story dealt with Metallo? (unless that was debunked and I missed it.)Still not stoked for this. I never found Snyder's work to be dramatically strong despite looking great so, not sure what he's bringing to this aside from cool visuals.
Don't know who Shannon is. I thought the leaked story dealt with Metallo? (unless that was debunked and I missed it.)Still not stoked for this. I never found Snyder's work to be dramatically strong despite looking great so, not sure what he's bringing to this aside from cool visuals.
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8:38AM on 04/11/2011

i can't recall

Is this the crazy Marine guy who travels across the country to help with the clean up in World Trade Center?
Is this the crazy Marine guy who travels across the country to help with the clean up in World Trade Center?
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7:01AM on 04/11/2011
I have a feeling that the next casting announcement will be Lex Luthor. I can deal with it. But please, do not use Evil Scheme to create earthquake again!
I have a feeling that the next casting announcement will be Lex Luthor. I can deal with it. But please, do not use Evil Scheme to create earthquake again!
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6:55AM on 04/11/2011
Good. If they're seriously going to reuse characters that have already been done, at least they're getting people like this that can act their asses off.
Good. If they're seriously going to reuse characters that have already been done, at least they're getting people like this that can act their asses off.
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5:56AM on 04/11/2011

Cool...

Zod is a good choice for the first villain, because of his history with Kal-El! After him they can set up other villains for the sequel just like Batman Begins did...But the first movie should be all about what makes Clark and Superman special and Zod is supporting this perfectly, because they both have the same powers but using them for very different goals...
Zod is a good choice for the first villain, because of his history with Kal-El! After him they can set up other villains for the sequel just like Batman Begins did...But the first movie should be all about what makes Clark and Superman special and Zod is supporting this perfectly, because they both have the same powers but using them for very different goals...
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5:42AM on 04/11/2011

Thank God it's not Luthor again!

I still wish they had gone with Brainiac only because Zod has been done to death...but Shannon is an excellent choice.
I still wish they had gone with Brainiac only because Zod has been done to death...but Shannon is an excellent choice.
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4:23AM on 04/11/2011

Great Choice

This guy can act his ass off. Good choice for a "Character Actor". Will bring a deal of respectability to the role so long as it is secondary.
This guy can act his ass off. Good choice for a "Character Actor". Will bring a deal of respectability to the role so long as it is secondary.
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3:22AM on 04/11/2011
So happy about this. If anyone doubts Shannon just go and watch Shotgun Stories. It's one of the best films of the last 5 years.
So happy about this. If anyone doubts Shannon just go and watch Shotgun Stories. It's one of the best films of the last 5 years.
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4:30AM on 04/11/2011
Will definitely check that out! Not that I doubt Shannon, but I've been planning to see that since Chris Bumbray spoke well of it on the JoBlo Podcast a few episodes ago.
Will definitely check that out! Not that I doubt Shannon, but I've been planning to see that since Chris Bumbray spoke well of it on the JoBlo Podcast a few episodes ago.
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3:19AM on 04/11/2011

Perfect choice

I've been saying Shannon is the fucking man for years. He's gonna own this film like Ledger owned Dark Knight
I've been saying Shannon is the fucking man for years. He's gonna own this film like Ledger owned Dark Knight
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3:12AM on 04/11/2011
For those complaining that Zod is in this, just be thankful they didn't bring back Gus from superman III

As for the casting choice, he doesn't look like Zod but I'm hoping he can really pull this off. We need a down right mean and manipulative Zod.
For those complaining that Zod is in this, just be thankful they didn't bring back Gus from superman III

As for the casting choice, he doesn't look like Zod but I'm hoping he can really pull this off. We need a down right mean and manipulative Zod.
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3:11AM on 04/11/2011
I first saw him in Revolutionary Road and he nearly stole the movie for the just little over 8-10 minutes of total screen time he had in it.

I'm really interested to see how he's handled as Zod
I first saw him in Revolutionary Road and he nearly stole the movie for the just little over 8-10 minutes of total screen time he had in it.

I'm really interested to see how he's handled as Zod
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2:20AM on 04/11/2011

all I know is..

this guy banged Kim Basinger in 8 Mile.
this guy banged Kim Basinger in 8 Mile.
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1:45AM on 04/11/2011
Anyone else think he looks exactly like Emile Hirsch in that photo above?
Anyone else think he looks exactly like Emile Hirsch in that photo above?
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1:40AM on 04/11/2011
He's a good actor and will do a good job. I just feel that he wasn't the best choice.

I am more concerned with who is going to play Lex Luthor.
He's a good actor and will do a good job. I just feel that he wasn't the best choice.

I am more concerned with who is going to play Lex Luthor.
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1:27AM on 04/11/2011
*Yawn* Boring! If they want to make fanboys happy, they better end this movie setting up an all new villain, this repeat stuff has gotten really old.
*Yawn* Boring! If they want to make fanboys happy, they better end this movie setting up an all new villain, this repeat stuff has gotten really old.
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1:37AM on 04/11/2011
Agreed. It would have to be Darkseid. Anything less its blah.
Agreed. It would have to be Darkseid. Anything less its blah.
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1:26AM on 04/11/2011
Its as simple as this. Does this guy look like a General? ah... nope. New Zod needs to be at least at the level of a Terrence Stamp. Oh well...
Its as simple as this. Does this guy look like a General? ah... nope. New Zod needs to be at least at the level of a Terrence Stamp. Oh well...
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1:43PM on 04/11/2011
I hope you're trying to be funny. Cause I'm laughing. "look like a General . . . "
I hope you're trying to be funny. Cause I'm laughing. "look like a General . . . "
1:25AM on 04/11/2011

Yes!

This is a home run!
This is a home run!
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1:24AM on 04/11/2011
I first saw Shannon in "Bug", he was fearless in that role and left me stunned. He'll do nicely.
I first saw Shannon in "Bug", he was fearless in that role and left me stunned. He'll do nicely.
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