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Will the new Superman have to fight Viggo Mortensen as the new Zod?

02.25.2011

In case it wasn't already a foregone conclusion, Zack Snyder's relaunch of SUPERMAN will find the Man of Steel facing a fellow Kryptonian, the villian General Zod.

According to Heat Vision, Warner Bros. and the filmmakers want to get Viggo Mortensen for the part of Superman's evil equal.

We already heard the project was seeking an Ursa, so it's no surprise that Zod (previously played to perfection by Terence Stamp) is also going to bust out of the Phantom Zone and mix it up with new Supes Henry Cavill. Seems like the latest presentation of the classic comic character is going to be fresh, yet still quite familiar...

Mortensen could certainly make a deliciously devious baddie (witness his brief appearance as Lucifer in THE PROPHECY as evidence). But he's also reportedly still in talks for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, so it's unclear if he would be able to do both.

The new SUPERMAN story was penned by producer Christopher Nolan, bro Jonah and David Goyer, and also has Kevin Costner mentioned to play Clark's adopted parent Pa Kent. An appropriate Lois Lane is still being sought.

Extra Tidbit: Can you think of a better Zod?
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1:15AM on 03/02/2011

Noooooooo!

For the love of all that is good and holy! Could they please make a Superman movie with a villain we haven't seen before!? Give us Darksied, Brainiac, Doomsday, anything but Lex or Zod. The Superman universe is huge. The movie doesn't even have to be set on earth. Tons of great stories about Superman take place out in the galaxy. How about a War World Superman movie. That would be cool.
For the love of all that is good and holy! Could they please make a Superman movie with a villain we haven't seen before!? Give us Darksied, Brainiac, Doomsday, anything but Lex or Zod. The Superman universe is huge. The movie doesn't even have to be set on earth. Tons of great stories about Superman take place out in the galaxy. How about a War World Superman movie. That would be cool.
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6:55PM on 02/28/2011
Viggo is amazing and this could be another role for him to take in history. Sounds like someone actually knows wtf they're doing. Chris Nolan and team respectively... please keep bringing our heroes (and villains!) to the big screen!
Viggo is amazing and this could be another role for him to take in history. Sounds like someone actually knows wtf they're doing. Chris Nolan and team respectively... please keep bringing our heroes (and villains!) to the big screen!
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8:52AM on 02/28/2011
Love this casting choice....he could own this role.
Love this casting choice....he could own this role.
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8:31AM on 02/28/2011

WHAT THE FUCK???

Zod???lets hope that this is a rumor. The two Kryptonians in 'All Star Superman' were better foes. Hell, the writing for 'All Star Superman' was spectacular. Zod???? what the fuck...at least have brainiac threaten the world or something, or even doomsday...but motherfucking Zod??
Zod???lets hope that this is a rumor. The two Kryptonians in 'All Star Superman' were better foes. Hell, the writing for 'All Star Superman' was spectacular. Zod???? what the fuck...at least have brainiac threaten the world or something, or even doomsday...but motherfucking Zod??
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8:14AM on 02/28/2011

Tidbit

Tidbit: Gary Oldman

Put him as a villian in every movie from here on out and I won't mind.
Tidbit: Gary Oldman

Put him as a villian in every movie from here on out and I won't mind.
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1:02AM on 02/28/2011

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Gerard Butler.
Gerard Butler.
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11:39PM on 02/27/2011
Viggo is awesome don't get me wrong but Zod is the dumbest idea for a relaunch-re whatever. with out one of the following and this movie will fail; lobo, darkseid, or doomsday.
Viggo is awesome don't get me wrong but Zod is the dumbest idea for a relaunch-re whatever. with out one of the following and this movie will fail; lobo, darkseid, or doomsday.
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8:52PM on 02/27/2011
I like the actor... but not the choice of villain.
I like the actor... but not the choice of villain.
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7:48AM on 02/27/2011

Viggo as a villian?

I'd watch the shit outta that.
I'd watch the shit outta that.
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7:45PM on 02/26/2011
I actually thought Mads Mikkelsen would make a great Zod. But Viggo is a much better actor and even looks kinda similar to Mads.
I actually thought Mads Mikkelsen would make a great Zod. But Viggo is a much better actor and even looks kinda similar to Mads.
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11:04PM on 02/26/2011
And on what, my young padawan, do you base your assumption that Viggo is "better" than Mads?
And on what, my young padawan, do you base your assumption that Viggo is "better" than Mads?
3:25AM on 02/27/2011
As you probably know, they are both Danish. (Well Viggos father is from Denmark.)
As you probably know, they are both Danish. (Well Viggos father is from Denmark.)
11:27AM on 02/27/2011
Yeah, and they are both great, but I'm curious and slightly offended that Viggo is thought better than Mads. If anything, not having seen all their films, I'say Mads has more versatility and charisma than Viggo.
Yeah, and they are both great, but I'm curious and slightly offended that Viggo is thought better than Mads. If anything, not having seen all their films, I'say Mads has more versatility and charisma than Viggo.
3:01AM on 02/28/2011
You just plucked the strings of awesomeness in my mind!!
You just plucked the strings of awesomeness in my mind!!
6:16PM on 02/26/2011

Batman Anyone?

Personally I was hoping for a new villain, preferably Darkseid but Vigo as Zod rocks my boat.

However, there's a lot of whining about Superman facing Zod again. Need I have to mention the villains Batman has faced - Two Face (Twice), Joker (Twice) and now we are getting Bane and Catwoman AGAIN!
Personally I was hoping for a new villain, preferably Darkseid but Vigo as Zod rocks my boat.

However, there's a lot of whining about Superman facing Zod again. Need I have to mention the villains Batman has faced - Two Face (Twice), Joker (Twice) and now we are getting Bane and Catwoman AGAIN!
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3:02AM on 02/28/2011
We didn't have to wait over 20 years for a new Batman.
We didn't have to wait over 20 years for a new Batman.
5:35PM on 02/26/2011

If Viggo's in, the script will be killer

he's got good taste in scripts so if he's in, that means good things for this film. And no, I can't think of a better Zod: Viggo's been one of my favourite actors since Prophecy, LotR and Eastern Promises.
he's got good taste in scripts so if he's in, that means good things for this film. And no, I can't think of a better Zod: Viggo's been one of my favourite actors since Prophecy, LotR and Eastern Promises.
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5:29PM on 02/26/2011
Please no Zod or Lex Luthor in the next Superman movie! Bring Brainiac or Bizarro instead!
Please no Zod or Lex Luthor in the next Superman movie! Bring Brainiac or Bizarro instead!
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5:01PM on 02/26/2011
when it comes to villains,

Vigo the Carpathian > Viggo Mortensen
when it comes to villains,

Vigo the Carpathian > Viggo Mortensen
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3:30PM on 02/26/2011
nice to see viggo do a more theatrical role since he's been going all fuckin method for a while (which worked out fuckin great lol) so yeah this is going to be fun to watch.
nice to see viggo do a more theatrical role since he's been going all fuckin method for a while (which worked out fuckin great lol) so yeah this is going to be fun to watch.
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3:22PM on 02/26/2011
+ On Viggo, - on Zod.

However, they need to remake the SM costume for this one imo. Skip the red underpants on the outside of the suit.
+ On Viggo, - on Zod.

However, they need to remake the SM costume for this one imo. Skip the red underpants on the outside of the suit.
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3:26AM on 02/27/2011
A quick googleing and this is what I mean. A costume similar to JJ Abrams version:

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A quick googleing and this is what I mean. A costume similar to JJ Abrams version:

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2:50PM on 02/26/2011
I can say, if he DOES sign, I am interested. Viggo Mortensen is one of the few actors who can make interested in a movie simply for being in it. So if he signs on Supes, then I'm actively interested. If he signs Snow White, I wanna see it, too. He's just that good.
I can say, if he DOES sign, I am interested. Viggo Mortensen is one of the few actors who can make interested in a movie simply for being in it. So if he signs on Supes, then I'm actively interested. If he signs Snow White, I wanna see it, too. He's just that good.
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2:18PM on 02/26/2011
Is Viggo good enough for this? OF COURSE he is; he'd probably do an amazing job.

I just feel it's absolutely ZERO progress for HIM.

He's way too good to play a villain nowadays; he's come close to receiving the Oscar for crying out loud. I just think this is a step backwards for him.

Nah, stick to someone who's known for playing a solid villain, if you're bringing Zod back into the picture. Don't turn to someone who makes only a couple of movies a year and is ever walking the fine
Is Viggo good enough for this? OF COURSE he is; he'd probably do an amazing job.

I just feel it's absolutely ZERO progress for HIM.

He's way too good to play a villain nowadays; he's come close to receiving the Oscar for crying out loud. I just think this is a step backwards for him.

Nah, stick to someone who's known for playing a solid villain, if you're bringing Zod back into the picture. Don't turn to someone who makes only a couple of movies a year and is ever walking the fine line between character roles and Oscar-caliber performances.
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10:40AM on 02/27/2011
yea this makes about as much sense as heath ledger playing the joker right?? (sarcasm)
yea this makes about as much sense as heath ledger playing the joker right?? (sarcasm)
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2:17PM on 02/26/2011
"Zod let his towel fall to the floor and whacked Kal-El across the face with his testicles. Fight over."
"Zod let his towel fall to the floor and whacked Kal-El across the face with his testicles. Fight over."
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8:35AM on 02/28/2011
roflmfao
roflmfao
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1:39PM on 02/26/2011
I feel like everything Mortensen has done over the last fifteen years has been amazing. A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Road are all great movies. If Viggo is in the new Superman movie as a villain (Zod or otherwise), then I'm sold.
I feel like everything Mortensen has done over the last fifteen years has been amazing. A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Road are all great movies. If Viggo is in the new Superman movie as a villain (Zod or otherwise), then I'm sold.
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1:17PM on 02/26/2011
If they HAVE to re-use Zod, I think VM would make an awesome replacement.

Personally I'd rather see Parasite, Braniac or Metallo before Zod again..
If they HAVE to re-use Zod, I think VM would make an awesome replacement.

Personally I'd rather see Parasite, Braniac or Metallo before Zod again..
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1:17PM on 02/26/2011

Sounds great to me.

But if it doesn't work out, I nominate Joe Pesci.
But if it doesn't work out, I nominate Joe Pesci.
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12:57PM on 02/26/2011
Viggy Viggy Viggy
Viggy Viggy Viggy
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12:30PM on 02/26/2011
Just watched Superman Returns again last night. A great movie, and I'm sad its not getting a sequel. If it were, we'd be seeing Brainiac or Doomsday as a villian again, instead of Zod again. Viggo is great in everything, so I'm sure he'd be good as Zod. If they were going for a Terrence Stamp style, I could Jude Law also working. Anybody will be better than that guy who played Zod on Smallville.
Just watched Superman Returns again last night. A great movie, and I'm sad its not getting a sequel. If it were, we'd be seeing Brainiac or Doomsday as a villian again, instead of Zod again. Viggo is great in everything, so I'm sure he'd be good as Zod. If they were going for a Terrence Stamp style, I could Jude Law also working. Anybody will be better than that guy who played Zod on Smallville.
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12:11PM on 02/26/2011
Yea I wish they would have gone with a new villain too, but at least Sups has a villain he could actually fight...I mean, Superman has these amazing powers and then has to face Lex Luthor, a guy he could kill with a flick of his finger.....But with Zod, we will see Superman in full action,and with Zach Snyder behind the camera you know it will at least be visually stunning.
Yea I wish they would have gone with a new villain too, but at least Sups has a villain he could actually fight...I mean, Superman has these amazing powers and then has to face Lex Luthor, a guy he could kill with a flick of his finger.....But with Zod, we will see Superman in full action,and with Zach Snyder behind the camera you know it will at least be visually stunning.
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12:02PM on 02/26/2011
Great casting if true, but I gotta echo what people are saying- been there done that, but It'll be good- hey what about Bizarro- now that I'd love to see!
Great casting if true, but I gotta echo what people are saying- been there done that, but It'll be good- hey what about Bizarro- now that I'd love to see!
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11:40AM on 02/26/2011

Life others have said

Apparently Superman's only villains are Lex Luthor and Zod. Nevermind Brainiac, Metallo, Parasite, and....oh yeah.... Doomsday.
Apparently Superman's only villains are Lex Luthor and Zod. Nevermind Brainiac, Metallo, Parasite, and....oh yeah.... Doomsday.
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11:12AM on 02/26/2011

The complainers are gonna get what they deserve

Lol - so people complained that Superman Returns disappointed even though it made it's budget back and was considered a success at the time (made more money than Batman Begins). Understandably - the fans complained Returns was too similar to Superman The Movie, too much of a repeated experience. Then Singer began preparing a sequel that would have resolved the Super-kid angle by bringing in a villain we all want to see - Brainiac - and before the fans knew what he was planning - they
Lol - so people complained that Superman Returns disappointed even though it made it's budget back and was considered a success at the time (made more money than Batman Begins). Understandably - the fans complained Returns was too similar to Superman The Movie, too much of a repeated experience. Then Singer began preparing a sequel that would have resolved the Super-kid angle by bringing in a villain we all want to see - Brainiac - and before the fans knew what he was planning - they complained and Singer lost out on his followup Superman film.

Nolan and his cohorts sweep in to save the day and came up "brand new" idea - to redo Superman II and bring in Zod. brilliant. Let's do the Nuclear Man next.

All I can say - is if this is true - the complainers are going to get what they deserve. We could have had Brainiac and a story that removed the Super-Kid - but noooooooo - people just had to whine about it. Got no one but yourselves to blame if we just get a retread of Superman II - though i have to admit Viggo would make a badass Zod.
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10:27AM on 02/26/2011
yeah where's the love for Gerard Butler?
yeah where's the love for Gerard Butler?
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9:57AM on 02/26/2011
I absolutely have a better Zod in mind - Terence Stamp.

Why recast when the man who made the role so bad-ass in the first place is still out there? It's not as if he needs to look young and fit for the part. He's a Kryptonian. He can look like anything and still have super powers.

Plus, have you seen how awesome he still can be (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU)?
I absolutely have a better Zod in mind - Terence Stamp.

Why recast when the man who made the role so bad-ass in the first place is still out there? It's not as if he needs to look young and fit for the part. He's a Kryptonian. He can look like anything and still have super powers.

Plus, have you seen how awesome he still can be (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU)?
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9:53AM on 02/26/2011
Great choice, but yeah, why are the Superman movies so afraid of using a villain that isn't Zod or Lex?
Great choice, but yeah, why are the Superman movies so afraid of using a villain that isn't Zod or Lex?
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9:41AM on 02/26/2011
I can dig viggo as the villian in this. Viggo is a pretty underrated actor and underused. Did anyone see him in "The Road" he was epic in that role! se it if you havent yet its another great by John Hillcoat.
I can dig viggo as the villian in this. Viggo is a pretty underrated actor and underused. Did anyone see him in "The Road" he was epic in that role! se it if you havent yet its another great by John Hillcoat.
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9:30AM on 02/26/2011

Zod...Schmod...

No Parasite? No Toyman? No Terraman? No Brainiac? No Darkseid? No Mxyzptlk? No Prankster? No Doomsday?!

Look up the word "redundancy" in the dictionary and it says "See Superman movies".

C'mon!
No Parasite? No Toyman? No Terraman? No Brainiac? No Darkseid? No Mxyzptlk? No Prankster? No Doomsday?!

Look up the word "redundancy" in the dictionary and it says "See Superman movies".

C'mon!
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9:13AM on 02/26/2011
I hope this is really true, cause this is the first news thats gotten me excited about this project.
I hope this is really true, cause this is the first news thats gotten me excited about this project.
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8:14AM on 02/26/2011
that's an interesting choice...
But I've got to admit I like the "English vibe" for a comics villains so, to answer the ET, I'd say Jason Isaacs... On the other hand he could do a great Luthor too (even if I like he Billy Zane idea...)!
that's an interesting choice...
But I've got to admit I like the "English vibe" for a comics villains so, to answer the ET, I'd say Jason Isaacs... On the other hand he could do a great Luthor too (even if I like he Billy Zane idea...)!
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8:13AM on 02/26/2011
How about Sean Bean for Zod?
How about Sean Bean for Zod?
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8:04AM on 02/26/2011

zod luthor

i'd like to see javier bardem in this. not sure if he would be a good zod or luthor..(luthor should be an undercurrent villain and not the main)
i'd like to see javier bardem in this. not sure if he would be a good zod or luthor..(luthor should be an undercurrent villain and not the main)
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5:44AM on 02/26/2011

Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen would also make a really cool ZOD.
Mads Mikkelsen would also make a really cool ZOD.
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4:27AM on 02/26/2011

Zod.

It doesn't surprise me that the studios are forcing Zod on this one. The public at large has no idea about any other stories. That's why we get Prof. Moriarty in every other Sherlock Holmes flick when the guy appeared in two, maybe three stories, out of a hundred or so. But people think Holmes, they think Moriarty. So with Supes, people think Luthor, take out Luthor, Joe-bag-o-donuts, says ZOD.

Now KNEEL maggots.
It doesn't surprise me that the studios are forcing Zod on this one. The public at large has no idea about any other stories. That's why we get Prof. Moriarty in every other Sherlock Holmes flick when the guy appeared in two, maybe three stories, out of a hundred or so. But people think Holmes, they think Moriarty. So with Supes, people think Luthor, take out Luthor, Joe-bag-o-donuts, says ZOD.

Now KNEEL maggots.
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1:54AM on 02/26/2011
I think it would have been smart for Snyder and Nolan to have completely gone in a new direction in terms of the villain(s), but if Viggo is indeed Zod then I guess we can hope for Brainiac for the sequel.
I think it would have been smart for Snyder and Nolan to have completely gone in a new direction in terms of the villain(s), but if Viggo is indeed Zod then I guess we can hope for Brainiac for the sequel.
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1:23AM on 02/26/2011
Viggo is great, but seriously... Zod, again? Does anyone over there at the WB studios know there are lots more characters in Superman's universe then just those that showed up in Donner's movies? At this rate, the next sequel we get will feature Nuclear Man. /groan
Viggo is great, but seriously... Zod, again? Does anyone over there at the WB studios know there are lots more characters in Superman's universe then just those that showed up in Donner's movies? At this rate, the next sequel we get will feature Nuclear Man. /groan
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12:59AM on 02/26/2011

And Could Somebody...

please contact Billy Zane for Luthor... I said it, Billy fuckin Zane!!!
please contact Billy Zane for Luthor... I said it, Billy fuckin Zane!!!
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12:54AM on 02/26/2011

ENOUGH WITH ZOD!!!

Does Warner Bros. care about the fans of this character or do they just have no-one that works there with any idea that Superman has more than 2 villains...Metasllo, Toyman, hell a movie with Mr.Mxylpytlk (have no idea id spelled right) would be better than putting out the same story, has Margot Kidder been cast as Lois Lane yet cause I am tired of Richard Donners version bring used a guideline for this characters live-action exploits...Come on Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan can doa good
Does Warner Bros. care about the fans of this character or do they just have no-one that works there with any idea that Superman has more than 2 villains...Metasllo, Toyman, hell a movie with Mr.Mxylpytlk (have no idea id spelled right) would be better than putting out the same story, has Margot Kidder been cast as Lois Lane yet cause I am tired of Richard Donners version bring used a guideline for this characters live-action exploits...Come on Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan can doa good Batman, let the Snydster do a good movie cause if I see a kid in this one...shits gonna hit the fan!!
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12:43AM on 02/26/2011
To look at the movies you'd think Zod and Lex Luthor are the only villains in Superman's rogues gallery. At least Smallville had Brainiac and Doomsday (albeit a lame version). Nothing against Luthor and Zod but these villains have been done to death in the live action format... can we please have a different villain? Someone interesting?
To look at the movies you'd think Zod and Lex Luthor are the only villains in Superman's rogues gallery. At least Smallville had Brainiac and Doomsday (albeit a lame version). Nothing against Luthor and Zod but these villains have been done to death in the live action format... can we please have a different villain? Someone interesting?
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12:28AM on 02/26/2011
I'm not against this but I would have thought that with Snyder in the chair that Gerard Butler would be a shoo in for Zod, not to mention awesome in that role.
I'm not against this but I would have thought that with Snyder in the chair that Gerard Butler would be a shoo in for Zod, not to mention awesome in that role.
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12:26AM on 02/26/2011
I actually enjoyed Superman Returns for what it was...but this is going to be a lot of fun. They need to use these villains first so the sequel can be even bigger.
I actually enjoyed Superman Returns for what it was...but this is going to be a lot of fun. They need to use these villains first so the sequel can be even bigger.
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12:15AM on 02/26/2011
Viggo can do no wrong, but I still can't 'like' this story of fellow kryptonians. I want different villains other than the ones we have already gotten
Viggo can do no wrong, but I still can't 'like' this story of fellow kryptonians. I want different villains other than the ones we have already gotten
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12:08AM on 02/26/2011

ET: ........No

Viggo would be awesome.
Viggo would be awesome.
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