Michael Shannon is your Zod now

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04.11.11 21 Comments

Ending months of furious speculation, Warner Bros yesterday sent out an official press release announcing that Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.  He’ll star opposite

“Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role,” Snyder said.

Zod, like Superman, is from Krypton, where he commanded its armed forces. The character appeared in both 1978’s Superman and its 1980 sequel Superman II, where he was played by actor Terence Stamp. [THR]

Shannon also has the ability to still look scary even while he’s masturbating, a feat managed only by brilliant character actors and great white sharks, so he’s a great choice for the villain.  Zod was always a bad ass character because he has all the same powers as Superman, but instead of a cape and knee-high, red F-me boots with his underwear on the outside of his leotard, Zod has a ponytail and wears a grandmotherly robe lined with vinyl.  Man, and we say the Japanese are weird.  Anyway, Superman and Zod are always fighting each other, which is silly, because they’re both basically invincible, and the only thing they seem to accomplish is breaking lots of stuff.  Gosh, I wonder if any of it will be filmed in slow motion.

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