Michael Shannon To Play General Zod In Man Of Steel (Formerly Superman)

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You have to give them credit—every actor announced for the Superman remake has been more interesting then the last. Where Super-Henry Cavill is a question mark and Kevin Costner as Pa Kent doesn’t exactly set our wallets on fire, Amy Adams’ Lois Lane could be formidable and we’re seriously intrigued by the latest news. Warner Bros. confirmed Sunday that Boardwalk Empire badass Michael Shannon will play villanious Kryptonian General Zod in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Man Of Steel—which is what they’re officially calling the new film.

Anyone who’s seen Shannon on Empire or in films like The Runaways and Revolutionary Road (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) knows that the 6’3″ actor owns every scene he’s in, and he’ll need every bit of mojo to follow Terence Stamp‘s imperious performance as Zod in the first two Superman movies—not just anyone can yell “Come to me, son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!” and make it work. Is it too much to ask that Shannon keep the low-cut, easy-breathing robe that Stamp wore in his classic take on the character? Anyone who can terrorize Metropolis by blowing on it would dress for comfort.

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