Big news for superhero movie fans everywhere! As you know, I’ve been following the development of the Superman reboot for a while now. Well, after Superman’s been cast, we’ve not got Supes’ love interest with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, then Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as ma and pa Kent. The biggest question hanging since had been, who’ll be the villain??
Well, the speculation is over with the press release out today from Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. Those hoping to hear the iconic phrase “Kneel before Zod!!” will likely hear it uttered from the mouth of Michael Shannon.
The Wrap article has the full release, but this is what Zack Snyder said about the casting decision:
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.
So who’s this Michael Shannon?? He might not be a household name yet, but he’s been in various movie and tv series for nearly two decades. You might have seen him in Vanilla Sky, Revolutionary Road (which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, The Runaways, and most recently the HBO gangster series Boardwalk Empire as Agent Nelson. I’ve actually just heard about the Kentucky-born actor when he was cast in the upcoming inspirational biopic Machine Gun Preacher as Gerry Butler’s best friend. To be honest, I’m not familiar much with his work, though from some of the clips I’ve seen, he strikes me as a performer who tend to disappear into his roles, which is always a great talent to have for any actor. In any case, Shannon went from an actor I barely knew to having two of his upcoming movies at the top of my highly-anticipated list!
As far as the Man of Steel movie, I’m definitely glad they chose to go with General Zod instead of Lex Luthor. Out of the five Superman feature films so far, the pompous and power-hungry Zod is the most compelling one to me. As a fellow Kryptonian, he not only has the history with Kal-El’s that no other enemy has, he’s also the only one who matches Superman’s caliber in both intelligence and physical strength, making him a formidable nemesis to watch going toe-to-toe with the superhero. So to hear Zack utter the words intelligence + malice to describe Shannon is definitely what I wanted to hear. Thanks to Terrence Stamp’s icy elegant performance, the character portrayed in the movie has become so iconic. The English actor has done more than six dozen movies/tv work but he’ll forever be known as Zod, which is a pop-culture phenomenon himself, he even has his own Obama-style campaign poster!
I have high hopes for Mr. Shannon that he will do the role justice, he’s also got a deep voice that’d certainly help in creating a commanding presence. Oh by the way, the 36-year-old actor is apparently a couple of inches taller than Henry Cavill, standing at 6’3″, so this Zod doesn’t necessarily need to have Supes to kneel before him to feel, y’know, physically superior 🙂
So what do you think of this casting choice folks? What are your thoughts on Michael Shannon in general?