Today In Nerd News: Superman Flick Casts Villain, General Zod

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By: GangStarr Girl / April 11, 2011

The folks behind the new Superman reboot have casted Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon as their villain, General Zod.

Via Huffington Post: Warner Brothers announced on Sunday that the film, now officially titled “Man of Steel,” will feature Michael Shannon as the evil General Zod. He’ll face off against Henry Cavill, the franchise’s new Superman.   

While Zod has a number of story lines, he was the fascist head of the military on Krypton, Superman’s home planet. He was portrayed by Terrence Stamp in the first and second Christopher Reeves Superman films, acting as the main villain in the second film.

“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,” the film’s director, Zack Snyder, said in a statement.

Shannon is also an Academy Award nominee for his role in Revolutionary Road.