Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have announced that Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod in Zack Snyder’s new Superman movie, titled ‘Man of Steel.’
The actor, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in Sam Mendes’ ‘Revolutionary Road,’ two years ago, will star alongside British actor Henry Cavill, who plays the Clark Kent aka Superman in the 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,” Snyder said.
While General Zod has been tormenting Superman in comic book form since the 1960s, the character was more widely introduced to audiences in 1978’s ‘Superman’ and 1980 sequel, ‘Superman II,’ in which the character was played by Terence Stamp.
The cast for ‘Man of Steel’ currently includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent.
Michael Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning drama series ‘Boardwalk Empire.’