This is the official word from Warner Brothers:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled “Man of Steel.”Snyder stated, “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.”As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese. He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics', "Take Shelter," from director/writer Jeff Nichols.Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.“Man of Steel” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) has been rumored for a while to be in Man of Steel. Now with this confirmation we find that not only will he be, but Zod indeed is in the movie contrary to what was being said a couple of weeks ago.
I am incredibly excited to see that Zod will be battling Superman in the new movie. Michael Shannon is quite a strong presence and should fit this role well. His performance in the first season of Boardwalk Empire was so freakn' good. His perverse determination made you hate his lawman more than the actual gangsters. But I don't think Zod had many issues where he quoted the bible while drowning his partner. Or is there...
Michael was also nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor in the Revolutionary Road.
What say you?