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Superman villain unveiled, Michael Shannon plays General Zod


General Zod to be played by "Boardwalk" star Michael Shannon. Shannon who was nominated for an Oscar award two years ago for portraying a mentally troubled man in the film "Revolutionary Road," is going to be the new Superman villain. Warner Brothers Superman film officially titled "Man of Steel," casted Shannon as the evil General Zod. He will be facing off against Henry Cavill, the franchise’s new Superman.

While Zod has many story lines, he was the fascist leader of the military on Krypton, Superman’s home planet. General Zod who appeared in both 1978’s "Superman" and its sequel "Superman II," was portrayed by Terrence Stamp, where Christopher Reeves played the role of Superman.

According to the films director Zack Snyder, the villain Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but also 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 in a statement.

Shannon joins an already star-studded cast in Snyder’s film reboot of the beloved comic book. Amy Adams who plays as Lois Lane, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent and many more.