The other day it was announced that Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) had been cast as General Zod in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel. Fans everywhere have had plenty to say about not only Shannon’s casting, but also whether it was a smart idea to use Zod as the villain after the character was featured previously in Superman II. The superhero has a long list of new villains to square off against, so why do they keep going back to the same ones? Should this be a concern, or are fans just trying to find something (anything!) to gripe about.
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I'm sorry, the only real hope of saving this franchise is to go ahead and jump into the death of superman. I feel that lex is played out as a villian in the movies and going back with zod is just not really a great idea. I need to get the movie in a much darker tone how chris nolan did with batman. Yes there are so many other classic villians to go with but I thik the death of superman is much more of the way to go. iit was one of the best graphic novels out there n plus it's time to go withoverwelming him. Doomsday is was the only one physically superior to superman and its would be great it they were to put it on film
No way is Doomsday the only one physically superior to Superman, the easiest answer is Darkseid. Plus, a Doomsday movie would be boring, how do you make a 2 hour fight scene interesting? How do you make a character who only kills things and never really talks interesting for two hours? And, how do you do the actual comic (not the cartoon) justice without any of the Justice League?
Darkseid would be a poor choice for a first movie, but he would be a hell of a lot better than Doomsday. I personally was rooting for Brainiac, I have read that the reason they are using Zod is because he knows Krypton, whether you use the Kryptonian Brainiac or the Coluan Brainiac, he still knows just as much about Krypton as Zod.
Why do people who make these movies keep repeating the same story lines? Look, superman had many adversaries, you’re telling me you can’t change it up and do something different, are you all so narrow minded in Hollywood that you think everyone wants to see the same story line redone over and over again. Use your imagination people and stop the constant rewriting of the same story. HELLO he is a fictional character you can write whatever your twisted little minds can come up with. Use your heads you want to make millions take a chance on something new.
Totally agree! Well said!
I am a huge Superman fan. So I am really hoping that this Snyder guy doesn't mess this up. Until I see this new movie, I will still fully endorse no one but Brandon Routh as Superman. The guy did a great job and practically channeld Chris Reeves in the process (I read this from someone once before but it bears repeating). Superman Returns may not have done as well as people would like it to but that wasn't Routh's fault. Superman Returns did a good job of reintroducing the characters (casting issues aside) to a new audience. Seems like the studio was behind it when it first came out, so all the blame here can not be placed on Bryan Singer either. I also personally think it is a mistake to copy characters from Superman II.
It's a good idea to use Zod even though he was in Superman II for the same reason it's a good idea to have Bane in the next Batman movie even though he was in Batman & Robin: The first movie he was in sucked so bad people won't mind seeing the character in something good (knock on wood). I think Zod is a good choice for the villain in the first of a series of Superman movies because he destroyed Krypton and made Jor-El resort to sending Kal-El to earth, so having him appear as superman's first foe will make sense. Hopefully the movie will be good enough to spawn a sequal featuring a version of Lex Luthor that's faithful to the source material and isn't a total joke (I'm looking at you Superman I, Gene Hackman isn't a super-villain).
Dude. You are obviously under the age of 30. Superman The Movie is one of the greatest comic-book movies of all time. And if Richard Lester didn't muck it all up, Superman II would be up there as well. (Need proof: watch the Superman II, the Richard Donner cut on DVD.) As far as Luthor is concerned, he wasn't really the evil genius in the 70's books as he is today. He was more of a schemer. Gene Hackman is one of the great actors and his portrayal was perfect for the time.
Agreed. For the time period it was made, Gene Hackman in Superman II was dead on.
Zod didn't destroy Krypton.
First of all, audiences are not going to be confused as to why Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman is the supposed last son of Krypton and then see Zod/Ursa. If they stick to (and my guess is they will) Zod/Ursa being Kryptonian criminals and shunned just like in the first Superman movie- it'll be alright. I have faith that it will be properly played out. Secondly- while the fanboys know the large list of bad guys, most mainstream moviegoers do not. So to reintroduce this character it makes perfect sense to use Zod as he became globally iconic after Superman II in the 80's. We all KNOW him. Maybe in future sequels they can branch out. As mentioned in the video the casting thus far has been great. Looking forward to this one!!
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