After lead role in the new "Superman" film has been set for Henry Cavill, and Jonathan and Martha Kent roles have been opted for Kevin Costner and Diane Lane respectively, the villain role is in need to cast. Words are, Michael Shannon has the possibility to play the bad guy. Deadline has reported "there is interest" in the actor of "The Runaways".
Earlier the same day, there is report that Edgar Ramirez is in line to play the antihero role in the Zack Snyder-directed movie. Latino reports the "Carlos" actor is "supposedly being eyed for a villain role in Zack Snyder's Superman film".
Although the rumors have gone viral, there is no clear explanation about what character Shannon or Ramirez may play. General Zod role has been persistently mentioned as the villain. However, Warner Bros. Pictures has not confirmed about this.
Shannon gained his fame after he was nominated at 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in "Revolutionary Road". He is also a series regular on the critically acclaimed "Boardwalk Empire". Meanwhile, Ramirez shot to fame when he won Most Promising Actor kudo at the 2011 Cesar Awards, after he played on "Carlos". In 2007, the 33-year-old actor joined "The Bourne Ultimatum", playing Paz, a CIA assassin.
The "Superman" project, tentatively called "The Man of Steel", will serve as a reboot to "Superman Returns" and will probably hit theaters in December 2012. David S. Goyer provides the script and Christopher Nolan serves as producer. The principal photography is expected to be kicked off in June. The movie is going to be a joint project by Warner Bros. and Legendary Picture.