Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that the 'Superman' reboot is called 'Man of Steel', and Michael Shannon is cast as General Zod.
The forthcoming "Superman" movie has got official title as well as the villain depicter. Warner Bros. Pictures has issued a press release on Sunday, April 10, announcing that the revival of "Superman" film will be called "Man of Steel".
In the announcement, the studio also makes it official that Michael Shannon will take the role of General Zod, Superman's megalomania nemesis from Krypton. The character will make its big screen appearance once again after it was portrayed by Terence Stamp in 1980's "Superman II".
Addressing the villainous character, director Zack Snyder says Zod has an important part in the film. He states, "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."
Shannon is best known for his portrayal of John Givings in "Revolutionary Road". Through his role in the film, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 Academy Awards. He has also appeared on HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire". He can soon be seen in Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter".
The new "Superman" project has Henry Cavill taking the lead role of Clark Kent a.k.a Superman, and Amy Adams stars as Lois Lane, the main female character. Taking the supporting roles are the likes of Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Written by David S. Goyer, the film is expected to make its way out in 2012.