Christopher Meloni’s Undisclosed Role in ‘Man of Steel’ Becomes Disclosed

When it was recently mentioned in Movie News After Dark that Christopher Meloni would be joining Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film Man of Steel I was left struggling with an overwhelming mix of emotions. There was joy at what an awesome actor Meloni is, whether he’s fondling sweaters in Wet Hot American Summer or looking grim as a detective on Law & Order: SVU. But there was also pain at being left in the dark about exactly which role he would be taking. Would he be playing a big role in the Superman mythos that we hadn’t hear the casting for yet, could he be doing a super secret cameo as a character we’re not supposed to know appears in the film, or would he just be playing a guy in a hard hat who looks up and says something like, “it’s a bird …”?

Well, wonder no more, because Vulture has done some digging and got us our answer: sort of. Meloni did spill the beans that he would be playing some sort of General in the film, but any details as to who that General is or what he has to do with Superman or the plot of the film was left out. As a matter of fact, when pressed for more info on his character, Meloni said, “I can’t tell you, or I’d have to kill you.” Vulture did good work in discovering that Meloni would be involved in filming over the course of five months and in the locations of Chicago, Vancouver, and Edwards Air Force Base, though. At least that suggests that Meloni’s General character will be someone of some importance to the film, and not just a guy who shows up once to say some thing like, “it’s a plane …”. For right now, that’s enough information to satiate my curiosity. But we’ll see how I feel once images from the film start leaking. I could go all geek again.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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