Kneel Before Michael Shannon, For He is Zod

If you’re anything like me, you’ve long been a fan of Crazy Michael Shannon. This person bares a striking resemblance to Actor Michael Shannon, but one can only assume that they are two different people. When Actor Shannon slips into one of his many wonderfully insane roles, he becomes a new man entirely. This will help him in the near future, as he has signed on to play the villain Zod in Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel.

The news came down from Warner Bros. themselves, issuing a press release that brings to light two very important bits of news. One is that Shannon will play Zod, the Kryptonian foe of Superman (Henry Cavill). The other is that the film will simply be titled Man of Steel, rather than the repetitive and SEO-friendly Superman: Man of Steel.

“Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies,” explains Snyder in the WB press release. “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 will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, as well as Amy Adams, who will play Lois Lane. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play Martha and Jonathan “Ma and Pa” Kent, respectively.

The casting of Shannon is said to bring a close to the major casting, but many a supporting player is yet to be cast. Within the last few weeks, the likes of Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) have been rumored to be involved, with roles still unknown. For all we know, Ramirez could have lost the part of Zod to Shannon, or he’s in the running for another role. Either way, Shannon is in and he’s a fine choice for any nutjub. And as any Superman fan can tell you, Zod is one hell of an interstellar nutjob.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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