April 11th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
Watch out, Superman — General Zod is back!
"Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Shannon has officially been cast as the Kryptonian villain in director Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel," reports Deadline.
“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," Snyder says of the character, who hails from the superhero's home planet. "Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”
Besides the comic books, General Zod also appeared in the 1978 "Superman" movie starring Christopher Reeve and was portrayed by British actor Terence Stamp.
"Man of Steel" is scheduled to soar into theaters in December 2012.
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