Superman Has a Villain

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Casting continues for Zack Snyder's news Superman adaptation, The Man of Steel. We now have a villain in the mix as Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) has signed on to play General Zod.

In a press release from Warner Bros., director Zack Synder says, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman 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.”

Michael Shannon Cast in New Superman

Shannon was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Revolutionary Road. He currently stars in the critically acclaimed Boardwalk Empire.

Shannon joins a growing cast of great actors including, Henry Cavill as Superman, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

The Man of Steel is set to hit theaters in December 2012.

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Michael Shannon

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Michael Shannon was a stage actor before making his debut in films.

His first role on the big screen was in Groundhog Day. Since then he has been in numerous films, including Pearl Habor, 8 Mile, Vanilla Sky, Kangaroo Jack, Grand Theft Parsons, Let's Go to Prison, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Blackbird, Revolutionary Road, The Runaways, 13, Jonah Hex, Return, Take Shelter, and Premium Rush.

He also had a role on the television show Boardwalk Empire.

Additionally, Shannon still has found time for his band Corporal.

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