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Kneel Before Viggo!
Snyder's top choice for General Zod?

26 February 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Aside from Henry Cavill, who's a done deal as the Man of Steel, the cast announcements lately for Zack Snyder's Superman don't actually amount to much more than reports of the wish list inside the Sucker Punch director's head. Kevin Costner is in the frame for Pa Kent, but hasn't signed anything yet. And the same now goes for Viggo Mortensen, who's Snyder's favourite to fill the leather trews of General Zod, if the Heat Vision Blog is to be believed.

Talks haven't even started yet, and the line is that Mortensen is a "person of interest" to the production, which kind of makes Warners' sound like they want to arrest him rather than employ him. He might not even be available to take the gig, since he's currently negotiating turning out for Snow White and the Huntsman, although there's always the possibility that Universal and Warners might be able to arrange a schedule that allows Mortensen to do both.

As casting news then, it's distinctly sketchy, but it does have the added cache of being the first time we've heard anything remotely solid to indicate that Zod is actually the antagonist that Snyder and Christopher Nolan have been cooking up. Much fan rumour and finger-crossing has surrounded the idea that the evil Kryptonian, played by Terence Stamp in Superman II, might appear, despite Snyder going on record to deny it. Warners have to date confirmed nothing, but earlier reports that one of the three female roles also under consideration was that of Zod-henchwoman Ursa, do rather fit with today's rumblings.

So do we believe this or think it's nonsense? And do we approve, both of Zod's potential presence, and of Mortensen possibly playing him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 


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RE: "No matter that it takes an eternity, you will bow down before me"
As much as I love the original Superman theme, I agree that maybe it's time to move on. After all, Superman Returns was loved and loathed in equal measure, for its inability to detach itself from the original two Superman films. So I can't give Snyder too much grief for wanting to start afresh with a whole new Superman movie, one that's aimed at today's audiences, rather than one that's pandering to fans of the originals. Yes, I'll miss the expected opening credits sequence, bu More

Posted by captainrentboy at 15:53 on 01 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: "No matter that it takes an eternity, you will bow down before me"
L: boredbluekoala Not having John Williams magnificent score on the new Superman movie would be like having 007 without the Bond theme. As much as I enjoyed the Danny Elfman scores for Batman and Spiderman, they just aren't as iconic, so when Batman Begins used Zimmer/Newton Howard it was a nice change. Put it this way, when you think of Indiana Jones, or Rocky or Star Wars, which music is playing in your head? feel your pain boredbluekoala! I even have 'Prelude and Main titles' as More

Posted by Gillhead at 17:36 on 28 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Who is this imbecile?
Not keen on Viggo but glad there'll be a new score, although I did like how the theme was hinted at in Smallville (season 2 I believe). I don't want any self-referential nods or winks in Synder's Superman, we got enough of that in Singer's remake (I mean sequel). More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 16:32 on 27 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I have a better idea.....
I agree in a way, Hugo Weaving could do a great job, but I'm sure that playing another evil guy with zero conscience who has unlimited power would put him in danger of being type-cast. Shame really, he would be great. More

Posted by Trautman at 10:05 on 27 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Err Hello Superman: Earth One?
m - NOW - whatever it takes.  More

Posted by JIm R at 09:31 on 27 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Who is this imbecile?
I think Guy Pearce or Viggo Mortenson would be good picks to play Zod, but NOT having the Superman music stinks. I mean, while we're at it why not get rid of the cape, his ability to fly, and the fact that Kryptonite is lethal to him. The music, thanks to Donner original is now part of the mythology just like the red and blue outfit and the big "S". Next thing you know Snyder will want to introduce agggressive polar bears to the fortress of solitude, and giant spiders to the movies climax! Thos More

Posted by Sutty at 08:16 on 27 February 2011 | Report This Post

Who is this imbecile?
As much as I like Viggo, I just dont think this is the right choice of villain for a reboot. Oh and the original John Williams score is NOT being used, they have Hans Zimmer set to compose just like the previous Nolan releases. More

Posted by rich at 01:15 on 27 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I have a better idea.....
What about John Hamm? Some people wanted him for Superman, but since he's too old for the slant the film is taking, as the similarly powered, older, more cynical Kryptonian, could be canny casting, no? More

Posted by jobloffski at 23:33 on 26 February 2011 | Report This Post

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