Pandorum’s Antje Traue to Battle The Man of Steel

German Goddess Antje Traue has joined the cast of Zack Snyder’s “Superman: Man of Steel” as the film’s female villain. Variety says the former “Pandorum” star will play Faora, who will join Michael Shannon’s General Zod in making Superman’s life miserable in the upcoming reboot.

Wanna know more about Faora? Well Variety went all geeky on us and ran down the character’s fictional bio:

There are multiple Faoras in the Superman universe, so it remains unclear which one Traue has been tapped to play. The first Faora, Faora Hu-Ul, was introduced in Action Comics #471 as a beautiful Kryptonian woman with an intense unexplained hatred for all men. She was an expert at the Kryptonian martial art of Horo-Kanu, which utilizes pressure points on the Kryptonian body and made her a dangerous foe for Superman to fight in hand-to-hand combat. In fact, he was forced to flee from their first encounter.

That said, it’s more likely that Traue will be playing the version of Faora that debuted in Action Comics #779 as a Pokolistanian aide of General Zod. That character was an orphan metahuman with the ability to disrupt molecular bonds, which allowed her to create a mutagenic virus that served as the linchpin of Zod’s plan.

In pop culture, the female Kryptonian named Ursa in “Superman” and “Superman II” is believed to be based on Faora, who appeared on the eighth season of “Smallville” as the wife of General Zod.

Sheesh. Since when did Variety start hiring writers who can type geek?

Henry Cavill will star as Superman, with Amy Adams playing Lois Lane. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play Jonathan and Martha Kent, Superman’s adopted Earth parents.

Shooting is expected to begin sometime this Summer for a December 2012 release date.