Will Viggo Mortensen Menace The Man of Steel as Zod?

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Just as Kevin Costner was recently reported as a “person of interest” to play a key role in Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot for Warner Bros., Viggo Mortensen has now surfaced as another person of interest for another key role — this one as General Zod, which all but puts to rest the notion that Zod and his fellow Kryptonian villains will be missing from the reboot.

Whereas Costner was talked about as potentially playing Jonathan Kent, Superman’s human adopted father, Heat Vision says Mortensen is being considered for General Zod, who along with two fellow exiled Kryptonians, arrive on Earth to make the Big Blue Boy Scout’s life miserable. This would jive with previous reports that had actresses Rosamund Pike, Diane Kruger, and Alice Eve vying to play Ursa, the female member of Zod’s triumvirate.

There could be a slight problem, though: Mortensen is currently in negotiations to play the male lead in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Of course, he could end up doing both movies simultaneously, as playing Zod in “Superman” would be a supporting role, and it’s not as if actors haven’t done two big movies at the same time before. If he does end up signing on, he’ll be playing a role that Terence Stamp once did so well in Richard Donner’s “Superman II” in 1980.

Snyder’s “Superman” will be produced by “Batman’s” Christopher Nolan, and heads to the big screen in 2012. Henry Cavill has already been cast as the new Clark Kent.

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  • Anonymous

    These reports are sounding dumber by the minute. You know what the problem was with the Superman Returns reboot?….It wasn’t a reboot but a continuation of the original movie! Did Nolan recreate Batman by Burton…No he started from scratch and built it up. This movie will do just as poorly as Returns due to lack of originality and disregard for other Rogues for Superman to face.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      It sorta does feel like they’re just running around in circles with the franchise, doesn’t it?

      • Anonymous

        Yes a sad sad circle jerk. What bothers me is that doing a superman movie shouldn’t be that hard. But Warner Bros makes it so.

  • Defelicem1

    Just re-do the origin story and everything from scratch, then have a different villain like brainiac, the obvious choice. Terence Stamp did such a good job that DC ret-coned the character to look like him, and im sick of Lex and his realestate schemes as the primary antagonist.

    • Anonymous

      Same as me. That was retarded and so out of continuity with current Superman fans. The Lex displayed since the 80′s was better choice. Especially in the world climate we live in today.

  • Juggernaut

    I believe that they’re thinking, Superman II was by far the best of the original series. By that token they think that rehashing that story will draw in an audience. That may actually work for nostalgic folks and casual movie-goers. However, comic fans, more specifically Superman fans, would like this world to be opened up a little wider. As stated above, a new start and new villain (Brainiac, Bizzaro, Doomsday,etc.) are the key. I’m not saying that it should be an origin story, everyone knows his origin, just a quick rundown during the opening credits. Then have a new story, without Zod or Lex as the main villain and finally at the end of the film have Clark thrust into the fast paced world of Metropolis where he meets the Daily Planet crew and Lex for the first time. The second film could build more on Lex’s villainous tendencies while focusing on a new central baddie (Parasite, Eradicator,Conduit, maybe even Zod and co.). Finally have Lex’s master plan revealed in the third film and close out the franchise with that. There are a million ways to go. That’s just my opinion about how it should shake out. Anything but the way they seem to be taking.

  • Juggernaut

    I believe that they’re thinking, Superman II was by far the best of the original series. By that token they think that rehashing that story will draw in an audience. That may actually work for nostalgic folks and casual movie-goers. However, comic fans, more specifically Superman fans, would like this world to be opened up a little wider. As stated above, a new start and new villain (Brainiac, Bizzaro, Doomsday,etc.) are the key. I’m not saying that it should be an origin story, everyone knows his origin, just a quick rundown during the opening credits. Then have a new story, without Zod or Lex as the main villain and finally at the end of the film have Clark thrust into the fast paced world of Metropolis where he meets the Daily Planet crew and Lex for the first time. The second film could build more on Lex’s villainous tendencies while focusing on a new central baddie (Parasite, Eradicator,Conduit, maybe even Zod and co.). Finally have Lex’s master plan revealed in the third film and close out the franchise with that. There are a million ways to go. That’s just my opinion about how it should shake out. Anything but the way they seem to be taking.

    • Anonymous

      Why is it that we non DC employed fans can come up with better scenarios to Superman than David Goyer and Zack Snyder? It is not that hard to play up a first movie featuring an emerging Lex, Metallo or Intergang then follow it up with Brianiac and finish it with Darkseid. Wow that was so easy and I know that Warner Bros has the budget for it.

      • Juggernaut

        I completely agree. Nowadays everything gets rebooted and while the time between makes it sometimes ridiculous the reality is that sometimes it is needed. However, rebooting a film shold be starting it over for the better. Sometimes that means a new story, sometimes it’s a new director or cast. Either way it is revamping the subject matter for the better. I really don’t understand this logic. Superman Returns, while a financial success, was clearly a dud. So much so that Dc and WB decided to scrap Singer and start all over. But they’re not really Starting all over!?!?! If a continuation of Donner’s franchise (part II at least!?!?) didn’t work why would they feel a need to redo another Donner-esque story? By the same token why does any franchise (X-Men, I’m looking at you!) who has a chance at a fresh start not take it?! While the trailer looks promising, why not just nip the ill gotten continuity in the bud and give the fans the First Class that they want to see?! That way you have a new beginning that you can take off running from. Alas we fans are at the mercy of these Hollywood ideas.

        • Anonymous

          So true in every sense of the word.

  • Matrixgeeza

    It is endlessly frustrating how the Donner films do seem to be re-visited. However, it would seem fans of the Superman comics and franchise keep going back to the Donner films also.

    Case in point being I have read numerous fan boy posts first on Henry Cavill saying “cool he looks a bit like Reeves”. Well he does have blue eyes and dark hair……..oh wait a sec thats the criteria to play Superman so stands a chance that cos Reeves was picked due to his similar looks to that of the comic character then the same would go for Cavill.

    Low and behold as the news breaks about Viggo maybe Zod I read “cool he looks a bit like Terence Stamp”. Oh go to hell. Whats it matter, if we the fan boys stop darwing so many comparisons to the Donner and just let them get on with it then perhaps something good will come of (thats what im trying to tell myself anyway).

    I agree with many of the posts above, start afresh as they did with Batman begins. Who knows, perhaps they are to a degree. Perhaps Viggo will only appear on Krypton at the start ready to setup for the 2nd or 3rd part. Now that may sound like superman 1 but then again thats what happened in the books.

    Lets all stay positive and hope something good will turn up.

    Perosnally I would like:

    Part 1 – last son of krypton (featuring origin and intro of business man lex with metallo as bad guy)

    part 2 – zod and co but done better than the original which i have just re-watched and though love it is deeply deeply floored on many levels

    part 3 – lets go for it, bring on darkseid and the eradicator and the krptonian battle suit, cool!!!!!

  • B-Flash

    I really do find it funny how people react to things, so what if there using the same villians again. Nolan did it in TDK and look how that turned out and now he’s doing it again in TDKR. WTF happened to the days when people would wait for a poster or a trailer before calling fail on a film.

    Instead of putting names of Villians (which is easy) why not a plot and then see how people react to that, try and stay away from animated or original movie plots and make it similar (NOT the same) as the comic stories. Have ago and lets see how far you get.

    • Juggernaut

      I understand what you’re saying and for the most part agree with you. Believe me I am guilty of judging a movie before anything besides a concept plot or cast have been mentioned. The reason for that is simple…the internet! Before the internet we didn’t know what movies were coming down the pike. Especially 2-3 years away from production. Now all of that information is at our fingertips. We know the plot and cast before any publicity on the film is oficially released. Therefore we begin to judge just as quickly.
      I used to get pumped when I saw a trailer or poster for a movie because, until then, I had no idea that it was coming out! As for the fact that people are just throwing out character’s names and saying “why not him!”, it’s true that some substance is required to solidify the argument. Unfortunately we only have a few sentences to sum up our feelings on the matter. Sure we could post our own treatment and that would be long and to anyone but the person posting it, rather boring (I have treatments for a trilogy of Superman Movies). Instead we assess the info we have and voice our opinions as to what would be better. And while TDK and TDKR have established characters in them, Batman Begins did not. It was a fresh take, not done on film with new villains and a different style that got audiences exited again. The success of that film directly influenced the comic book movie sub genre and allowed Nolan the ability to take characters that have been done and reinvent them. If Dc and WB want to give the Superman franchise the same treatment they should stick to that formula. I understand also that Superman is a bit harder to that with for a few different reasons. 1) Smallville has done esentially what a “before he was the man of steel” storyline would be 2) he is a arguably a more iconic and well known character than Batman. That being said it could be done. There is no reason to rehash old villains or scenarios for a third time. Make it a true reboot and build off of that.

    • Juggernaut

      I understand what you’re saying and for the most part agree with you. Believe me I am guilty of judging a movie before anything besides a concept plot or cast have been mentioned. The reason for that is simple…the internet! Before the internet we didn’t know what movies were coming down the pike. Especially 2-3 years away from production. Now all of that information is at our fingertips. We know the plot and cast before any publicity on the film is oficially released. Therefore we begin to judge just as quickly.
      I used to get pumped when I saw a trailer or poster for a movie because, until then, I had no idea that it was coming out! As for the fact that people are just throwing out character’s names and saying “why not him!”, it’s true that some substance is required to solidify the argument. Unfortunately we only have a few sentences to sum up our feelings on the matter. Sure we could post our own treatment and that would be long and to anyone but the person posting it, rather boring (I have treatments for a trilogy of Superman Movies). Instead we assess the info we have and voice our opinions as to what would be better. And while TDK and TDKR have established characters in them, Batman Begins did not. It was a fresh take, not done on film with new villains and a different style that got audiences exited again. The success of that film directly influenced the comic book movie sub genre and allowed Nolan the ability to take characters that have been done and reinvent them. If Dc and WB want to give the Superman franchise the same treatment they should stick to that formula. I understand also that Superman is a bit harder to that with for a few different reasons. 1) Smallville has done esentially what a “before he was the man of steel” storyline would be 2) he is a arguably a more iconic and well known character than Batman. That being said it could be done. There is no reason to rehash old villains or scenarios for a third time. Make it a true reboot and build off of that.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    LMAO! I’m leaving this one alone as it’s just a viscious cycle right now. Until thye get a cast and a full official plot I’m standing on the sidelines.