Will Viggo Mortensen Menace The Man of Steel as Zod?

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.