Zack Snyder’s Superman Will Probably Fight General Zod in the Reboot

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So by now you already know that Zack Snyder will indeed direct the Christopher Nolan-produced “Superman” reboot for Warner Bros. But who will Supes be fighting in his return to the big screen? If rumor about David Goyer’s script for the reboot holds true, then the Man of Steel will be facing off against a very formidable foe — General Zod.

I am probably one of the very few people who didn’t find Kevin Spacey’s scenery chewing turn in “Superman Returns” all that great. I also found the idea of Superman, a guy who can flatten bullets with his friggin eyeballs fighting some mere mortal with a real estate scam and a couple of henchmen (including one of the guys from “Harold and Kumar”, for crying out loud) to be utterly and completely absurd.

General Zod, on the other hand, will really give Supes a run for his money, seeing as how Zod hails from the same planet, and once exposed to Earth’s sun, will also have Supes’ power. Which basically means Superman will be fighting someone who can punch him through a wall right back. Or three, if Zod brings friends as he did in the Richard Donnor movie that introduced Zod to the masses.

Epic fights? You bet your ass. Let’s all hope Zack Snyder goes easy on the extreme slow-mo’s between the punches and crashing through skyscraper scenes…

'Yes, we're just going to stand here until he shows up. Wish he'd get here sooner, though...'

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  • Lexavi80

    I think is a good idea. If used right, Zod can be an amazing foe. He will kick Superman’s ass for almost the entire movie. Don’t forget Zod is a General in charge of Krypton’s armada.
    Man, I’n exited!!!!.

  • ULIK

    If this is the beginning of a saga, then ZOD will work then bring on Braniac,and Doomsday for the sequels. I would say bring on Darkseid but I think that he might be more fitting for a JLA movie or SuperMan-BatMan team up.

  • Juggernaut

    Seen it already. Superman II was great and all but Zod again!?!? Really?!!?! Then he was just used last season on Smallville. Zod is a great character, don’t get me wrong, but throw a villain who hasn’t been done at big blue (Braniac, Doomsday, Parasite, Eradicator, Conduit etc.)

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

      I agree 100%. Zod would work, but at the same time why go down a road already traveled (twice if you include “Smallville”). Juggernaut’s choices are all good, though I would omit Doomsday and save it for a second film or a third. The others would work very well and very easily as well. Brainiac could easily be done as something Luthor finds and tries to exploit and it goes bad; Parasite would work as an accident gone wrong…or an experiment by Luthor to make a “Superman” to replace Supes; Eradicator would work in the place of Zod with more powers; and Conduit would work as a suit designed by Luthor.

  • Anonymous

    Zod makes sense because compared to most of Superman’s marquee villians, he’d be fairly easy and cheap to put on screen. He would essentially be another actor in costume as opposed to the make-up or CG that you’d need for a Darkseid or Brainiac. And anyone else besides me up for Gerard Butler as Zod?

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

      I get where you’re coming from, but for a big budget film like this that’d just be cheap to skimp on make up effects and go with Zod. I mean Brainiac could easily be done as a person with make up and prosthetics. Same for Parasite, and Eradicator. And none of them would need much explanation.

      That said Butler would work. Or Rufus Sewel. Fasbender as Superman I can see, but how about Jim Caviezel?

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Zod could be one of a double-bill of villains as in the Nolan “Batman” movies. Zod would make for a good primary foe who makes way for someone smarter/stronger. Or maybe Zod and finally, hopefully, a cybersuited bad-ass Lex Luthor who isn’t just looking to close on the Glengarry Leads.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Zod could be one of a double-bill of villains as in the Nolan “Batman” movies. Zod would make for a good primary foe who makes way for someone smarter/stronger. Or maybe Zod and finally, hopefully, a cybersuited bad-ass Lex Luthor who isn’t just looking to close on the Glengarry Leads.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Zod could be one of a double-bill of villains as in the Nolan “Batman” movies. Zod would make for a good primary foe who makes way for someone smarter/stronger. Or maybe Zod and finally, hopefully, a cybersuited bad-ass Lex Luthor who isn’t just looking to close on the Glengarry Leads.

      • Juggernaut

        I’ve seen Jim Caviezel as Superman before “Returns” was made! I always liked Rufus Sewell and he’d make a good Zod. My personal choice for Zod would be Clive Owens. I also think that while Luthor shouldn’t be the main villain, he should definately be a big character in the franchise. I’d like to see something fresh from this reboot. I’m all in for Snyder, let’s just hope he is working off a good script and casts the right people.

  • Pawle76

    I think Zod is almost as tired of a choice as Luthor. Braniac would be great or I think maybe Bizarro Supes would be a nice villian, or both for that matter. As for the Kal El himself I’m sorry but I really think Tom Welling would be awesome. If not Tom then it would have to be an unknown as usual. I’d have to think about who would make a good Lois anyone but Kate Bosworth.

    • Juggernaut

      My first pick for Lois Lane has always been Jennifer Connelly although, at 39, she may be too old. My next pick is Jessica Biel(28). She’s hot and has the acting chops to pull it off. Her roles in Rules Of Attraction, Elizabethtown and Powder Blue show how she can do mean, ruthless and bitchy. My pick for Clark/Superman has always been Jim Caviezel, but he is 42. He might be too old as well. My next pick is Ryan McPartlin (Chuck, Mad Men), who was also my top pick to play Captain America before Chris Evans was cast. He, like Caviezel, has just enough geekiness and All American good looks to bring Superman to life.

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

        Not bad choices at all really. I’m down for those.

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

      Having Welling do it would make it seem like “Smallville: The Movie” and I think both Nolan AND WB want to avoid that.

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

      Having Welling do it would make it seem like “Smallville: The Movie” and I think both Nolan AND WB want to avoid that.

  • Pawle76

    I think Zod is almost as tired of a choice as Luthor. Braniac would be great or I think maybe Bizarro Supes would be a nice villian, or both for that matter. As for the Kal El himself I’m sorry but I really think Tom Welling would be awesome. If not Tom then it would have to be an unknown as usual. I’d have to think about who would make a good Lois anyone but Kate Bosworth.

  • http://www.rosezzy.com/watch-the-vampire-diaries-season-2-episode-5-online/ Renanorola

    Wow finally the most favorite movie that gain highest rating on theateres world wide another superman movie directed by Zack Snyder. I know millions of fans waiting for the announcement when it will be released on theaters wolrd wide. For me possible the movie will released next year maybe on the med of the year.

  • http://www.rosezzy.com/watch-the-vampire-diaries-season-2-episode-5-online/ Renanorola

    Wow finally the most favorite movie that gain highest rating on theateres world wide another superman movie directed by Zack Snyder. I know millions of fans waiting for the announcement when it will be released on theaters wolrd wide. For me possible the movie will released next year maybe on the med of the year.

    • http://www.sendmoney101.com/ Lisa

      The guy that did 300 is directing a Superman movie. Thats friggin wicked. 300 was awesome, the visuals were crazy. That treatment applied to Superman has me excited.