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Is Ursa Superman’s Female Lead?

Ursa (DC Comics)

The mysterious female lead in director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot apparently isn’t a love interest for the Man of Steel, but rather an antagonist.

Citing “a most trusted reliable source,” Latino Review contends that Warner Bros. is searching for an actress to play the Kryptonian criminal Ursa, a role originated by Sarah Douglas in Superman: The Movie. Variety reported on Friday that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are on the shortlist to portray the “undisclosed” character, but Kruger has since told SuperHeroHype she’s not up for the part.

Latino Review also insists that Lois Lane will be in the movie. However, whether she’ll be played by one of the seven rumored contenders for the role — Rachel McAdams, Milas Kunis and Olivia Wilde, among them — remains to be seen.

The possible inclusion of Ursa in the franchise reboot naturally reignites early speculation that General Zod will be the movie’s main villain, something Snyder had previously dismissed as “just a rumor.”

In 1978’s Superman: The Movie, Ursa was sentenced alongside Zod (Terence Stamp) and Non (Jack O’Halloran) to eternal imprisonment in the Phantom Zone by Krypton’s Ruling Council of Elders for unspecified crimes. But in Superman II, the detonation of a hydrogen bomb hurled into space by the Man of Steel freed the trio, who attempted to conquer Earth and exact revenge against the son of one of their jailers.

Ursa didn’t appear in DC Comics until 2006 when, in a story written by Geoff Johns and Superman director Richard Donner, she was introduced as a Phantom Zone criminal, lover of Zod and mother of Lor-Zod, the Kryptonian boy adopted by Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

The Superman reboot, which is expected to begin filming in June, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. It’s set for a December 2012 release.

Ursa (Sarah Douglas), Zod (Terence Stamp) and Non (Jack O'Halloran), from "Superman II"


  • DaVeO

    If it comes close to Geoff John’s and Richard Donner’s Last Son story I’d be very, very happy.

  • Scarletspeed7

    I called it. I sooooo called it.

  • Coryjameson

    If Zod is categorically OUT of the new film and Ursa has been promoted to the role of major villain, then that’s fine with me. I would have preferred the Anti-Matter Universe Superwoman of Earth 2, but Ursa is cool too.

    One thing though, I really wish they would have a flashback sequence to Krypton in its prime. I know that everyone says that keeping that part of the story untold is a powerful storytelling technique but if they got Grant Morrison to write at least that portion of the film it would end up really amazing.

    Also, they should have Leo Quintum in the movie. They won’t of course. Chris Nolan and Grant Morrison are like Anti-Matter opposites. Grant is endlessly inventive and creative, Nolan is plodding and ridiculously boring. Sorry but Inception was a piece of crap (it gave us the illusion of creativity).

  • Sijo

    Ursa may not have officially appeared in the comics until 2006, but she was very obviously based on Faora, the evil female member of the Phantom Zone criminals introduced in the comics earlier in the 70’s. They just changed her name and looks for the movie (same with the other Zone villains.)

  • Todd Matthy

    Can we just have Brainiac in the Superman movies?

  • Captain_Obvious

    Obviously Carrie Ann Moss needs to be cast in the role of URSA. Obviously…

  • filmfan2000

    Silly boy.

  • Krypto21382

    Let’s just hope the world doesn’t end before the movies release!! I’m really looking forward to this movie. It would be awesome to have Brainiac as the main villain!

  • knightoftomorrow

    Do they really need to use the same villains in the reboot that they used the first time? I’m hoping this is still just a rumor.

  • Cg1701

    Think they are missing a huge thing with the new movie.. Why not have Tom Welling as Superman!!! Makes a hell of a lot of sense. And his character has a history with Zod.. Ursa seeks revenge on Kal-EL I would pay to see smallville continued as the Superman movies.

  • kozmik

    Are you serious? Have you seen Nolan’s movies? I always thought that Nolan was the Morrison of Hollywood.