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Zod Has a Message for Earth in New Promo for Man of Steel

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If fans were uncertain about General Zod’s motivations for coming to Earth in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, a new promo for the Warner Bros. franchise reboot goes a long way to clear things up.

In a static-filled transmission, the people of Earth are informed “You are not alone,” before the distorted figure of Zod (Michael Shannon) appears on screen to declare, “My name is General Zod. For some time your world has sheltered one of my citizens. I request that you return this individual to my custody. … To Kal-El, I say this: Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences.”

It’s no “Kneel before Zod,” but it signals that this version of the character is far more complex (and a lot less campy) than the would-be world conqueror we were introduced to in Superman: The Movie and Superman II.

Opening June 14, Man of Steel also stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy and Harry Lennix as General Swanwick.

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

The film also stars four-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois lane, and Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar nominee Diane lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner (“Dances With Wolves”).

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue (upcoming “The Seventh Son”). Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer (“Angels and Demons”), and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). Rounding out the cast are Christopher Meloni (upcoming “42”) as U.S. military man Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix (“State of Play”) as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) as Steve Lombard, and Richard Schiff (TV’s “The West Wing”) as Dr. Emil Hamilton.


  • Red the Dove

    Am I the only only that thinks this will be as bad as Superman Returns? The suit is just as weird. Superman has a receding hairline. Zod has creatives facial hair and a football uniform. It just seems like they’re making all the same mistakes that the great and infallible Bryan singer did. I think this will be more Watchmen than The Dark Knight. (BTW Watchman was bad, you goofs.)

  • lewis4510

    This movie needs to match Batman numbers to justify not only a sequel but to go forward with a JL movie. And a argument could be made that it needs to make more money.

  • irishyardball

    LOL. “Watchmen was bad” “Infallible Bryan Singer”? What movies have you been watching? Watchmen is one of the better superhero films to date. And Singer’s X-MEN films are not that good. Aside from the Usual Suspects he has done nothing of consequence. This looks to be a good film, and Nolan producing almost insures that it will be.

    Can you say the same for Days of Future Past? I see them pulling all these names from Singer’s films… and I cringe. Why does he have to bring them into it, just move on with the new characters and make something good. First Class is ok, there are some things i dont like, but its a great base to start with but it seems like FOX is hellbent on never making a good Superhero film.

  • irishyardball

    I agree, Man of Steel needs to be amazing, and it needs to do at least close to as good as Dark Knight. Otherwise i don’t see them getting JL off the ground. But maybe thats not a bad thing. Maybe they should just can the idea and make good single character films. And fix Green Lantern.

    They definitely have the better track record. Only Iron Man has really been at the top of the Marvel list, the other films i like but Captain America and Thor didnt do amazingly well.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    I bet if Cap had been bitter and angry with a huge scowl throughout the film it would have made more money, people these days just seem to hate positive characters any more.

  • Mr_Wayne

    There’s absolutely no pleasing you people is there?

  • Jack Daniel

    Was that Zod or Braniac?

  • dregj

    watchmen was the best comic book movie for long time
    dark knight was an abomination with a stupid nonsensical plot and far too many coincidences.
    lets pray man of steel is like watchmen

  • unit_99

    How dare u compare this to Superman Returns! This movies teaser had more action than Returns!!!!!!!!!! Go watch your Transformers trilogy jerks!