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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.