Monday, April 22, 2013

General Zod: Is Like Patton ~ Interview with Michael Shannon

Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" promises a new take on an old hero.  With a script by David S. Goyer, whose recent credits include Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy, actor Michael Shannon discusses how he approached the character of General Zod.

For those who are too young to remember General Zod from the "Superman" films from the 70's, let me digress. General Zod (Terence Stamp), his wife Usa (Sarah Douglas)  and Non (Jack O'Halloran) were banished into the Phantom Zone by Superman's father Jor-El (Marlon Brando).  Superman, while diverting a hydrogen bomb away from Earth, and into space inadvertently released them from the Zone.  Coming to Earth, Zod an Elitist, realizing that he like Superman, are aliens with superior powers, could take over Earth.

The General Zod played by Terence Stamp in "Superman II" was ranked as the #30 screen villains of all time.

Comparing his version of General Zod, to World War II hero George Patton, Shannon's take on the character seems to be different than the 70's film version


Movie Data

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Year: 2012
Staring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Zack Snyder
Producer(s): Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Emma Thomas
Writer: David S. Goyer
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 143 minutes
Release Date: 6/14/2013

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