In recent news, it looks like we finally know who our villain is in the upcoming "Superman: Man of Steel" film. Or at least one of them...hopefully...it's none other than famous Superman baddie, General Zod. Some of you may remember Zod as the evil Kryptonian General from Christopher Reeves' popular "Superman II." Plus, it seems Michael Shannon, who some might remember from such films as "Revolutionary Road", which earned him a well deserved Academy Award nomination, is cast to play the role of Zod.
Anyways, Michael Shannon is playing General Zod; which in laimen terms means that you can expect casting news on who plays his cohorts Kryptonian henchmen soon. Although I am happy that Superman will have a villain that forces him to use all his powers to save the day, I am a bit disappointed by this. Seriously, we're talking about a character who has a 100 yrs worth of history, and fought villains across the universe and parallel dimensions in comic books. However, the best WB can do is make up villains and keep throwing Lex Luthor at him? Seriously? Or in this case, recycle villains? Gee, what about Brainiac? He's from Krypton. I'd much rather he was the bad guy in this film rather than Zod because not only can he challenge superman physically like Zod can, but he's DIFFERENT. This just seems like WB is recycling the same villains...AGAIN!. Oh well. I'll still watch it, but i hope to god that there's another main bad guy (besides lex luthor who we already know is in the film) besides Zod in this movie. I'm just praying that maybe...just maybe...Brainiac will be the brains behind Zod. That would be cool.
However, I guess we'll have to wait and see. by the way....KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!
You know in hindsight, I think a revamped version of Zod could work on the big screen. After all, with Nolan handling the script and producing, while Snyder handles the choreography and special effects, then we might actually see an epic adventure worthy of the name SUPERMAN! I just wonder who else will be in this film, as I have a feeling he won't be the only villain. I know WB is actively casting Lex Luther, as we speak. However, I wonder if WB and Snyder have another ace up their sleeve....what do you guys think?
I will say this though. At least they're casting rather well for the parts that they do have in this film if I do say so myself.
edit: plus, with Zod's Kryptonian military training, you know he can kick the crap out of Superman, who relies too much on his powers. Therefore, I expect to see Superman get his a** kicked by Zod and his military trained super powered goons.
i have to stop you from talking to yourself lol. Isn't he the guy that played the general in startship troopers?
I don't think so. It doesn't list "starship troopers" on the list of films he's done on imdb, from what I can tell. unless, i over looked it. Oh well, I'm sure he'll play a fine general zod though. who knows maybe with today's moder cgi, we'll see some pretty cool fight scenes with Superman; unlike the last movie. Anyways, thanks for stopping me from talking to myself, as I got lost in my train of thoughts there for a minute. temporary insanity i tells ya!
You did for me last night. Am I that Unforgettable? What the Hell! :-)
In the words of the real Daffy Duck, "You're despicable!" j/k
Seriously though, you're a pretty funny guy, as I always get a chuckle reading some of your posts.
thats not what I heard lol j/k. I saw who he was the guy always plays a good bad guy so he'll do just fine!
I'll be watching! My family eats these kinds of movies up. Hopefully we won't be disappointed
Thats a great self photo to bad its time to shave the beard lol
This thread is just a pile of cats and dogs and cartoons !!
Superman will not move forward as he is trapped in time by being type cast by himself, so the villains are trapped with him. There are no new horizons at the moment as society stagnates in the bile of its own unpaid mortgages and national trillions of debt.
When some new way forward opens up it will provide a window for Superman to fly into the future - or not.
I sometimes think that Superman was created to replace the god figure for people too clever to be taken in by that idea - along with his fallen angel baddies etc.
Now tell us how you really feel Feel better?
Superman is nothing more than fantasy and a way to temporarily escape from everyday life. I personally love these kinds of things, but am more than happy to get back to life afterwards, no worse for wear and usually very much entertained.
You can twist and turn and analyze it any which way you choose. It doesn't make it so. Everything in life has different meanings to different people. It'd be ever so boring otherwise!
You may well be right - but Superman is still trapped in his own time ! nothing we can do about that, you can't wish him out - anyway he would get laughed off the set these days if he appeared wearing those camp knickers his mother made for him
Well I don't know about that. I think Nell kind of hit it on the head that not everyone will interpret things the same way when it relates to science fiction and fantasy. Sure, you can look at some of the religious aspects when it come to Superman, as there is a strong "savior" theme to his character that has caused even many comic book experts to claim he's the "jesus christ" of superheroes. However, on the other hand, you can look at him as the ultimate immigrant; which if you stop to think about it...he is a immigrant in the USA.
One could easily look at his character coming from Krypton, where he had no powers whatsoever, as a metaphor for how economically oppressive most other countries are. Then when Superman grows up on Earth, particularly the US (wink wink), he's suddenly able to do almost ANYTHING. Which could be a metaphor on how the US allows any immigrant to rise above to do almost anything their heart desires.
However, another good metaphor to think about when it comes to Superman is how Christopher Nolan and Michael Caine have referred to him; which makes a lot of sense when you stop to think about it. In fact, I'll quote Nolan for you if you like:
I tend to agree with Michael Caine, when it comes to Superman. Superman is really the metaphorical representation of how America sees itself, as being an almighty godlike super power that always does the right thing. Whereas Batman, he's the metaphorical representation of how EVERYONE ELSE sees America; a outlaw vigilante that often borders on the line of breaking various laws in order to get results by any means necessary.
Don't get me wrong, you can choose to look at Superman by any one of these metaphors, and you wouldn't be wrong to go by any one. However, I kind of agree with Snyder when he said, "People have various ideas of who Superman is, but many of them probably aren't a 100 percent accurate, as he's a much deeper character than most people know."
anyways, those are just my thoughts anyways.
I consider this is an insufficient response to my main deeper point that this guy wears satin knickers - OVER HIS TIGHTS - that his mother made for him !
well in Superman's defense, his trademark costume is actually made out of the indestructible blanket he was wrapped in as a baby. He wears it mainly to keep in touch with his home world, but it's also every bit as indestructible as he is.
Then again, you do have a point that it does look a tad ridiculous. However, that logic can be pretty much applied to almost any other superhero out there then if you want to use that rhetorical excuse.
AND you bring up another blatantly ridiculous point - if the blanket was indestructable - how did his Mom cut it up and sew it - HAH !
in the comic book and old 50's tv show, they claim he used his heat vision to help cut the fabric into a costume; along with some of the kryptonian tech he had up in the fortress of solitude.
Yeah well - indestructable is indestructable - if they couldn't even get that right !
Anyway he is still unbelievably camp with those tights and the little red girl-scout cape thing going on - he wouldn't last one minute in San Quentin, super powers or not !
Well maybe the correct wording I should've used was indestructable by any EARTH methods. Hey, don't shoot the messenger okay, as I'm just telling you the logic they use in the comic books. However, if you think that's funny, then you probably shouldn't ask me about the logic of how nobody in Metropolis knows that Clark Kent and Superman are the same guy; even though all he does is comb his hair differently, change his voice and wears glasses as Clark.
Don't know who San Quentin is, so I'll just take your word for it. However, any guy that can stop a bullet with his freaking eyeball alone has my respects. j/k
Metropolis is the clue to it all - the guy who coined the term writes about how we have moved to receiving our information in a visual way due to city life, as a series of disconnected passing images where we only see what shocks us or stands out. Means we don't see the bleedin' obvious I guess ?
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