Superman villain General Zod has a message for the people of Earth in a new video promoting “Man of Steel”: Turn Superman in.
The staticky video, released on the heels of last week’s TV spot, runs 30 seconds and features the arch-villain Zod, portrayed by Michael Shannon in the upcoming Zack Snyder film.
“For some time your world has sheltered one of my citizens,” Zod’s digitally altered voice declares. “I request that you return this individual to my custody.”
Then the general addresses Superman himself.
“To Kal-El, I say this: Surrender within 24 hours or watch this world suffer the consequences,” he commands.
Those consequences will likely present good fodder for action sequences for the film, which hits theaters June 14. Shannon, whose previous work includes “Boardwalk Empire” and “Revolutionary Road,” shed some light on the character of General Zod in an interview with Hero Complex contributor Oliver Gettell.
“He’s not one of these archetypal villains with horns coming out of his head and breathing fire or something,” Shannon said. “He’s a man, a Kryptonian man. He’s a general, that’s his main attribute. That’s the way I approach it: playing a general. I’ve done military parts before, but I’ve only been up to sergeant, so this is a big promotion.”
Shannon was quick to credit the 1978 film in which Zod (played by Terence Stamp) made his big-screen debut.
“I remember watching the original films — the [Richard] Donner films, and Terence Stamp in the role, and the three Kryptonians — it scared the crap out of me,” he said. “It really left an impression on me. Someone asking me to follow in those footsteps seemed like the highest kind of challenge you could have as an actor.”
Check out the General Zod promo in the video above.
– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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