In the upcoming Superman reboot film, now titled Man of Steel action Michael Shannon has been named to play General Zod. You might remember Shannon from such shows as Revolutionary Road and Boardwalk Empire.
In a statement director Zack Snyder said:
“Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t.” He continued with praise for Shannon. “Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”
Personally, I think he has the chops to play the role; the question is how the film will present him. We will see.