In a press release issued on Sunday, April 10, Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed the Man of Steel as the title for the next Superman film. It has also announced that Michael Shannon will take the role of General Zod, which was portrayed by Terence Stamp in 1980's Superman II.
Talking about Shannon, Zack Snyder says, "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. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role."
However, Shannon is best known for his portrayal of John Givings in Revolutionary Road. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 Academy Awards for his acting in the film. He has also appeared on HBO's series 'Boardwalk Empire'. He can soon be seen in Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter.