‘Superman’ Circling Michael Shannon for Villain?

A new rumor has the ‘Boardwalk Empire’ star as a person of interest for the Man of Steel’s nemesis.

Michael Shannon might play Superman's unknown villain
Michael Shannon might play Superman's unknown villain
Just off the heels of today's news that Édgar Ramírez might play the villain in Superman, another contender has emerged in Michael Shannon.

It still isn't clear who this villain actually is, with speculation running to the character Zod. There was another rumor last month that Ursa, Zod's sidekick, might be the main villain, although that seems unlikely now. This unknown villain is clearly next on Warner Bros. casting agenda, though. Henry Cavill will play Superman, with Diane Lane and Kevin Costner portraying his adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent.

Michael Shannon was most recently seen on the first season of HBO's hit series Boardwalk Empire. He also stars in the Sony Pictures Classics movie Take Shelter, which is set for release later this year. Michael Shannon is currently attached to a number of projects such as The Iceman, Premium Rush, and Machine Gun Preacher, although it isn't known when any of those productions will start filming.

Zack Snyder will direct Superman from a script by David S. Goyer. Production is said to start later this summer.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (27)

  1. MovieManiac

    Breaking news guys. Amy Adams was just cast as Lois Lane in the new Superman movie.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  2. Ryan Moran

    who will he play tho

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  3. Emmytt

    who the hell will the villain be!?

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  4. thedude-abides

    He's a solid actor, but for some reason I can never shake the image of him as the KKK member in Bad Boys II.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. bipolarmassive

    Sorry! Don't really care for this guy!

    4 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  6. Oakfam


    4 years agoby @oakfamFlag

  7. Stiles

    he is the best thing in Boardwalk Empire and I can see him being a fantastic villain. Good call I say!

    4 years agoby @stilesFlag

  8. TheMime

    these guys should f*cken make up their minds already........

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  9. skywise

    This guy is an awesome actor. This brings some real acting chops to the table. Cant wait to see who he plays.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. LuxoIII

    Guys, Zod is NOT going to be the villain. They have said so more than once, so I don't know why this is still in question.

    4 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  11. Bane5000

    @ejk1...Poor Snyder :\...lol

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  12. MrJangles

    @bane5000 Billy Zane is actually perfect for Lex Luthor.

    4 years agoby @mrjanglesFlag

  13. ejk1

    @bane5000 The truth hurts sometimes.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Daveactor7

    LMAO just looking at that picture of him there he reminds me of Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  15. Bane5000

    @ejk... "failure of Airbender proportions."....Ouch, thats not only a hit below the belt, thatsa kick to the taint comparing it to Aribender

    @dan1...I hope he doesnt change his style for Supes, i was looking forward to see what he can do using his distinct art style for this film....WB leave the man be, let him and Nolan do what they do best...rake in the money for you :D

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  16. Bane5000

    @pjwolsker...Im still hoping Billy Zane gets casted as Lex

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  17. Bane5000

    Hmmm i can see him as either Bizzaro or Metallo

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  18. Pjwolsker

    i can see him as Lex

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  19. Furankisan

    Shannon has come a long way since Pearl Harbor, he is one crazy bastard on Boardwalk Empire. But yep watch news hit the fan next week on Sups just trying to cover up Sucker Punch embarrasing box office. Damn really looking forward to Punch too.

    4 years agoby @furankisanFlag

  20. Brian

    He'd be good.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  21. Dan

    @ejk1 Yeah, I read that, too. I also just read on CBM that Snyder plans on going a new route with Superman, not his usual 'stylistic' one. That's spin talk for "the studio is pressuring me to change up my game, or I'm gone".

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. ejk1

    @dan1 I don't think he'll have a choice. Sucker Punch may do well this weekend, but it definitely won't have legs. He's going to have to make people forget what at least one reviewer has called a "failure of Airbender proportions."

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. Dan

    @ejk1 Haha, yep. The Superman news and updates will flow after Monday.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  24. thrashnasty190

    Cool hope he gets a part i want to see him be really evil

    4 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  25. CUPID

    All this talk about villains now, only means one thing soon we will know who is who.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm getting really tired of all this secrecy

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. ejk1

    I've heard some talk about Bizarro, but who knows. Personally, I think Ramirez looks a little like Vandal Savage, which doesn't make all that much sense as far as this film goes. I expect Snyder will be more forthcoming after this weekend, what with all the blistering he's going to receive for Sucker Punch, which is already deemed a colossal critical failure. He's going to need to restore some confidence and credit he will almost certainly lose by Monday.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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