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Michael Shannon cast as General Zod; Amy Adams is Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s Superman + Kevin Costner confirmed as Jonathan Kent

Kneel before Zod. Warner Brothers has announced that “Man of Steel” (notice the new official title) director Zack Snyder has settled on Michael Shannon to play the role of Zod in the Christopher Nolan-directed film. The Kryptonian character was memorably played by Terence Stamp in “Superman II”:

Snyder stated, “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.”

Shannon recently sat down for a Q&A session at the RiverRun International Film Festival and talked about landing the role [via /Film]

In other casting news, Kevin Costner has been confirmed for Jonathan Kent and Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane. Here are some quotes from Snyder on the respective cast announcements:

Snyder on the casting of Costner: “Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”

Snyder on the casting of Adams: “There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”

Snyder spoke to Hero Complex | LA Times about his overall plan for the film:

“Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies. … If you look at Batman Begins, there’s that structure, there’s the canon that we know about and respect but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.”

Meanwhile, the Man of Steel himself, British actor Henry Cavill spoke to Splash Page | MTV during his WonderCon 2011 appearance in San Francisco, describing the film as “a re-imagining and modernization of an iconic character”:Check out an interview with Snyder at Digital Spy. “Man of Steel” is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2012.

This article was included in my latest edition of Sci-Fi Movies, which you can read in full here.