"Superman" reboot director Zack Snyder has a lot of work ahead of him as he prepares to launch into the Man of Steel's next cinematic voyage. Specifically, there's casting to consider — who should star as the Last Son of Krypton in the "Watchmen" director's forthcoming reboot?
But that's not the only piece of casting to consider; in addition to Metropolis regulars like Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Snyder also has to find the right actor to play his villian, rumored to be General Zod, the "Superman II" antagonist played by Terence Stamp.
So, who should play General Zod? As is the Secret Identity custom, we have a few picks in mind.
The Oscar-nominated actor has been linked to Zod in the past, and it's not hard to understand why, as Law shares a striking resemblance to Stamp's youthful portrayal of the Kryptonian extremist.
Law is not only an accomplished actor in various genres, he's also a comic book enthusiast and a noted fan of "Watchmen," making his potential partnership with Snyder a match made in comic book heaven.
An expert at playing malicious menaces, Fassbender would make for a fabulous Zod. The only rub — he's already fulfilling his comic book bad guy requirements as Magneto in "X-Men: First Class." Does he have room on his plate for two comic roles? Ryan Reynolds would probably say yes!
Another Snyder veteran, the former Nite Owl has the face and spirit of a good guy... which is exactly why it's so fun to watch him go bad.
Patrick Wilson was an excellent, if ineffective, villain in "The A-Team," but with the extra firepower that comes with Kryptonian heritage, he could do some real damage in a one-on-one battle against Snyder's Superman.
After his performance in "Inception," it's clear that Tom Hardy can play devious rogues with little difficulty, but it's his chilling turn in "Bronson" that cements his ability to play a ruthless villain like Zod.
Already mentioned as a solid pick for Brainiac in a previous Secret Identity column — a choice that I stand by — Hardy could do equally well as General Zod.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Terence Stamp is General Zod, and as long as the man is still alive and kicking, I don't see why he can't return to the role. Sure, Zod would have to be in his twilight years for Snyder's "Superman," but maybe that's for the best — give him a cameo role and shine the spotlight on a different villain like Brainiac or Metallo.
To modify the famous words of Internet celebrity Chris Crocker, perhaps it's simply best to leave Zod alone.
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