Superman fans will kneel before Zod in just a few weeks when "Man of Steel" is released. But why Zod? Why did David S. Goyer and the Nolans bring the Kryptonian general back to the big-screen, as opposed to a different villain we've never seen in a live-action Superman film?
"You start with the story first," Goyer told Superhero Hype. "What kind of story? What kind of theme do you want to tell? So we worked that out. Then, usually the villain becomes obvious in terms of who's going to be the appropriate antagonist for that. When you guys see the movie, the only villain we could have used was Zod and the Kryptonians."
"When you see what the whole story is, nothing else would have even made sense, just like in the same way that nothing else would've made sense other than Bane in ['Dark Knight Rises']," he continued. "You let the story dictate who the right antagonist is rather than the other way around."
As for whether or not we'll hear that famous "Kneel before Zod" line, Goyer was coy. "I can neither confirm…" he said with a laugh. Sounds kind of confirmed?
"Man of Steel" hits theaters next month.
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