Is There a Secret Villain in MAN OF STEEL?

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Though the internets have made it incredibly difficult for superhero movies to be made under the guise of secrecy, director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel has been able to fly pretty well under the radar thus far.  When Snyder premiered the first footage from the film at Comic-Con this summer, we had literally no idea what it would look like.  The significantly shorter teaser trailer gave the general public a tiny taste of what’s in store for Supes, but now it appears that the Man of Steel veil is starting to lift.

Though Snyder is remiss to outright confirm it, we know that Michael Shannon plays the villain General Zod to Henry Cavill’s Superman, and we also know that Antje Traue is playing baddie Faora.  Now a recent slip by LEGO might have spilled the beans about yet another villain who may be making an appearance in the film.  Hit the jump to read on, but beware of POTENTIAL SPOILERS for Man of Steel.

man of steel poster comic conA list of LEGO sets that are slated for release in 2013 seems to suggest that we could see another villain from the Superman comics pop up in Man of Steel.  Here’s the list of sets courtesy of Brick Set (via Screen Crush):

  • 76000 Arctic Batman vs. Mr.Freeze – Aquaman on Ice
  • 76001 Batman vs. Bane – Chase with Tumbler
  • 76002 Superman Metropolis Showdown
  • 76003 Superman Battle of Smallville
  • 76004 Spider-Man – Hunting with Spider-Cycle
  • 76005 Spider-Man – Mission at Daily Bugle
  • 76006 Iron Man Extremis
  • 76007 Iron Man Malibu Mansion
  • 76008 Iron Man vs Mandarin
  • 76009 Superman Black Zero Escape

Not all of these sets are movie related (see: Aquaman on Ice), but most of them tie-in to scenes from movies like The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, and even Iron Man 3.  We saw footage from Iron Man 3 at Comic-Con that most definitely fits the “Malibu Mansion” and “Extremis” sequence descriptions, so those are certainly film tie-ins.  Moreover, we’ve seen set photos that suggest a “Battle of Smallville” sequence in Man of Steel and some footage from the Comic-Con reel certainly plays into a “Metropolis Showdown” sequence.

The other set for Superman is called “Black Zero Escape,” and that name is particularly noteworthy.  Black Zero was a villain in the comics who destroyed Krypton and had his sights set on destroying Earth as well.  He was known as a “space saboteur” and was too powerful for Superman to destroy himself.  In other words, bad news for Superman all around.

Keep in mind that this LEGO list is in no way a confirmation that Black Zero will appear in Man of Steel.  No casting announcements have suggested that another baddie will pop up in the film, but it seems odd that LEGO would randomly release a Black Zero-themed set to coincide with Man of Steel’s release.  As such, I wouldn’t be surprised if we catch a glimpse of the character when Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14th, 2013.

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  • Matthew

    If Jor-El is said to have armor and a weapon in the movie, it is conceivable that Black Zero was the reason Krypton was destroyed in the movie, perhaps in a siege of some kind? I heard that Zod is actually sympathetic in the movie and he bands together with Superman to defeat a larger foe. Huh.

    • Shaun

      Interesting… I like to think I know my comics, but I’d never even heard of Black Zero prior to now.

      If Zod ends up teaming up with Supes though… I dunno. It always seems like Supes needs help in the movies, or needs to be saved somehow. Hell, this happens far too often in the comics/cartoons too.

      Can’t the freakin’ mightiest hero of them all just defeat a bad guy on his own, without any help once in a while?? Kinda makes him less than “super” if he can’t.

      • Diaz

        Yeah but how interesting is that movie going to be? “Oh hello person threatening the planet or galaxy. You should stop doing that. (Throws punch) Whew. Glad thats over!” Credits roll.
        That said I do agree with you to a point that he can be almost too vulnerable for being the superest man on the planet. But in this case if he’s fighting someone from Krypton, his enemy is just as “super” as he is.

      • duh

        i believe that originally clark releases zod from the phantom zone to help him defeat black zero. black zero first appeared in action comics vol. 1 so the character has been around for a long time. he’s also been a black ops kryptonian group, and a clone of superboy.

  • dannyboy3030

    Bizarro Superman? That would be dope.

  • Shaun

    Also, why the hell does Spider-Man need a cycle?

    • Griz

      I take it that you”ve never suffered through an episode of Ultimate Spiderman . . .he rides it over the webbing he shoots from building to building . . . i tried to figure out why that was necessary, but then i stopped watching.

      • Xander

        Ultimate spider-man isnt that bad, its better than other animated shows. Plus they explain why he uses it in the show. Although im not completely on their side i do agree it is kinda stupid and takes away from the character but from a practical stand point they do make a point.

    • Rob

      Spider-Man has had many a motorcycle over the years. At least in terms of toys. Hell, Superman has had a car.

  • Sugreev2001

    Lex Luthor must show up in some shape or form.

  • Person

    Might just be there in the background as a planet-destroyer that’ll play a bigger part in Justice League (aka he’s the reason a bunch of heroes need to get together and save Earth).

    • sense 11

      I like that idea

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  • Diaz

    Yeah but how interesting is that movie going to be? \"Oh hello person threatening the planet or galaxy. You should stop doing that. (Throws punch) Whew. Glad thats over!\" Credits roll.
    That said I do agree with you to a point that he can be almost too vulnerable for being the superest man on the planet. But in this case if he\’s fighting someone from Krypton, his enemy is just as \"super\" as he is.

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  • Chris

    DONT PUT TOO MANY VILLAINS IN ONE MOVIE… If they want to tie in black zero for a possible sequal go for it, but even then black zero isnt a fan fav villain if they want badass and death to superman look no further then doomsday or darkseid.. From what i understand is that they already casted kevin spacey to play lex luthor (theres your secondary villain).. Its too early to say anything of a sequal or other villains until snyder brings out the thearetical trailer for the film we cant suggest anything for now… On a lighter note.. HUGE FAN OF SUPERMAN and i am looking forward to MAN OF STEEL!!!!

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  • trebborsf

    “Though Snyder is remiss to outright confirm it,…”
    Doesn’t ‘remiss’ mean not doing something one ‘should’ do? Pretty sure he’s gleefully witholding info in an effort to maximize enjoyment (and profit.)

  • Dude

    Zod will be in the movie so i would guess that he is the bad guy

  • Hazmat Suit Guys

    here is the secret villain, he is worse than Zod http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMOOiTFZRx0

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