New Set Photos from MAN OF STEEL Reveal General Zod in Black Suit

     September 15, 2011

Some new set photos from Man of Steel have surfaced, this time featuring Michael Shannon’s General Zod decked out in a black suit. Now, this is a bit confusing as Shannon previously confirmed that he would be wearing a motion-capture suit for the duration of filming, meaning that the majority of General Zod would be created in post-production. Today’s images show Shannon wearing a practical suit, with no motion-capture markings. It actually looks like it could be identical, or at least similar, to Henry Cavill’s Superman suit. Maybe it’s a Kryptonian battle suit? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess, but there does seem to be some sort of insignia on the front.

Hit the jump to check out the images, which also include Henry Cavill as Clark Kent cycling down the streets of Chicago. The film stars Cavill, Shannon, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Julia Ormand, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe. Man of Steel opens June 14th, 2013.

Here are the images (via the film’s unofficial Facebook page):

Here’s the synopsis for Man of Steel:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

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  • mrbatmatt

    Hey wait a minute! He’s not wearing his glasses on that bike! That fool now EVERYONE in the city knows he’s Superman. The disguise only works if you wear it!

    • brandon

      You know, I always thought that disguise was ridiculous as well until one Halloween a couple of years ago. I walked into my friend Evan’s house and upon seeing him dressed in nothing but a 70’s outfit I asked him who he was supposed to be. He took off his eye glasses and before he could say it I knew that he was Neil Diamond. I never realized he looked just like him until that moment, which was the same moment that made me realize that Clark Kent’s disguise could actually work.

  • Diskant

    Michael Shannon’s height is 6′ 3″. Henry Cavill’s height is 6′ 1″.
    I hope the climactic fight between Superman and General Zod will knock everyone on their ass.

    The fight scenes in Man of Steel should be like the amazing one between Clark and ‘Titan’ played by WWE superstar Kane in the Smallville episode ‘Combat’ and between Clark and Zod in the season 9 finale “Salvation” where Zod says
“Every human, including the woman you love, will kneel before Zod!”

    • Mr. Me

      Dude, stop posting this same post on every Superman article, ‘k? Thanks.

  • DonMathi


    didn’t know? today everything is done with CGI :P
    he will get his glasses later. some cool glasses with special gadgets :D

  • Phoenix

    That looks more like Cavill’s stunt double. Why else would Zod’s costume be so similar to Superman’s?

    • Jon

      Except that that’s clearly Michael Shannon, the actor playing Zod. And it’s similar because they are from the same planet.

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      I can easily see hair on his chin, no way that’s Cavill’s stunt double.

      Of all the photos, I actually found the one with Cavill on the mounted bike the most interesting and fun to look at. :)

  • Nomis

    Looks great! Curious about the symbol on his chest……

    And why would everyone immediately know who Superman is? I guess he won’t show his face to everyone or even to the newspapers/Daily Planet.

  • broski

    From the side he looks like Peter from Fringe

  • Syd Barrett

    I’ve got a bike
    You can ride it if you like
    It’s got a basket
    A bell that rings
    And things to make it look good
    I’d give it to you if I could
    But I borrowed it

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  • LEM

    It was nice of Martha Kent to make a costume for Zod too.

  • pete

    Just give me a trailer already!!!

  • spongefist

    I’ve got a bike like his…

  • rob

    that the guy in the background that make Superman cape look like its flying around

  • gcm443

    This is a relief. He looked really skinny in the interviews and I was nervous how credible he would be as a villain that has to fight superman from a physical standpoint

  • Jeff

    Why is Clark on a bike? Seems kind of silly to me, since the guy can still run faster than a speeding bullet.

  • brandon

    Kind of amazing how much Cavill resembles Chris Reeves.

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  • styles

    My guess is the the teaser trailer, will show withthe dark knight rises.But i do hope Synder holds back a bit especially with the slow motion stuff, in Nolan i trust.

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