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Michael Shannon Joins 'Superman' Cast

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Apr. 11 2011, Published 1:48 p.m. ET

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an evil general? Michael Shannon from Boardwalk Empire has officially joined the new Superman reboot, Man of Steel, as the evil General Zod. He'll go face-to-face against Henry Cavill, the new Superman.

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According to the Huffington Post, director Zack Snyder released a statement: “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."

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And by the looks of it, Michael's joining an already star-studded cast! Amy Adams will play Lois Lane, Henry Cavill will leap tall buildings in a single bound as Clark Kent/Superman and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner have signed on to play Martha and Jonathan Kent.

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