When I heard the Superman Reboot was going to include General Zod, I was puzzled. I was curious to see a new take on the character, but at the same time, I was hoping this Reboot would break new ground instead of rehashing old Superman film stories.
Thankfully Snyder has come forward to say that Zod is a rumour.
Snyder simply responded, “For now, it’s just a rumor.”
Snyder also discussed about getting this coveted directing gig over many names that surfaced as potential directors.
“I’m not sure what I’ve done. It wasn’t like a run race, which would have been easier to do. Anyway, I think that you have to do your best to describe this world and that the character of Superman needs to be relevant again without disrespecting this mythology. That’s my goal,” said Snyder.
I am actually happy to hear they are not playing with Zod.
Reboots have a big set of shoes to fill already, as they are inevitably going to be compared to the franchise they are overwriting, so they would be wise to stay away from ANY of the existing film villains.
That means no Luthor, no Zod and no Luthor.
And no Richard Pryor (inevitably played by Chris Tucker)
Keep it fresh and pull from some other significant enemy in the history of the franchise. But don’t go TOO big, or the sequel will fall under its shadow. The hero formula of origin movies having minor villains works best here.
And whoever it is, we find out that their motivations were the result of Luthor meddling from the background in a reveal like Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes.
Luthor is not a front line villain. If they do toy with Luthor again, they need to keep him the enigmatic puppet master. Give him a presence, but never let on that he is truely behind Superman’s conflicts.