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Now that we are a week into November, many of us have already begun shutting down 2012 and looking ahead to 2013. That's no slight to 'Skyfall,' 'The Hobbit,' and 'Django Unchained,' for which there is still much excitement and anticipation, but it's looking as if next year may be even more overloaded with geek properties than was 2012. One of the biggest releases of next year is Zack Snyder's foray into the Superman universe, 'Man of Steel.' One of the things that has really intrigued me about this film, and has me pumped for its arrival, is the fact that Michael Shannon ('Take Shelter,' 'Boardwalk Empire') will be playing the legendary villain General Zod. The enigmatic actor has been pretty shy about the role, not saying much about it in interviews up to this point. However, in this television interview, Shannon lets slip that he won't be uttering a very familiar piece of dialogue.
First of all, I have to commend Shannon on his composure during this obnoxious interview. Whose codpiece was bigger? Are you kidding me? So the new Zod won't be delivering that line that helped define the last one. On the one hand, it's disappointing, but it's really not a deal-breaker. At least, I don't think it is. I haven't read enough Superman to know if the line "kneel before Zod" was as indelible to the comics as it was 'Superman II.' To that end, I don't have the necessary knowledge base to say whether it even existed before Terence Stamp spouted it in Richard Donner's/Richard Lester's film. I'll need clarification on that from my well-read Spillios out there. When Michael Shannon was cast as Zod, my first reaction wasn't, "awesome, he'll get to say that line," it was "awesome, Michael Shannon is a phenomenal actor and will make an amazing Zod." There will be plenty for him to bring to the performance outside of a singular piece of dialogue.
What do you guys think? Is it an imperative that Zod command Kal-El to kneel? Does its absence in 'Man of Steel' in any way diminish your enthusiasm for the movie?