Nearly three weeks after Michael Shannon was confirmed as the new General Zod in Warner Bros. Pictures and Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, we may be closer to casting Zod's female counterpart, Faora. Variety reports that Pandorum actress Antje Traue has been set in the role for Snyder's upcoming 2012 tale but it's not exactly clear which Faora character we shall see in the theatrical reboot.
The trade reports the following scenarios:
There are multiple Faoras in the Superman universe, so it remains unclear which one Traue has been tapped to play. The first Faora, Faora Hu-Ul, was introduced in Action Comics #471 as a beautiful Kryptonian woman with an intense unexplained hatred for all men. She was an expert at the Kryptonian martial art of Horo-Kanu, which utilizes pressure points on the Kryptonian body and made her a dangerous foe for Superman to fight in hand-to-hand combat. In fact, he was forced to flee from their first encounter.
That said, it's more likely that Traue will be playing the version of Faora that debuted in Action Comics #779 as a Pokolistanian aide of General Zod. That character was an orphan metahuman with the ability to disrupt molecular bonds, which allowed her to create a mutagenic virus that served as the linchpin of Zod's plan.
In pop culture, the female Kryptonian named Ursa in "Superman" and "Superman II" is believed to be based on Faora, who appeared on the eighth season of "Smallville" as the wife of General Zod.
So which shall we see? We'll let you Maniacs discuss your theories down below...
If Traue joins the cast, she will be joining co-stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon. Zack Snyder is directing Man of Steel from a screenplay by David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan. Christopher Nolan is producing alongside Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder, while Legendary topper Thomas Tull is exec producing with Lloyd Phillips.
Production is scheduled to start this summer in Chicago, with a release planned for December 2012.