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Why The New Superman Movie Man of Steel Is Going To Suck: Zod is a Nobody

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The trailers also reveal that Zod, the main villain, has a spaceship and an army of robots. In the comics, Zod is really just a 3rd string villain, imprisoned in another dimension discovered by the Kryptonian scientists called the Phantom Zone. It’s where they sentence criminals. There’s this thing called the Phantom Zone Projector, which they point at the bad guys and zippity-zap they’re in the Zone. If I recall correctly, Zod is in maybe, MAYBE, ten issues of the comic book, and I’m being generous here.

I think they’re bringing Zod back in to play on most people’s fondness for the old Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Sure Zod and his cronies are Kryptonians, so they’ll get the same powers as Kal-El under our yellow sun, but wouldn’t they just battle it out to a stalemate? Plus, Zod, being militarily trained, is a bad-ass and probably the smarter one with a finer-honed strategy than the freakin’ farm-boy from Kansas.

The film would have been much better with a top tier villain like Lex Luthor or Brainiac or The Parasite. Any of those three would be preferable or better yet, all three, since they’re all connected in the DC Universe. The only sure-fire way that Supes has to defeat Zod is by using the only thing in the universe that can hurt a Kryptonian on Earth: a radioactive meteorite remnant of their home-world: Green Kryptonite! UH, but hold on, that brings us to the next reason this movie blows…

NEXT REASON: No Green Kryptonite!


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