Last month, we reported that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon was in the running to play General Zod (you know, the “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD” guy) in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, The Man of Steel.  And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Shannon has been confirmed as Superman’s best non-Lex Luthor cinematic nemesis.

Warner Bros. announced the big news on Sunday, while Snyder had this to say about the character, and about wedding Shannon to the role:

“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.”

You might remember Zod as portrayed by Terrence Stamp briefly in 1978’s Superman and as the primary villain in 1980’s Superman II (aka, the badass one where they through buses at each other).

Michael Shannon will be joining the a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.

The Man of Steel will be directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and written by David Goyer.  Translation: as long as Snyder doesn’t make it, you know, all Zack Snyder-y, this is will be amazing.

What do you think of Shannon as Zod?