Rumor Has It! (Again) Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL to Battle Metallo

Last spring, we brought you a rumor about the last son of Krypton taking on the villainous Metallo in director Zack Snyder‘s forthcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill in the titular role.

Now, we have a new rumor about Metallo being in the film, posted by the fine folks over at Superman SuperSite. Their report states:

“According to a recent update on IMDB, it may be none other than the villian Metallo.

In the IMDB full-cast listing for “Man of Steel”, former “Battlestar Galactica” star Tahmoh Penikett was originally listed as playing a character in the Zack Synder Superman reboot by the name of Emerson. That has now been updated to show that Penikett is actually playing a character named Henry Ackerdson.

What is interesting about the Ackerdson character is that he was previously featured, if only briefly, in the 2012 Warner Home Video animated feature-film, “Justice League: Doom.” In the film, Ackerdson is shown as a recently fired White House journalist who is about to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of the Daily Planet building. When Superman arrives to talk him out of it, Ackerdson reveals himself to actually be Metallo in disguise who promptly shoots the Man of Steel with a Kryptonite bullet.”

They surmise that pictures from the set [below] of Faora (Antje Traue), which we brought you last year that included a man in a mo-cap suit, may have actually been for a CGI Metallo. At the time, many people assumed it to be a stand-in for a CGI’d Zod (Michael Shannon), until they noticed the tall tracking pole mounted to the mocap actor’s headpiece, which stood 8 to 10 feet in the air.

I said it back then, and I’ll say it again now. I may end up being totally wrong, but I still think it’s going to be a CGI Brainiac. What say you?

Teaser Trailer: Man of Steel


In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as The Daily Planet’s editor-in-chief, Perry White, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. Michael Shannon as the villainous General Zod, Antje Traue as Zod’s evil partner, Faora, Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, and Russell Crowe as Superman’s father, Jor-El.

Man of Steel is slated to hit theaters on June 14th, 2013.

Jason Moore
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