Is Ursa <i>Superman's</i> Female Lead?

The mysterious female lead in director Zack Snyder's Superman reboot apparently isn't a love interest for the Man of Steel, but rather an antagonist.

Citing "a most trusted reliable source," Latino Review contends that Warner Bros. is searching for an actress to play the Kryptonian criminal Ursa, a role originated by Sarah Douglas in Superman: The Movie. Variety reported on Friday that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are on the shortlist to portray the "undisclosed" character, but Kruger has since told SuperHeroHype she's not up for the part.

Latino Review also insists that Lois Lane will be in the movie. However, whether she'll be played by one of the seven rumored contenders for the role -- Rachel McAdams, Milas Kunis and Olivia Wilde, among them -- remains to be seen.

The possible inclusion of Ursa in the franchise reboot naturally reignites early speculation that General Zod will be the movie's main villain, something Snyder had previously dismissed as "just a rumor."

In 1978's Superman: The Movie, Ursa was sentenced alongside Zod (Terence Stamp) and Non (Jack O'Halloran) to eternal imprisonment in the Phantom Zone by Krypton's Ruling Council of Elders for unspecified crimes. But in Superman II, the detonation of a hydrogen bomb hurled into space by the Man of Steel freed the trio, who attempted to conquer Earth and exact revenge against the son of one of their jailers.

Ursa didn't appear in DC Comics until 2006 when, in a story written by Geoff Johns and Superman director Richard Donner, she was introduced as a Phantom Zone criminal, lover of Zod and mother of Lor-Zod, the Kryptonian boy adopted by Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

The Superman reboot, which is expected to begin filming in June, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. It’s set for a December 2012 release.

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