Snyder Denies Mortensen Rumor, Drops <i>Superman</i> Character Clue

When Kevin Costner was confirmed last week for the role of Jonathan Kent in the new Superman movie, it left us with one significant casting rumor -- that Viggo Mortensen is a "person of interest" to play Phantom Zone criminal General Zod. Alas, that piece of gossip isn't about to come true.

"Yeah, Viggo is not going to be in the movie, let’s say that right now," director Zack Snyder told Latino Review. "I can clear that up."

He didn't elaborate, so we're left to wonder whether Mortensen was actually "a person of interest" to play Zod or any other character, or if the actor's attachment to Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman made him unavailable.

In a separate interview with Jake Hamilton -- Snyder is making the press rounds promoting Sucker Punch -- the director revealed what's potentially an even bigger tidbit. When asked for, essentially, a scoop about Superman, he cryptically responded, "There could be a character in the movie that other people might refer to as Superman."

That could, of course, be interpreted to mean Zod, a Kryptonian who, when exposed to the rays of Earth's sun, would possess powers identical to Superman. Or, as Cosmic Book News suggests, it could hint at Bizarro, the funhouse-mirror image of the Man of Steel introduced in 1958.

If it is, Bizarro -- and that's probably a big "if" -- that would be fantastic, as it would further distance the reboot from the earlier Superman movies while giving screen time to a classic villain who's been rarely utilized outside of comics and animation.

The Superman reboot, which is expected to begin filming in late summer, so far stars Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent. It's 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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