For decades, General Zod has earned the reputation of one of the most notorious villains in DC Comics history. Created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp, he debuted in 1961's Adventure Comics #283. Over the years, his comic book character has changed, growing ever bigger, badder and more dangerous. And his reputation has, understandably, extended beyond the printed page as well, having been used in various cartoons, television and movies over the years.
Zod, or General Dru-Zod as he's formally known, was the counterpoint to Superman's scientist father, Jor-El, back on Krypton. He's famous for being banished to the Phantom Zone as punishment for his uprisings, and also for wanting to bring Krypton back to life in some form or another, no matter what it costs the universe. Over the years, this has painted an intriguing dynamic between him and Superman, someone he sees as a traitor no matter what media they face each other in.
With both men as polar opposites to each other, it's no surprise Zod is usually depicted as an intense dictator, hellbent on genocide in the name of his people. Now, having made his presence known in his most recent incarnation on Syfy's Krypton, we're ranking Zod's live-action appearances to see which is the best of all time.
5. Supergirl's Zod
Mark Gibbon appeared in the Season 2 finale of Supergirl as General Zod, and while his role was brief, it was suitably intimidating. When Rhea, the Daxamite queen, infected Superman (Tyler Hoechin) with silver kryptonite, he started hallucinating Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) as Zod. As both threw down in National City, we caught his visions of Zod in glimpses, but when he appeared, he bore all the traits of a madman.
"Your carcass will lie dead at my feet Kal-El, and the people of this planet will kneel before me," he warned Superman, before engaging him in a brawl which Supergirl would eventually win. Gibbon had a commanding presence, but because his role was relegated to such a short cameo, he didn't really get to put his stamp on the character, apart from having evil-looking eyes and reciting scary lines. Mon-El indicated later on Zod would fight the Legion of Superheroes in the future, so hopefully the show expands on this and brings him back sooner rather than later.