General Zod in 2008

General Zod In other media

Film

Superman and Superman II

General Zod appears in Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, portrayed by actor Terence Stamp as a pathologically arrogant and pompous aristocrat, almost bored with his incredible powers and disappointed with the ease of overtaking Earth. He is also portrayed as a super-powered psychopath, especially in the "Richard Donner Cut", which includes a scene where Zod is shown laughing while using an Armalite AR-10 to shoot soldiers in the White House, despite possessing superpowers. He is eventually defeated when Superman lures Zod and his allies to the Fortress after reprogramming a chamber designed to remove Kryptonian powers so that the red sunlight it generates will be reflected outward into the rest of the Fortress rather than into the chamber, allowing Superman to retain his powers while depriving Zod of his. In the Richard Donner cut, it was shown that Superman rotated the Earth backwards again to prevent General Zod and his followers from escaping from the Phantom Zone.

In 2009, issue #7 of the 15-story Superman: World of New Krypton copied this with the phrase "Kneel Before Kal-El" on the cover. Director Richard Lester inspired much of Zod (and company)'s destruction of downtown Metropolis. One scene involved his heat vision being reflected by Superman. Standing in front of a tanning-salon billboard, he comedically imprinted his silhouette over the bikini-clad figure; the rest of the poster charred. In a later scene Superman knocks him to the street and grabs him by his hand and foot; he spins Zod violently then throws him miles away where he crashes through a neon Coca Cola billboard.[9] The film portrayal of General Zod is rated #58 on Wizard magazine's "100 Greatest Villains of All Time" list.[10] Terence Stamp is the voice for Jor-El in the TV series Smallville, and his figure/shape and scream also appear also as Zod in the show (see below). Zod is notably the only other villain to appear in the film series originating from the comics beyond Lex Luthor.

Man of Steel

General Zod in 2008

General Zod will be the main antagonist in the Zack Snyder film, Man of Steel, played by Michael Shannon

Television

Animation

In the Super Friends episode, "The Evil From Krypton" in 1981, a Phantom Zone villain named Zy-Kree resembles the movie-version of Zod.

General Zod appears in the 1988 animated series Superman episode "The Hunter" voiced by René Auberjonois. General Zod is imprisoned in the Phantom Zone with Ursa and Faora (two Kryptonian women) whereas most portrayals of the conspiracy show the Zod trio composed of two men and one woman. While in the Phantom Zone, General Zod and his followers create The Hunter (a creature which can transmute itself into any substance that it touches) and send it to Earth. After the Hunter's fight with Superman, General Zod introduces it to Kryptonite where the Hunter ends up seeking a piece of Kryptonite that is in the possession of Lex Luthor. During the fight with the Hunter, Superman plays dead by going into a suspended animation thanks to a device he gave to Lois Lane. After being awoken from his suspended animation, Superman destroys the Hunter and uses the Phantom Zone Projector to ensure that General Zod stays in the Phantom Zone.

The Superman: The Animated Series version of Jax-Ur is an amalgamation of the comic book character of the same name and General Zod.

Though neither Zod nor Jax-Ur appear in Justice League or Justice League Unlimited, the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything" contains a depiction Superman's dream world where his Kryptonian wife, Loana, mentions another Kryptonian named "Little Zod".

The Silver Age version of Zod makes a cameo appearance in the Legion of Super Heroes episode, "Phantoms". He is one of the many Phantom Zone prisoners attacking the Legion.

Smallville

General Zod in 2008

General Zod appears as a recurring villain in Smallville, although off-screen at first. References to Zod began with season five's season premiere "Arrival", which featured two Kryptonian disciples of Zod (who arrived on Earth in the meteor shower of the season-four finale) searching for Clark Kent (Tom Welling). The season concludes with the Kryptonian artificial intelligence known as Brainiac (James Marsters), having granted Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) Kryptonian superpowers, is able to make him host for Zod's consciousness. The season-six première opens with Zod (Rosenbaum) set to rule over a devastated Metropolis. However, Clark is able to evict Zod's consciousness and send it back to the Phantom Zone. Zod's disembodied spirit resembles Terence Stamp. In season eight's "Bloodline", Zod's wife Faora escapes the Phantom Zone and inhabits the body of Lois Lane (Erica Durance). She reveals that she and Zod genetically engineered a son-Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer), Smallville's version of Doomsday-after they discovered they could not have children. Zod and Faora sent Doomsday to Earth to destroy the planet and the infant Clark. Faora also remarks that Davis (Witwer) strongly resembles Zod. In the season-eight finale "Doomsday," Zod's symbol is burnt into the grass by the Orb in the possession of Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman); a man stands on the burning lawn (a brief, uncredited portrayal by Witwer).

Apparently spoken to by the spirit of the Pocket Universe Zod, Russian Zod created a suit of red armor which filtered the sunlight, and declared himself ruler of the fictional former Soviet state of Pokolistan. After several inconclusive encounters with Superman, he revealed his long-range plan to turn the sun red and take Superman's place. This was temporarily successful until Lex Luthor rescued Superman, gave him a blast of yellow solar radiation to regain his powers, and worked to restore the sun. Superman returned to battle Zod, but refused to kill him. When the sun turned yellow again the now-vulnerable Zod struck Superman with all his power at super-speed, but was killed due to Superman's invulnerability.[1]

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