Originally Posted by Batman4ever
I was very happy with the pick of Shannon for Zod. Christopher Nolan & his crew has a nack for bringing an actor who people may disregard and making them strong characters in his films.
People weren't really disregarding Shannon as an actor though. He was the fan favourite to play a villain role for months before he was cast. In fact I wanted him to play Lex Luthor. He was getting a lot of attention for his role in Boardwalk Empire at the time.
This isn't a Heath Ledger situation, who was on absolutely no-one's radar.