It looks like Superman will have another bad
guy girl to worry about in the Zack Snyder reboot, Man of Steel. Deadline reports that Antje Traue (pronounced “Ahnt-shay Trow-way”) is in the lead to win one of the villain spots beside General Zod who is played by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire). Traue has not done much work in the States but she was one of the highlights in the sci-fi horror thriller Pandorum.
If the German beauty does nab the part, the speculation can soon begins as to who Traue will play. Based on all of the common ground this film appears to be treading with the early Christopher Reeve films odds are the part will be Ursa who was portrayed by Sarah Douglas in Superman and Superman II. Been there… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… done that.
However if writer David S. Goyer and Snyder are looking for a Kryptonian-based villain from the comics, then the part she will likely be up for is Faora Hu-Ul, a martial artist who is wise to the unique Kryptonian pressure points. She is sentenced to the Phantom Zone for 300 Krypton years for her torture-filled murderous run on 23 men at a concentration camp on Krypton and gave Superman a run for his money. Faora’s first appearance in the comics was Action Comics #471; she has another alias, Zaora who is Zod’s lover. She was portrayed by Erica Durance and Sharon Taylor in Smallville. One other name from the Phantom Zone that Traue could be playing is Aethyr, who was more an eternal being but was portrayed in the form of a woman in Smallville who had ties to Zod as well. She was played by by Alana de la Garza.
Let’s hope it is Faora, if for no other reason than to have something fresh. Everything that has publicized about Man of Steel sounds like a modern re-telling of the Richard Donner films. With decades full of Superman comics in the bank, it’s frustrating to fans to think that we are going to get another General Zod story, god forbid we would have to get Ursa too, a character made for the Donner films who didn’t even enter DC Comics continuity until 2007. We can only reinvent the wheel so many times folks. But I do keep hope alive that Goyer, Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan will come up with a story that can put people’s fears to rest.