Callum Blue Introduces The Zod We'll Learn To Love... Or Obey

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Smallville's ninth season brings on the bad guy that fans have been waiting for for years now: General Zod. Except, as actor Callum Blue told us at Comic-Con, the Zod we're about to meet isn't necessarily the Zod we expect.

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Blue was full of teases and analysis about his Major Zod - there's a time-travel element to the character's appearance in the show - but said that, for all his complexity, he's a very simple man:

I don't want him to have any question in his mind about what he wants to do. I don't want him to have any redeeming qualities or redeeming features. There's definitely a human side of him, he's insecure, there's a reason why he's a villain... The complexities of the character, the reasons why he wants what he wants and does what he does, that's what interests me. The human side of it. I think he's a very sad lonely character, but he doesn't ever let that show... There's a reason he's so shut down. Before I go on set, I'm in my trailer, working myself into a real emotional state, and then I go on set and try to cover that up, so there's always some fire going on within him, but there's a coolness as well... He knows what he wants. He wants everyone to kneel before him.

That famous line, in fact, is one of Blue's favorite things about the character:

I'm milking [Kneel before Zod] for all it's worth, I mean, I love that line. I've already said it in the show, it's in the first episode. [Zod's] not quite as cool as Terence Stamp yet, but he's growing into it... I remember the movie from being a kid, and remember being terrified of him. That steely coldness, he's not over the top at all in that movie, and that terrified me when I was a kid. I loved it.

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It's also not the only thing he hopes to steal from the Zod we saw in Superman II:

My costume at the moment is army fatigues, because I have a whole army, kind of like the Fascist Party, and I'm the leader of it? So we all have the same outfit, with armbands... It's a different take on the costume. I guess when I start growing into being General Zod - I'm actually Major Zod at the moment - that's when the [movie's more familiar] costume will come in. And I'm hoping it's really low, like the one [from Superman II]. I'm going to do a few more weights before that.

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Explaining just who Zod will be in season nine, and who will be there with him, requires some lateral thinking. Pay attention, all:

The Zod that took over Lex's body was the future me. This is where it gets confusing: Zod is in the Phantom Zone, Tess takes me from the past, where I haven't actually... Zod in the show has blown up Krypton, he's in the Phantom Zone for major crimes against Krypton, I think he's the one who destroyed the planet. I haven't done that yet in my body. But that will be happening... Faora... I think that's my future wife? She's in it, she's with me all the time. And the guy that doesn't speak - but he does speak in this version, Non. He's in it too. And they're great, they're my sidekicks and I boss them around a lot. But in the first couple of episodes, nobody knows what's going on, and I have to fight to get my power back. There's a huge speech, it's kind of a Hitler speech, and he gets everybody back on his side... Everybody turns against me because we've been promised these powers [on Earth] and we get there and we don't have these powers and we don't know why.

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Smallville season nine - complete with Hitler-esque Zod, whom is fond of kneeling, premieres September 25th on the CW.

DISCUSSION

TemporalSword
TemporalSword

Good gravy. We'll see Zod get his costume before Clark? They're just getting ridiculous about the "no flight, no tights" rule now, beyond all logical progression.