Another Villain Confirmed for MAN OF STEEL?

Another Villain Confirmed for MAN OF STEEL?

Preliminary LEGO set names have leaked for the 2013 lineup that includes the Man of Steel sets. One of which involves an obscure Superman villain. Hit the jump to check it out.

Every year around this time, preliminary names are leaked for upcoming waves of LEGO sets. These names generally reveal all kinds of spoilerific goodies for upcoming licensed movies. Last year it was The Avengers, this year it is Man of Steel.

The following is a list of the preliminary set names (via brickset) with the important Man of Steel sets in bold.
- 76000 Arctic Batman vs. Mr.Freeze – Aquaman on Ice
- 76001 Batman vs. Bane – Chase with Tumbler
- 76002 Superman Metropolis Showdown
- 76003 Superman Battle of Smallville

- 76004 Spider-Man – Hunting with Spider-Cycle
- 76005 Spider-Man – Mission at Daily Bugle
- 76006 Iron Man Extremis
- 76007 Iron Man Malibu Mansion
- 76008 Iron Man vs Mandarin

- 76009 Superman Black Zero Escape

As underlined above, one set features the name Black Zero. He is a more obscure Kryptonian, Superman villain. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about Black Zero's backstory.

The original Black Zero appeared pre-Crisis in Superman (vol. 1) #205 (1968), in a story entitled "The Man Who Destroyed Krypton" written by Otto Binder with artwork by Al Plastino.

This Black Zero revealed to Superman that he was a space saboteur who destroyed planets. He had been hired to destroy Krypton, and discovered that the internal stresses which would have destroyed it in any case were dying down, necessitating his involvement to ensure it exploded.

In the present day, Black Zero came to Earth, threatening to destroy it as he did Krypton. In desperation, Superman released Jax-Ur, a prisoner of the Phantom Zone, who wished to avenge Krypton's destruction.
As he launched a devastatingly powerful missile toward Earth, Black Zero attacked Jax-Ur with a red Kryptonite bullet, causing his body to mutate wildly into several serpent-like forms. This proved to be Black Zero's undoing; While Superman saved the Earth from the missile, Jax-Ur transformed into a Medusa-like form, turning Black Zero to stone with his gaze. Black Zero's body was then shattered by Jax-Ur, in recompense for what he had done to Krypton.

This story suggests that were it not for something none of them knew, Jor-El would have been wrong and the Science Council right. E. Nelson Bridwell hypothesized that what Black Zero had noticed was the Green Lantern Tomar Re's attempts to prevent the destruction (as seen in Superman (vol. 1) #257 (1972)), meaning the two sets of interference canceled each other out, and Jor-El was right.

So could this mean we will see this destroyer of Krypton in Man of Steel? It sure seems like it. Also confirmed by the set lists, there will be major battles in both Smallville and Metropilis. Sound off in the comments about what you think of these reveals.
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Darkknight2149 - 9/20/2012, 3:56 PM
If this is confirmed, I won't be surprised. The story is confirmed to be partially inspired by the War On Krypton storyline from the comics. Of course if this villain gets debunked, he could still be in the movie. For The Dark Knight Rises, they flat out denied Talia would be in it. She was. And for The Avengers, they flat out denied that The Skrulls would be in it. They where (only they had to be called the Chitauri, which is what their called in Ultimate Marvel. If I had to guess, they probably used the Ultimate name because, if I am not mistaken, Fox owns the rights to their 616 name, Skrulls, because they own Fantastic Four. If I'm wrong, I'd appreciate it if someone would correct me).
manymade1 - 9/20/2012, 3:57 PM
Wait, wasn't the Black Zero in an article awhile ago confirming it was the updated name for the Phantom Zone?
PartyHard - 9/20/2012, 4:01 PM

Both Fiege and Whedon have said many times that they didn't use the Skrulls because they wouldn't have fit into the story, not because of any rights issues. They didn't need a race of shapeshifting infiltrators. They just needs some goons to kick the shit out of. So they used a essentially new race with the Chitauri name slapped on.
AmazingFantasy - 9/20/2012, 4:03 PM
FrankieDedo - 9/20/2012, 4:10 PM
Well a lot of LEGO sets from marvel doesn't reflect the about tehe iron man 3 malibu mansion set?? whoa i hope that LEGO tony stark's chicks are in there
SuperDude001 - 9/20/2012, 4:23 PM
Yeah I thought it was heavily rumoured that Black Zero was just the MOS version of the Phantom Zone?
Moakynubs - 9/20/2012, 4:28 PM
I really hope that the Malibu Mansion set rules.
superotherside - 9/20/2012, 4:30 PM
Cool. Could be. Also there is a Iron Man vs Mandarin set in there! That means he'll be going up against him instead of just pulling the strings. Hope he gets away at the end of the film though. Hate it when they kill of the villains.
superotherside - 9/20/2012, 4:33 PM
CBMM1 You really stepped up the work on the article. Good job. Keep up the good work! BTW are you on twitter?
SuperDude001 - 9/20/2012, 4:44 PM
CBMM1 @ I know it would be odd and wouldn't make sense to change the name, that's what I said when I heard the rumour, but I'm sure I heard it somewhere (although it could just be a misunderstanding and itself was actually the villain this article refers to).
Although I tried to find any article of the rumour and can't find one unfortunately.
KalEl26 - 9/20/2012, 4:45 PM
@Manymade1 yeah it's just another name for the Phantom Zone. It was reported on here a few days back I believe, correct me if i'm mistaken.
superotherside - 9/20/2012, 4:53 PM
CBMM1 Well stay tuned to CBM, I should have an article coming up about some of that stuff. Also about twitter, you should get on. I'll help you with stuff like making your articles look better etc. if you want. :)
Dynamo - 9/20/2012, 5:11 PM
Perhaps the Black Zero is the terrorist organization version from the comics, and the escape is from the Phantom Zone transport ship.
Bane2099 - 9/20/2012, 5:53 PM
i just thought that maybe Black Zero is the guy they vaguely show during the Comic-con footage thats kind of turning to the screen in some sort of suit and could be the one Supes is flying down towards about to hit eachother...

Anyone else remember these blurry scenes from the footage recording?
Superfive - 9/20/2012, 6:16 PM
@bane2099 That was zod.
AlibiBreakfast - 9/20/2012, 6:23 PM
Isn't the bigger story here the Extremis Iron Man set, considering there's been no official confirmation that IM3 will go that route?
TheBumblingIdiot - 9/20/2012, 6:37 PM
Side Note Jax-Ur Was Played Buy Actor Marc McClure in season 7 of Smallville also played Jimmy Olsen in the Superman Movies
Dynamo - 9/20/2012, 8:20 PM
I read up on Black Zero on Wikipedia and found this: "In their final act, Black Zero detonated a device that would later become known as the Destroyer. In essence, this device functioned as a giant nuclear gun, that fired a concentrated, sustained burst of nuclear energy directly into Krypton's core. Though subsequently destroyed by an ancestor of Jor-El himself, the Destroyer's effect would later be fully realized; It would cause a chain reaction deep within Krypton that would later obliterate the planet."

Sounds like a similar shot they had in the SDCC footage with a giant laser shooting down into a city...
Superfive - 9/20/2012, 8:40 PM
@Dynamo So this not the prison ship,This the terrorist organization black zero,Not just one single villain.Hints the war on krypton.The giant laser shooting down into the city was caused by the the terrorist organization black zero.
Superfive - 9/20/2012, 8:48 PM
This the terrorist organization black zero.That's what this article should say.It's not a single villain, it's a terrorist organization.
Superfive - 9/20/2012, 9:54 PM
the name "Black Zero" was used by an elite Kryptonian military force, under the command of Ursa aka faora.So this might be the name of zod military force that later become terrorist.
JULEZ13 - 9/20/2012, 10:18 PM
I would not be surprised one bit if Black Zero was in this film.

Snyder has continually said that Zod was NOT the villain, even when he was confirmed by Shannon himself! Why would Snyder continue to say Zod WASN'T the main villain if it weren't true? I'm sure he wouldn't want to look stupid in front of the world.

I believe there is another main villain. If you recall in the set pics there is a third figure along with Faora and Zod, it could be Black Zero or whoever the REAL villain is.

Black Zero's story fits in perfectly with what MOS seems to be going for. So I'm really not surprised... I just can't wait to see who the secret villain will be!
Jollem - 9/20/2012, 10:47 PM
i'm liking where grif's head's at
Jollem - 9/20/2012, 11:02 PM
man meat sells :)
REDSTORM - 9/20/2012, 11:22 PM
My bet? A typo of "Black Zone".
Superfive - 9/21/2012, 12:22 AM
@Julez13 Zod is the main villain in this movie.Why would wb hide a main villain?That would be bad marketing.I think it's other bad guys in the movie but they small parts and they minions under zod.Black zero is a terrorist organization that destroyed krypton.Black zero could be the name of zod military force that will turn to terrorist and destroy krypton.Think about it.What's the point in even having zod and faora as the villains when you have a guy name black zero that destroy krypton.He would be the main villain and it would be dumb and a mistake for wb to keep that secret.Zod is the main villain.
CoulsonLives - 9/21/2012, 3:39 AM
Yet they haven't made references of Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen and a shared universe? >:(
Ancar - 9/21/2012, 7:18 AM
There's no way this fracking piece of shitte of story be the plot of Man of Steel!

Even seven years old kids would hate that crap!!!
valeriesghost - 9/21/2012, 10:08 AM
@julez Shannon could be going with, or at least not debunking the Zod rumor just to throw us off. everybody denied Tali was in TDKR, with Nolan around you never quite know for sure what is true and what is rumor.
Superfive - 9/21/2012, 10:39 AM
@vanleriesghost Zod is not a rumor.It's a fact that shannon is zod,Wb and zack snyder made an announcement on shannon as playing zod.
AUSSYACE - 9/21/2012, 7:37 PM
2013 Will be the Year of SUPERMAN !!!

Most anticapated movie for me in 2013 !!!
nihcamja - 9/21/2012, 9:05 PM
LEVITIKUZ-now when I think of it Zoidberg does cry alot, I should change my name.
abw2 - 10/10/2012, 2:50 PM

...I still say (and no, I will not be letting-this-go anytime soon) that Lex Luthor should be somewhere in the shadows, at the very least... Also, I, still, don't see a Jimmy Olsen on the cast list, what's up with that? I checked Comic Vine. I don't know how accurate their information is, but I did see that they had at least casted a Lana Lang... So that's good... *hopeful*; *cool*/P :)

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