According to Variety, Warner Bros. has found a villainess for the upcoming Superman movie in the form of German actress, Antje Traue.  Traue will play Faora in The Man of Steel.

There are several different versions of Faora, one which inspired Ursa in the first two Superman films.


The first Faora, Faora Hu-Ul, was introduced in Action Comics #471.[4] She was a beautiful Kryptonian woman whose unexplained hatred for men led her to torture and kill 23 men at a secret concentration camp in her home. For this, she was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone to complete a sentence of 300 Kryptonian years, the second longest term after Jax-Ur.[5][6] Ironically this allowed her to survive her homeworld’s destruction, along with the other Phantom Zone prisoners, albeit in an invisible ghostlike form. While imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, she was often depicted plotting against Superman with General Zod and Jax-Ur. Her hatred of men was not limited to Kryptonians, as demonstrated by her pointless murder of a young Frenchman who was attracted by her beauty.[7]

Faora was an expert at the Kryptonian martial art of Horo-Kanu, which utilized the pressure points on the Kryptonian body. This made her an extremely dangerous foe for Superman to face in hand-to-hand combat—he was forced to flee from their first encounter.[5] During one of her first appearances,[8] Faora could manifest some sort of “mental lightning” to physically attack other Kryptonians, but did not exhibit this additional power during later appearances.

The Man of Steel begins shooting in Chicago this summer, with a planned December 2012 release.

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  1. I think this is playing perfectly into what Zach Snyder can do. This means that we’re going to have two kryptonians, one who’s a martial artist duking it out all tripped out on yellow sun. This is a recipe for a lot of speed up, slow down, speed up fighting. This doesn’t bother me in the least. What I’ve been worried about the most about this movie is that the studio isn’t going to let Snyder just do his thing. That they’re going to put the film in the cookie cutter and sprinkle it with Snyder flakes. This casting move says to me that that may not be the case.

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