German actress Antje Traue has been cast as villainess Faora in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot “Man of Steel” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety.
Traue was the female lead in the sci-fi horror thriller “Pandorum” and tested for the lead female role in “The Rite” which ultimately went to Alice Braga.
In the comics Faora was a Kryptonian serial killer who targeted only men and was sentenced to the Phantom Zone for three centuries where she survived the destruction of Krypton. She also knew a special martial art that made her an extremely dangerous foe for Superman to face in hand-to-hand combat.
The character is better known for her more recent incarnations in the comics and in other media. General Zod’s right-hand woman Ursa (Sarah Douglas) in “Superman II” was directly inspired by Faora. In “Smallville” she was portrayed as the wife of Zod.
Traue joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent.