Editor’s Note: The author of this post is actually Keith Feltenstein. This is courtesy of the Podcast Unlimited blog. I am reposting his article here.
We have added a new segment to our little show that we like to call dimly enough! “Versus!” We take pop culture irons and pit them against one another! Whether it’s a full-out death match, race, strategic, piloting skills, battle of the wits or even skill set. We will take it to the max!
For our very first Versus piece, we will have 2 intergalactic bad guys go against one another!
General Zod (Superman)
General Dru-Zod is a general in the Kryptonian Army. However, Zod had ambitions to take over the planet Krypton and had little respect for the Kryptonian Council, and as such was banished to the Phantom Zone. For this reason he survived the planet’s destruction. Having served his term, he currently serves once more in New Krypton’s military, of which he is the head. Zod is a frequent enemy of Superman and of the people of Earth, as, prior to the rebuilding of New Krypton, Zod tried to take over the Earth. Zod’s two allies, known occasionally as the Disciples of Zod, serve him unquestioningly. Their names have changed many times over the years, but they are currently known as Ursa and Non.
There have also been other versions of Zod over the years; some of which from alternate worlds, or false versions of Krypton; Others have more mysterious origins. All of them, however, possess Zod’s cold, merciless determination.
Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek)
Khan Noonien Singh, commonly shortened to Khan, is a fictional villain in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. The character first appeared in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Space Seed” (1967), and was portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán who reprised his role in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, he is played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The character once controlled more than a quarter of the Earth during the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. After being revived from suspended animation in 2267 by the crew of the USS Enterprise, Khan attempts to capture the starship, but is thwarted by James T. Kirk and exiled on Ceti Alpha V to create a new society with his people. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, set fifteen years after “Space Seed”, Khan escapes his exile and sets out to exact revenge upon Kirk.
Harve Bennett, executive producer for Star Trek II, chose Khan as the villain for the film. To reflect the time spent marooned on an inhospitable world, Khan was given a costume that looked as though it had been scavenged from different items and showed off Montalbán’s physique. Montalbán’s portrayal has been positively received by critics and fans; Khan was voted one of the ten greatest film villains by the Online Film Critics Society.
In Star Trek: Into Darkness, set in the alternate continuity established in Star Trek (2009), Khan is awakened almost a decade before the events of “Space Seed.” Khan is given the false identity “John Harrison” and coerced by Admiral Marcus into building weapons for Starfleet in exchange for the lives of Khan’s crew. He ultimately rebels and comes into conflict with the crew of the Enterprise.
With all that said who would you like to see win this intergalactic battle of evil! Or do you think they would cross each other out!
Next Podcast Unlimited Poll: Better at playing Bruce Wayne, (not Batman): Michael Keaton or Christian Bale