Dru-Zod was a megalomaniacal Kryptonian, in charge of the military forces on Krypton. He had known Jor-El, Superman's father, when he was an aspiring scientist. When the space program was abolished after the destruction of the inhabited moon Wegthor, which had been caused by renegade scientist Jax-Ur, he attempted to take over Krypton. Zod created an army of robotic duplicates of himself, all bearing a resemblance to Bizarro. He was sentenced to exile in the Phantom Zone for his crimes. Zod was eventually released by Superboy when his term of imprisonment was up.
Superman The Movie
If you're gonna banish somebody from Krypton, please do us earthlings a favor and send 'em somewhere else.
Just when you thought it was safe to visit Mount Rushmore, the diabolical General Zod arrives, fresh from a brief stay in the Phantom Zone. He and his minions of displeasure, the sultry Ursa and the surly Non, did their best to bring the entire Earth to its knees... and pretty much succeeded until Superman showed up.
You see, Zod, hailing from Supes' home planet, had the same powers (times three, counting his team). So, while the Kryptonian also known as Clark Kent was having an identity crisis, The Black Outfit Squad was wiping the planet with whatever resistance the humans were putting up. Superman II Superman II is a pretty messy movie, stemming back to conflicts between director Richard Donner, the producers, and probably everyone else on that set. As a result, the climax is pretty weak, resulting in some weak ass endings for our baddie buddies here.
Zod, however, will rate well on the Mofo Meter regardless. A natural leader, he combines his super-human strength with an intellect to match. Quite a foe for Earth's greatest hero, and casting Terrance Stamp was a stroke of genius.