Michael Shannon On His Two General Zod Costumes In Man Of Steel

Actor Michael Shannon discusses his General Zod costume or costumes for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Shannon, "General Zod will stop at nothing to get the job done."

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By Mark Julian - 10/30/2011

Source: EW


In a recent interview with EW Michael Shannon had the following to say in regards to his General Zod costumes:

Was that fun to step out of Van Alden’s {his Boardwalk Empire character} shoes and into General Zod’s for an out-and-out villainous role?
General Zod is, I think, a bit stronger than Van Alden. General Zod would not go to the speakeasy and have a shot. General Zod will stop at nothing to get the job done. General Zod doesn’t have a supervisor.

Were you a fan of the Superman comics, or Terence Stamp’s Zod in Superman II?
I don’t read the comic book, although when I got the job, they sent me a giant DC Comics book that weighs about a ton. It’s got the whole history of DC in it. It’s fascinating, actually. I looked at it with my daughter. She’s really fascinated by it.

I remember Terence Stamp doing it. He was phenomenal. I have to try and figure out a way to do something different.

So you’re not saying “Kneel before Zod” while wearing parachute pants?
[Laughs] Yeah, the flowy costumes don’t really…that’s not the style nowadays. Everything’s skintight.

Do you have a costume? A Krypton outfit?
There’s two different modes. There’s something that I have to wear a motion-capture suit for, because if I actually wore it, I wouldn’t be able to move. It’s a very big…thing. I actually don’t know what it’s going to look like, I just know that it’s very cumbersome. There’s another thing that I wear that’s an actual costume. It’s pretty simple. There’s no paisley or anything.


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Man of Steel is an upcoming American superhero film under the development of Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film will be a reboot of the Superman film series. Using Chicago as a backdrop, and with production to be based in west suburban Plano, the film entered principal photography in August 2011, for a planned theatrical release on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros., which also includes IMAX venues.




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JDUKE25 - 10/30/2011, 11:21 PM
Dang it....lol

But yeah, sounds like Zod's gonna have some armor.
JDUKE25 - 10/30/2011, 11:31 PM
JDUKE25 - 10/30/2011, 11:33 PM
tazmaniak - 10/31/2011, 12:00 AM
"It’s a very big…thing"

Sounds more like he'll be in a battlesuit or something, as opposed to wearing some type of armor.
whoa123 - 10/31/2011, 12:03 AM
[frick] YEAH!!!!!!
soaponapope - 10/31/2011, 12:37 AM
yeah sounds like some sort of huge armor CGI'd on to him
titansupes - 10/31/2011, 12:57 AM
Sounds cool, though I was kind of hoping the mysterious 'mo-cap man' was going to be a Doomsday style monster. Still good though, pumped as all hell for this movie.
crownblade - 10/31/2011, 1:46 AM
As long as they stay away from the 'GL' look. I hated that suit...
VictorHugo - 10/31/2011, 3:39 AM
"It’s fascinating, actually."

Of course it is, you british teabag.
You´re not supposed to read with your silly daughter either, you´re supposed to lock yourself in a hotel room, like Bob Orci, and prepare for the movie.
Ichaos - 10/31/2011, 3:52 AM
You will bow down before me, Jor-El! First you, and then one day, Jor-El, your ARSE!!!!
Ichaos - 10/31/2011, 3:54 AM
But still wish they didn't go with Zod if makes it feel like a remake/remagined/rehash of Superman 2. They should gone with Brainiac and left it at that
marvel72 - 10/31/2011, 4:28 AM
this sounds awesome.

@ jduke25

why does he need that armour? hasn't zod got superman's abilities.
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 4:38 AM
@marvel he does have the same ones, but I'm just going with what Shannon said. Maybe, since Superman has been on earth basically his whole life his body has been supercharged by the sun so he'd possibly be a little stronger than Zod. So maybe this is the armor Zod wore on Krypton during battle. So either, Zod fights Superman once with the armor and Superman beats him and damages his armor, Zod flees and figures out the sun is what makes them the way they are so he supercharges his body and comes back for the climatic battle where two or more supercharged Kryptonians battle Superman wearing just the simple suits. Or Zod first fights Superman without the armor, gets a beatdown and then wears the armor in the final battle. Idk, just some ideas going by what Shannon said about there being two different suits.
Neek2086 - 10/31/2011, 4:46 AM
I like how Shannon dodge the question about if he will say kneel before Zod.
marvel72 - 10/31/2011, 5:00 AM
@ jduke

good explanation,i quite like the armour look.

its something different.
TheManWithBigEars - 10/31/2011, 5:22 AM
This movie has got me hyped big time, definitely up there with The Avengers n The Dark Knight Rises, still a bit iffy about the whole S redesign though but I can live with it

Teabag
Wow! Seems a bit extreme for this site, but hell it is pleasing 2 the eyes :P
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 5:51 AM
Doesn't really matter if he reads it or not. Snyder and em dictates where the movie is going. Doubt we'll have something close to the source material...
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:05 AM
@marvel yeah I like it too. Better than those disco pants lol.
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:06 AM
@tea thanks, those are the best kinds of pumpkins to look at ;)
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:12 AM
@ncreb look at my explanation to marvel72. Idk if that's how it'll be but just something I thought of right off the top of my head.
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 6:18 AM
@JDUKE25 just doubt they'd have Snyderman... er Superman... beat up Zod first. Just doesn't fit with the underdog thing "let's get our hero beat to a pulp so he can comeback and win the audience's hearts" that Hollywood loves so much.
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:18 AM
@ncreb thanks. I know what you mean, I feel like I'm in a dream state right now. I need to go back to bed.
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:29 AM
@rbfn04 well I just think that when they first get to earth they wouldn't have mastered their abilities seeing as how they just got them. Superman has had years to learn and master his powers so I think he'd outmatch them and they'd somehow be able to flee. Find a secluded area, idk where but somewhere, and practice their abilities and fighting skills on one another and maybe even one of them gets killed in the process. They come back super charged and lay a whoopin on supes and then go to smallville, like they said, when zod learns who superman is. Eventually leading to Superman getting pissed off and going berserk on Zod and them. (Not meaning he destroys the town or anything, just that he starts beating the crap out of them, throwing them in the the ground, sending them into a hillside, and using his heat vision on them.) Leading to Superman finally defeating them.
Neek2086 - 10/31/2011, 6:32 AM
@rbfn04 Your Probably right.
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 6:47 AM
@JDUKE25 yeah, I always felt that was kinda weird that they always get to Earth and BAM! Superpowers. Still, just saying, not part of Hollywood's MO to have the hero win the first fight.

Can be more of a desperation move. Kinda like, "oh you kicking our asses? We'll see" and he hops into an armour and rampages trhu SMallville/Metropolis.

Not that I'm putting down your idea, just reminding you that it's not in the "how to make fights in moveis" booklet ;)
SuperSomething616 - 10/31/2011, 6:55 AM
1 word....sweet!!!
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:56 AM
@rbfn04 yeah, but the villain don't really win the first fight all of the time: Spiderman, GG causes chaos, Spiderman messes with his glider and he flees. Spiderman 2, doc ock gets his a$$ kick by Aunt May lol, but gets away. Iron Man 2, whiplash is defeated at the race.

If Zod defeated Superman in the first battle then he would start taking over. I think Superman would have to defeat him first and he gets away, comes back stronger than ever and fights superman so hard to where Superman is at the point of defeat. But yeah, I like the idea of him probably getting beaten then gets his armor, makes it harder for Superman and Supes is like "oh s#!t...I'm in trouble."
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 6:57 AM
but the villain doesn't*
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 7:00 AM
@JDUKE point taken, I did forget about those. :D

@MrEko aaaaw, so no Supes training in the snow for weeks, goes up a mountain and yells "ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD"????

would explain the beard, :P
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 7:06 AM
@rbfn04 LMAO that would be hilarious to see that.
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 7:10 AM
@JDUKE25 amazing dude!! ROFL. saved that, will use it on a later date.
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 7:20 AM
@MrEko although it's been overdone lately in the comics I'd LOVE to see the "pissed off Supes, in the shadows where you can only see his shield and eyes glowing red".

For all my gripes with this movie, Cavill looks the part and Snyder can do action.
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 7:24 AM
I had this idea of during the fight, Zod flies down grabs Superman and drives him in to the ground and creates this 5- 10 foot crater. Zod starts beating the crap out of Supes and gets in about 4-5 punches. Superman's head is turned to the opposite side, he catches Zod's fist, he turns his head towards him and his eyes are glowing red and.....BOOM!!!!

Heat vision. Zod goes flying 20 feet in the air. Then it cuts to a shot of superman climbing out of the crater, the dust settling and his eyes glowing like in this pic.
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 7:31 AM
I looked for an image of the "eyes glowing red in the shadows with prominent shield" but could only find Ed McGuinnesse's art. And I will not post his art...

But, yeah, JDUKE25, I can go for that to.

Really hope this movie makes me come here and I say, "hey, dudes, I was wrong, this shit is amazing".
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 7:36 AM
@MrEkoI know I would. :D

And about what you told JDUKE: that's why I always say you don't need to make Supes badass. He already is, he just chooses to show restrain..
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 7:36 AM
@rbfn04 lol I hope so too. And I hope I don't have to say I was wrong. Because I really want this movie to be, THE s#!t, not s#!t.

@MrEko definitely. Showing how much power he actually has and how he conceals it and how hard it is for him not to break things accidentally would be really good.
rbfn04 - 10/31/2011, 7:42 AM
@JDUKE25 @MrEko that's why I'd love the final fight ot be in space, just so he can unleash without worries. So little kids can wal out of the movie saying, "you know what? [frick] Batman. Superman is the man!"
JDUKE25 - 10/31/2011, 7:44 AM
@rbfn04 haha exactly. It's Superman's time to shine.
valeriesghost - 10/31/2011, 8:02 AM
Well said to MeEcko, JDUKE and rbfn04.

Im tired of everyone thinking Batman ownes DC, Supes is the shit and we need to see it. @JDUKE love the crater idea! I would cream myself

With Zach at the helm we may not get the best story, (we'll leave that up to Nolan/Goyer) but we'll see supes kick some ass.
TheDetectiveComicRises - 10/31/2011, 8:17 AM
This movie is going to be a huge event! I luv it!
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