Michael Shannon On General Zod And Filming MAN OF STEEL

Actor Michael Shannon on his reaction to playback footage while shooting Man of Steel and his later reaction to viewing the finished visuals in a screening of the completed film. The actor also touches on fan expectations and how Zack Snyder countered that on set.

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By Mark Julian - 4/29/2013



General Zod in Man of Steel is a different character, visually, from past comic book iterations of the character. Trailers, posters and promo art confirm a more emotive look to the Kryptonian general but the anger is still there. Speaking to The Huffington Post, actor Michael Shannon confirmed that Man of Steel has been a long process, [Man of Steel's] a big buildup. I'll tell you, I saw it last Monday -- it's worth it. It's going to blow everybody's socks off. And I know [WB's] probably pissed off, like I'm jinxing it or something and I shouldn't say that. I'll knock on wood just out of deference to the gods, but the movie is solid. It's gonna get the job done."

Reflecting on his time on set and in a motion-capture suit, Shannon admitted he was a little concerned, not being able to see the finished visuals immediately during playbacks but director Zack Snyder simply asked Shannon to trust him. Said Shannon, "It's exhilarating. It's what Zack [Snyder] promised would happen, you know? Because I remember the first couple of days I was on set, I thought This is ridiculous. I look like an idiot. I don't look anything like General Zod. I'm a total failure. I went over to the screen for playback and it was ridiculous. All of us were wearing pajamas, basically. And there was this neon green set of stairs that was supposed to be our spaceship. So you see us all marching down these neon green stairs in our pajamas and I'm like, 'This looks like a Monty Python skit.' And he's like, "I know right now it looks pretty silly, but, two years from now, , it's going to look like the most badass thing you've ever seen in your life. And he's right."

The actor also touched on the expectations of comic book fans which he diplomatically admitted that he is not. Shannon franly stated, "I mean, it is their thing. It's not my thing. I'm not in that club. So, I have a respect for it. To people, it's like a religious experience and I don't discount that. I understand it. We're very sheltered from all that on set. I mean, yeah, if people want to know if it was a high pressure job -- it was very high pressure. And everybody felt a lot of anxiety about getting it right. But, Zack's strategy -- which is very intelligent -- is to keep everything very calm and fun and playful and not get tied up about it. Because if you get overly anxious about pleasing people, you can't make anything. You have to be relaxed and have a good time."


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Running Time: In post-production
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer screenplay)

Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013.


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TheJokerMask - 4/29/2013, 7:34 AM
knocturnalzen10 - 4/29/2013, 7:42 AM
interesting ...................
UltimateWarrior - 4/29/2013, 7:45 AM
He looks really good as Zod, and was the perfect choice. They really seem to have knocked it out of thr park with the cast and crew, and the costumes look awesome. June can't get here fast enough.
ElShumway - 4/29/2013, 7:45 AM
MrReese - 4/29/2013, 7:52 AM
Zod looks like a bad ass! Shannons gonna knock it outta the park!

KeefNCookies - 4/29/2013, 7:52 AM
Dude's a beast.

Such a great pick for Zod.
MrReese - 4/29/2013, 7:52 AM
Villain of the yr watch
JatevinM - 4/29/2013, 7:53 AM
I honestly think that the next Batman movie the suit should be made out of the same type of material that they used for Cavil's Superman suit and some of the muscle definition should be added in the same way. I think it would allow for more fluid mobility and it would allow for cooler fight scenes because Batman could actually move.
Tainted87 - 4/29/2013, 7:57 AM
Shannon's an awesome guy. Looking forward to seeing his Zod.
JoeMomma29 - 4/29/2013, 7:59 AM
Arghhhh the wait!!!!
Nivekian - 4/29/2013, 7:59 AM
No kidding, but WB has this screwed up mentality that "The Dark Knight" needs to be covered in rubber armor.
MrDonut - 4/29/2013, 8:04 AM
That pic of Zod alone with his mouth open never fails to make me laugh, taken out of context it looks like he's gonna give angry head lol... But yeah, I'm pumped for this film, everyone looks set to own and tonally this looks like its setting up a nicely balanced fantastical/realistic DC universe
Gmoney84 - 4/29/2013, 8:04 AM
Have you seen the video of him reading the sorority girls email on Funny or Die? It's pretty hilarious.
SimyJo - 4/29/2013, 8:05 AM
I haven't seen boardwalk empire but seen clips of his character in some scenes and he looks super-intense!, I'm sure he'll make an iconic Zod.
JoeMomma29 - 4/29/2013, 8:07 AM
@ Nivekian WB has screwed up a lot more then that. It was the same with Marvel at first as well. Hopefully WB got their $hit together after watching Marvel dominate for the last several years and will start making some great DC films beside the Nolan trilogy.

JoeMomma29 - 4/29/2013, 8:13 AM
@SuperCat I would have disagreed with you on that statement as best villain of the summer because of Ironman 3. But after the stupid plot twist I am agreeing with you 100% on that statement
Shamo - 4/29/2013, 8:15 AM
he was amazing in taking shelter so i expect great things from him. also, DC's been excellent at casting villains thus far. well, Ra's Al Ghul aside.
R888 - 4/29/2013, 8:19 AM
Kneel before Zod

JoeMomma29 - 4/29/2013, 8:20 AM
By the way they hit a home run on all the costumes in this movie!

JoeMomma29 - 4/29/2013, 8:21 AM
YUP Nomis I will be there first in line with my wife and kids as well. A fine year for us CBMs!
Tony93 - 4/29/2013, 8:22 AM
Zod > Harrison > Maliketh > Miami Actor
Supes17 - 4/29/2013, 8:23 AM
@fettastic:
Normally I'd be pissed if a director shot a fighting scene the way Nolan filmed Batman's first appearance in the docks in Batman Begins, but i think that it added to the terror and confusion. It almost made me feel like I was there with the other thigs trying to make sense of what's going on and only being able to see quick flashes of black armor/cape and shadows.
DoubleD - 4/29/2013, 8:23 AM
I have to agree this is a GREAT looking Zod
Supes17 - 4/29/2013, 8:25 AM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mq85kxJfcLA
CavEl - 4/29/2013, 8:25 AM
This guy cracks me up everytime.
Supes17 - 4/29/2013, 8:25 AM
Zod's here to [frick] shit up!
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VI2gbRCGAvw
IgnurRant - 4/29/2013, 8:26 AM
No Batman needs armor in the real world. MoS works on real world rules with a huge first contact curveball. Even Batman in the comics wears armor. It's bullet proof, shock proof and blade resistant.

@Fettastic

The whole point of Batman fighting during the day was because he finally became a hero. From vigilante, to dark knight to Caped Crusader. It's been in the comics for years, albeit much slower over the years.
Tony93 - 4/29/2013, 8:26 AM
By the way the armor could really into an Aquaman movie, imagine the scales instead of the chain link and plus the kryptonian armor like Jorels could pass as atlantian
CavEl - 4/29/2013, 8:26 AM
Easily my favorite actor in Hollywood today.
IgnurRant - 4/29/2013, 8:27 AM
Tony93

Hahaha im in tears.
Tony93 - 4/29/2013, 8:27 AM
*fit
R888 - 4/29/2013, 8:33 AM
My 2nd villain of the year

JoeMomma29 - 4/29/2013, 8:36 AM
I agree with SuperCat the casting for Ra Al Ghul was awesome and did have a great twist.
beane2099 - 4/29/2013, 8:37 AM
I haven't seen IM3, but knowing the twist, it feels like a waste of a great actor and what could have been an awesome villain. But I'll reserve judgment till I actually see the movie. All the reviews are saying it's pretty damn good. But Shannon's Zod is lookin' pretty legit. Can't wait to see this.
beane2099 - 4/29/2013, 8:37 AM
Yeah, I was a fan of Liam Neeson being Ra's Al Ghul. That was a great twist and artfully done.
Shamo - 4/29/2013, 8:39 AM
@Supercat, not at all. deliberaty removing diversity from the source material is never a good idea. it serves no positive purpose.
UltimateWarrior - 4/29/2013, 8:42 AM
The Ra's Al Ghul twist was great, and made sense.
Shamo - 4/29/2013, 8:46 AM
the twist was fine however the casting of Ducard/Real Ra's was not.
iPaul - 4/29/2013, 8:48 AM
I want to go to sleep and wake up on 14th June.
Brainiac13 - 4/29/2013, 8:50 AM
The Mandarin could have been third best villain of the year but when the twist he is the worst all time villian on screen (in comics is badass)
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