Michael Shannon On Preparing For General Zod In MAN OF STEEL

Courtesy of Warner Bros., CBM has a studio interview with actor Michael Shannon who portrays General Zod in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Visit our Superman section for all the latest news on the massive remake.

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By Mark Julian - 6/4/2013


"To follow Terence Stamp's iconic performance in the original, it is a [daunting] but I just focused on one day at a time. It's interesting that when we started with this, we did a lot of training together and I think that kind of helped loosen things up a little bit. It is a very physical movie at the end of the day. That's a good way to find your way 'into it' [as an actor].

I don't know if Zod is misunderstood or just 'not understood.' It's all a matter of perspective, like if you're an Earthling you're not going to like General Zod very much because he's basically willing to wipe you out in order to save his people. But if you're a Kryptonian you're probably like, 'Wow, that General Zod, he sure is doing the best he can.' It's all a matter of perspective.

One of my favorite sequences to shoot was when I'm explaining to [Henry Cavill's Superman] what's happened [to Krypton] and telling him how much I want him to be apart of our mission, it was surprising how emotional it was. It's not what you expect I think from a movie like this."



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Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min
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."
Source: Warner Bros.
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Asterisk - 6/4/2013, 2:51 PM
He's quite slow speaking.
Nivekian - 6/4/2013, 2:54 PM
The guy is like a Young Walken!
koolaidbag - 6/4/2013, 2:59 PM
I think he is slow speaking, because he tries to speak very professionally
Jollem - 6/4/2013, 2:59 PM
Jollem - 6/4/2013, 3:01 PM
it may be misleading, but in real life people don't really act perfectly how characters do in the movies and on t.v.
PapaII - 6/4/2013, 3:53 PM
Shannon in blase mode! He's an extraordinary actor, born to play villains!
ManOfSteelUK - 6/4/2013, 4:05 PM
Funny story. Article is about Zod and the picture for the article is a picture of Nam-Ek. LOL
ManOfSteelUK - 6/4/2013, 4:06 PM
Going to be interesting seeing Superman snack the General's neck on screen. Tough Choices though I'd do same.
UrbanKnight - 6/4/2013, 6:08 PM
Boss Zod
AUSSYACE - 6/4/2013, 6:30 PM
ZOD is going to be EPIC...

Forget the old movies...
astromerc - 6/4/2013, 6:34 PM
This is the funnest interview I've ever heard.
AlternateNo4 - 6/4/2013, 6:35 PM
UK if that's a guess, ok, but if that's a spoiler, you're the king of douchebags. Can you explain what makes that kind of thing fun to you?
TheBoss117 - 6/4/2013, 8:06 PM
Get'em Zod!!!!
zachshivey - 6/4/2013, 8:14 PM
He is another one, like Henry, who is just a genuinely nice guy all the time
hartley07 - 6/4/2013, 8:19 PM
got my zod shirt today in the mail. so pumped! its one with the textured shield on it too, you cant get it in a store anywhere yet!
thewolfx - 6/4/2013, 9:35 PM
Kneel bitches
BreadPitt - 6/4/2013, 9:40 PM
SuperCat I feel ya. Cant even sleep, im that excited.
BreadPitt - 6/4/2013, 9:40 PM
The German Zod is scarier
lucio7lopez - 6/4/2013, 10:40 PM
Shannon is a great actor, his interpretation of Zod will be impressive. I think that will give depth and motivation to bring the conflict to a new level.

Man of Steel Movie of the year!
SnapperCarr - 6/5/2013, 12:55 AM
Shannon has to do a comedy!
ManOfSteelUK - 6/5/2013, 5:12 AM
Zod is a pure and utter ruthless bastard in this! The battle of Metropolis is like a 45 minute job of brutal fighting between Kal-El vs Zod, Faora vs the army and Black Zero gravity beam terraforming Earth. Lois and Emil are in their as well ;)
Digitaria51 - 6/5/2013, 10:11 AM
@SnapperCarr watch Let's Go To Prison.
JULEZ13 - 6/5/2013, 2:06 PM
OMG! I can't wait to see this movie!!! Before I watch it I must go to Hot Topic and get an official MOS t-shirt! I hope they have Women tees so I won't have to wear a baggy shirt.

And I'm gonna make my boyfriend get one too! We must wear it to see the movie!!!

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