Michael Shannon Praises Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder & A ‘Mind-Blowing’ MAN OF STEEL Preview

Check out a brief chat with the actor behind General Zod in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel film, Michael Shannon, who had nothing but praise for co-star Henry Cavill and a preview of the reboot.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 9/6/2012


MTV News recently got a few words from Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon at the premiere of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, in regards to his role in Zack Snyder's highly-anticipated Superman reboot. Praising his Man of Steel co-star Henry Cavill's performance, the ‘General Zod’ actor says he's seen a rough preview of the film.



“I've seen a little bit because I did some ADR for the film. It's a very long process. Zack [Synder] puts a lot of time in post-production, like all his films because he's such a visual stylist, and there's a lot of computer-generated effects. But the little snippet I saw was pretty mind-blowing...and it wasn't even finished.”

“I always felt like I was in a scene with Superman. I never looked at [Henry Cavill] and thought that's just somebody trying to be Superman — he felt like the real deal. I really admire Henry's work ethic. I really haven't seen anybody in this business work quite that hard. Obviously it's a tremendous responsibility, and an intimidating one, to wear that suit. But he had the confidence and the work ethic to accomplish it.”



In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.

Also starring Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Antje Traue (Faora) with Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Christopher Meloni (Colonel Hardy), Man of Steel hits June 14, 2013.

Source: MTV News
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DarkGrifter - 9/6/2012, 2:17 PM
Video unavailable in my location, any chance of this being uploaded onto youtube?
DarkGrifter - 9/6/2012, 2:21 PM
Sounds promising anyways :D
MrReese - 9/6/2012, 2:25 PM
Can't wait!!!
Dynamo - 9/6/2012, 2:26 PM
Michael Shannon hasn't ever been one for hyperbole, he's called movies he's in merely okay or "It's alright". This give me a lot of confidence.
Knightrider - 9/6/2012, 2:34 PM
WOW....A MTV video that played, that has to be the first time for that ever in my life, what a feeling.

Anyways - Exciting stuff, and you know what, the media actually seem more interested in this Superman movie than they were for Superman Returns. It is like MoS is getting looked at as possibly something to get excited about, which is probably due to the casting, names like Snyder and Nolan, and the overall look and feel we have seen.

So fingers crossed we get a great Superman movie.
JDUKE25 - 9/6/2012, 2:45 PM
Can't wait to see more footage and dialogue from Henry, and Michael.
AnotherSinisterClone - 9/6/2012, 2:45 PM
love him in boardwalk empire. also, funny in lets go to prison.
Nubase - 9/6/2012, 2:46 PM
This will be the superman movie the world has been waiting for.

The story by nolan and goyer.

A top heavy cast with cavill as superman - the fans number one choice.

A visual director in zack.

No doubt the real trailer will be attached to the hobbit in december.
foxwolf2099 - 9/6/2012, 2:51 PM
i'll always remember him as the guy will smith stuffed in the trunk of a car in Bad Boys 2.
Maxi91291 - 9/6/2012, 2:51 PM
no superman-underpants ... im loving this
Turtlestrong - 9/6/2012, 2:52 PM
From what I saw of the comic con trailer....

Yeah, this movie will rock!
Dev7 - 9/6/2012, 2:53 PM
Still don't trust Zack Synder. This has huge potential to be the next Green Lantern of 2013. Oh and what a surprise someone attached to the film is actually saying it is going to be mind blowing. It must be true!!! :O :O :O
StrangerX - 9/6/2012, 2:56 PM
Cant [frick]ing wait!!!
TankD - 9/6/2012, 2:58 PM
@Nosferatu TDKR sucked dude.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/6/2012, 2:58 PM
God I can't wait!
Nubase
Don't forget Hams Zimmer is composing it.
TankD - 9/6/2012, 2:59 PM
@ froggy thats a badass picture wish they used those designs for the new young justice season!!
TheAbomination - 9/6/2012, 2:59 PM
Kudos to WB for being so secretive with the preview footage by now. Something should have leaked by now. Oh well. Trailer before the Hobbit please.
pintoman - 9/6/2012, 3:02 PM
"to wear that suit"????


Uh, it's really not Superman's suit, is it? It's a rubberized body suit with Superman's logo.

JULEZ13 - 9/6/2012, 3:03 PM
Coming from such a talent like Michael Shannon, this is GREAT news! But I'm not surprised... This is what I expected.

Michael Shannon was always very real in interviews so this is really exciting.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/6/2012, 3:07 PM
LMAO at people wanting superman to wear something that looked like Reeves suit.
ComicBookSon - 9/6/2012, 3:09 PM
TankD
TDKR was amazing. Stop trying to start arguments.
dbperez54 - 9/6/2012, 3:10 PM
Am I the only one that came to this page expecting to see a Mind Blowing preview of Man of Steel
jimpinto24 - 9/6/2012, 3:10 PM
I'm a Marvel guy, but I'm pumped for Man of Steel! I like Henry Cavill as Superman. A lot people flipped out when Zack Snyder casted Henry as Superman. I hope Man of Steel does well at the box office. I would like to see a trilogy. Main villians for the next two films. Here's my picks:

Man of Steel 2-Lex Luthor

Man of Steel 3-Doomsday or The Elite
murf - 9/6/2012, 3:16 PM
this will be great, I have faith in Snyder for this one, hes one of the only directors that could get the right tone for this, supermans the biggest superhero of them all the scale of this film needs to be massive, a proper super hero epic

@ comicbookson TDKR had its moments but it was a shambles of a film, once the hypes died down and people stop looking at it with rose tinted spectacles it ll be regarded as nolans iron man 2,
Maxi91291 - 9/6/2012, 3:16 PM
Superman is a bit corny but this film has general maximus and robin hood and no underpants .. Its gonna rock .. still not sure about Kent starring in Whale wars
JDUKE25 - 9/6/2012, 3:17 PM
I honestly don't think Lex should be a main villain ever again. He should be either a side villain or teaming up with another baddie. Not just him alone though. Definitely wanna see him in his suit though.
HelaGood - 9/6/2012, 3:23 PM
i hope its mind-blowing! the world needs an AWESOME superman movie sooooo badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ComicBookSon - 9/6/2012, 3:25 PM
murf
I think the more people watch it, the more they will like it. When I saw Iron Man 2, I didn't like it but the more I watch it, the more I like it.
KeithM - 9/6/2012, 3:25 PM
@ComicBookSon: If anything the people who keep stating TDKR is 'amazing' like it's a fact should stop, because they're the ones causing the arguments. Like it if you like it, but don't try to tell the rest of us that it's amazing when it's not. Or you'll start an argument... :)

Anyway, very much looking forward to MoS - hopefully it'll put DC cbms back on track after the disappointment of TDKR and GL.
lntrn8 - 9/6/2012, 3:26 PM
future films:
better than supes - World's Finest
Better than World's Finest - JLA
Better than JLA - Crisis on Infinite Earths
Better than Crisis on Infinite Earths that will make $1Billion in 5 days . . .
murf - 9/6/2012, 3:30 PM
@ comicbookson , yeah well as disapointed as i was with tdkr i ll be getting it when it comes out on dvd so i ll find out, every scene with bane in was pure gold, just a shame it kind of lost it in the rest of the movie
Super12 - 9/6/2012, 3:32 PM
@Intrn8 - YES
Maximus101 - 9/6/2012, 3:34 PM
This movie is going to pwn next year! Can't wait I could pretty much garuantee this movie will be amazing.
Ranger14 - 9/6/2012, 3:35 PM
I just hope we get to see enough of Superman being Superman and not too much of all the origin and struggles with who he is. Some of it to build the character...okay, but don't drag it out too much.
Bandido - 9/6/2012, 3:38 PM
When do u guys think we will get the second trailer for this? (third if u count the leaked comic one)

My guess would be that it will be attached with the Hobbit? Sorta makes sense if they follow the trailer releasing sequence as TDKR
MisterMagurlypse - 9/6/2012, 3:39 PM
I agree that maybe Lex should sit this trilogy out. I want Supes kicking some ass in these movies. Brainiac needs to be the physiological threat while having Zod and Doomsday be the physical threats. Leading to a Darkseid showdown in a JL movie. I'm a Marvel thru and thru, but I'm looking forward to this more than any Marvel movies next year. This is going to be awesome!!!!
Bandido - 9/6/2012, 3:45 PM
@murf: HIGHLY doubt that will happen with the TDKR lol

JDUKE25 - 9/6/2012, 3:53 PM
@cipher oh I agree. I haven't liked ANY of the movie versions of Lex. I just think he'd be better teamed up or as a side villain. Or pulling the strings behid the scenes and come out with his battle suit at the end.

@Froggy for sure. There's much inspiration in that video.
hiddenflaw - 9/6/2012, 4:10 PM
superman just doesn't look right without his red undies
8thDynasty - 9/6/2012, 4:11 PM
Somebody get this guy another Lortab.
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