Michael Shannon Admits MAN OF STEEL "Never Felt Like A Comic Book Movie"

Michael Shannon Admits MAN OF STEEL "Never Felt Like A Comic Book Movie"

Michael Shannon sits down with MTV to talk about the seriousness of Man Of Steel, and how it is to play a baddie. Click for more after the jump.

Sitting down with MTV, Michael Shannon talks about how Man Of Steel is more serious than any other comic book movie and how it was like to film this iconic role.

"It never really felt like a comic-book movie to me. Because of the approach, it was so serious. And I don't mean that to make it sound like it's not [fun]; I mean, at the end of the day, it's meant to be an entertaining movie and I think it is. But from the beginning where they're on Krypton, there's some real serious issues being discussed, and real dire circumstances. And just the scope of it kind of took me by surprise — I think it's unusual."

Even though the tone is different in this film, Shannon enjoyable be a character that is well established and even sympathetic. "Even though people think I'm really good at being evil or something, if the job was just to show up and be mean to people, I would get confused, I think. It was nice to have a very clear objective." You can view the video below for more.

Man of Steel flies into theaters June 14th.

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whoa123 - 6/7/2013, 7:17 AM
Simply one of the best actors ever especially when he is angry. Here's hoping he delivers as Zod (even though we can already see that on the trailers).
Visualiza - 6/7/2013, 7:31 AM
Oh boy...here we go with this talk again. There's nothing wrong with a comic book movie. I'm tired of these cultured thespians trying to make things out to be something they're not.
Ramiel - 6/7/2013, 7:33 AM
Looks like a CBM to me.
ALegendaryPanda - 6/7/2013, 7:45 AM
I don't think he ever said there was anything wrong with comic book movies. He didn't say they were stupid or anything like Jason Statham, he's just saying it was different.
deanwilkins - 6/7/2013, 7:54 AM
I would love to have a comic book movie that feels like a comic book. (Maybe that's why I love Avengers so much.) I hope Man of Steel will feel like a CBM.
SychoSid85 - 6/7/2013, 8:04 AM
This movie looks awesome, and I for one an excited fir this film to come out. The cast is excellent and well picked, and the set/suit designs are amazing. I expect this to be atleast my movie of the year, which is currently a place held by Star Trek Into Darkness. This should be an interesting thread with the usual trolls arguing on both sides, especially the haters after Shannon said "it didn't feel like a CBM". Cavill looks like the best person to portray Superman/Clark Kent ever in a live action film. Sorry Reeve, I didn't really care for your look, or Donner's two Superman films. The last two in the series were absolutely horrible.
JohnLamb - 6/7/2013, 9:13 AM
I wish Zod will freak out like that scene in Take Shelter. Hahaha! Take Shelter was a great movie!
SychoSid85 - 6/7/2013, 9:20 AM
Avengers was decent, but it felt like a Looney Toons episodes at some points.
knocturnalzen10 - 6/7/2013, 10:23 AM
i don't know why ur using logic right now, let the nonsense continue........................
SkateandDestroy88 - 6/7/2013, 11:06 AM
This movie is going to be so bad ass. On every Level. Zod will atone for everyone who was disappointed in how they handled the Mandarin.

Epic. Michael Shannon is outstanding in this shiz
ndwwrestler2 - 6/7/2013, 11:09 AM
I really don't care if it feels like a comic book movie, as long as it's good, it's good.

If Green Lantern felt like a comic book movie, it wouldn't feel that much better.

My Top 5 comic book movies

1. The Avengers

2. The Dark Knight

3. The Dark Knight Rises

4. Iron Man

5. The Amazing Spiderman (That's right haters...Come at me bro!)
BIGBMH - 6/7/2013, 11:49 AM
Comments like this kind of annoy me. It suggests an assumption that comic books are silly stories with no substance that are never serious. The Dark Knight is a comic book movie. Avengers is a comic book movie. Sin City is a comic book movie. Kick-ass is a comic book movie. It's much broader source material than mainstream audiences seem to think.
jcfrommars9 - 6/7/2013, 11:57 AM

Well said.
breakUbatman - 6/7/2013, 12:02 PM

Really this whole I should feel like i'm reading a comic thing is a bit ridiculous. So i guess people want voice overs for the internal monologues and such.

Comics aren't childish or silly, I don't know why people get upset when real issues are tackled or the cast and crew treat the film as a serious subject.

Treat the material with respect you get Iron Man, Avengers, TDK etc, treat it like a "comic" you get Fantastic 4, The Spirit, Catwoman and so on.

And what does a comic book movie feel like anyway? 2001 and Star Wars are both sci-fi films after all.
KalKent853 - 6/7/2013, 12:07 PM
@thedarkpassenger If you didn't like superman 2 don't blame Donner, what you've seen most likely isn't the Richard Donner cut of superman 2. Numerous key moments that he filmed were removed when execs brought a new director in after a dispute. Completely changed the tone of the movie IMO. Also Superman 4 was so bad due to a cut in the budget and generally a lack of care by the people of the top with the character.
Fornication - 6/7/2013, 12:09 PM
If you read a comic book you will know that that's exactly how a comic book is nowadays. It's a shame that Marvel is stuck in the 40's.
MarkV - 6/7/2013, 12:15 PM
OK wrestler, here's mine:

1. Dark Knight
2. Avengers
3. Batman Begins
4. Spider-man 2
5. Iron Man

Amazing Spiderman? DUDE!

Anyway, Marvel films are more like comic books. There's a place for that, but a hyper realistic Justice League film is going to be insane.
kadetra - 6/7/2013, 12:16 PM
The DC trolls are out in full force today.
JeighJeigh - 6/7/2013, 12:18 PM
Who cares? A good movie is a good movie regardless of the genre. That's all I look for in any kind of movie, if it's good or not.
KalKent853 - 6/7/2013, 12:23 PM
I didn't like the Avengers but I can see why the film was made. 'Aim at wide audience (families included etc.) and rake in a tonne of money' The story was 'generic aliens terrorize New York' and I saw it as more of a comedy. Main gripe was 'I'm always angry' hulk line. COME ON? Without the struggle of Bruce Banner and the hulk the character is just a boring strong guy?! Inner struggle and self control/fear theme completely out the window...
kadetra - 6/7/2013, 12:28 PM
Mine would be

1)The Dark knight
2)Spider-man 2
3)The avengers
4)The dark knight rises
MarkV - 6/7/2013, 12:37 PM
Nice, a Spider-man 2 fan. We are a dying breed, I am afraid. Loved the first two Sam Raimi Spider-man films.
coderaven - 6/7/2013, 12:38 PM
While I enjoyed Thor, Ironman I, Captain America I did';t enjoy Aavengers as much.

It always felt like an episode of power rangers. The worlds greatest heroes assemble to take on a group of aliens that are attacking the earth for no other reason than just for fun.

so meh, each his own.
BIGBMH - 6/7/2013, 12:41 PM
breakUbatman- Treat the material with respect you get Iron Man, Avengers, TDK etc, treat it like a "comic" you get Fantastic 4, The Spirit, Catwoman and so on.

I get what you're saying, but why does treating it "like a comic" mean that it's not being treated with respect? The way I see it, the only time treating a movie like a comic ends badly is when the people behind the movie don't have a proper respect and understanding of the comic they're adapting. Even with something as grounded as Nolan's Batman movies, I feel like creatively they were treating the character/mythology similarly to the way Frank Miller did with Year One and Jeph Loeb did with Long Halloween.
GreenHalJordan - 6/7/2013, 12:50 PM
See, I like how, through the character's development, the sympathy occurs naturally and not forcefully. I think it'll be awesome to see his interpretation. BRING IT ON! MAN OF STEEL FTW!
MarkV - 6/7/2013, 12:51 PM
I agree, BIGBMH. If they had treated Green Lantern like a "comic" it would have involved the entire lantern core embarking on a massive war and it would span the length of the entire galaxy.
KalKent853 - 6/7/2013, 12:55 PM
Not really a fan of these newer Marvel Films to be honest they're all mediocre to me

1.Superman: The Movie
2.The Dark Knight
3.Spiderman 1+2 tied
5.Superman 2

(Closely followed by Batman Begins and TDKR)
As you can see I'm a sucker for nostalgia and I'm unapologetically biased towards Superman
MarkV - 6/7/2013, 12:56 PM
KalKent, what do you think about Man of Steel so far?
kadetra - 6/7/2013, 12:59 PM
Can't all CBMs be like spider-man 2,it was never serious like nolan movies nor fun like marvel movies but yet it was perfect.Nowadays its either a CBM follow Nolan pattern or Marvel pattern.
113 - 6/7/2013, 1:06 PM
I want to jump on the Top-5 Train: Here goes

1) Batman Begins (yeah I think it's better than TDK, bite me)
2) Avengers
3) Superman II
4) The Dark Knight
5) The Dark Knight Rises

*Honorable Mention to Spiderman 2

This list is coming from someone who generally hates Batman and especially Bat fanboys. Nolan's just a really gifted filmmaker that made a character I generally find boring, interesting.
113 - 6/7/2013, 1:08 PM
I'd also add that I am fully expecting Man of Steel to leapfrog all of these and become the clearcut #1.
TheFox - 6/7/2013, 1:11 PM
1. The Dark Knight
2. The Avengers
3. Batman Begins
4. Spider-Man 2
5. X-Men: First Class

That's me.

And for good measure...

6. Iron Man
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. X2
9. Superman: The Movie
10. Thor

For the record, the margins on these choices are razor-thin, so I kinda just bunch 'em all together under the banner of "My Favorite CBMs".

KalKent853 - 6/7/2013, 1:16 PM
@MarkV I think it looks phenomenal, I've been waiting for it since it was announced a few years back. As long as they provide an emotionally engaging backstory to accompany the action, unlike the avengers IMO, I think we're in for one of the best CBM's ever made. Just my opinion.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/7/2013, 1:19 PM
Here come the haters.
113 - 6/7/2013, 1:30 PM
I also think The Avengers won't hold up overtime. It's awesome because it successfully brought all these heroes together. That itself is an accomplishment yes. But after getting over the initial spectacle, the action was mediocre given how many heroes there were. The villains (The Chitauri) were a lackluster nameless/faceless horde, and the dialogue and themes were pretty childish overall.

Granted. Some people absolutely hate the drama that Nolan brought to his films. I completely disagree with these people. I think if it weren't for Nolan taking the material more seriously the comic-book movie genre would have fizzled out by now. The TDK trilogy, and now MoS is allowing superhero movies to be a longterm (I'm talking still being a consistent staple of Hollywood 30 years from now) proposition because of the strength of the drama, plot, and dialogue.

I just don't think Avengers will have that staying power long-term. For now it's my 2nd favorite superhero movie, but that's more by default. In contrast I feel like nearly 10 years later Batman Begins holds up better than any of the comic book movies of that era did. It holds up better than Spidey 1 & 2, X2, and obviously better than all that trash that came out around then like FF, Returns, Daredevil, etc...

UltimateHunt - 6/7/2013, 1:33 PM
BB and Avengers feels like a true CBM. Tdk and Tdkr(besides tdkr been a shitty film) they felt more like a NOLAN movie like a NOLAN universe and not a CBM or a DC movie. it had that nolans tone not dc.

MOS i think it will be place right their with Avengers as the Best CBM of All time. in snyder we trust
MarvelWeiner - 6/7/2013, 1:33 PM
He said it didn't feel like a cbm at the begining. Idiots...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/7/2013, 1:53 PM
This is a DC article fool.
ImnotDaredevil - 6/7/2013, 2:02 PM
1.The Dark Knight.
2.Sin City

bestintheworld - 6/7/2013, 2:03 PM

You nailed it. Avengers weak spot is the Chitauri. What exactly was Loki's motive for wanting to rule Earth, anyway?

Top 5)
1. Dark Knight Trilogy
2. Spiderman 2
3. Iron Man
4. X2
5. Avengers
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