Michael Shannon Talks MAN OF STEEL Story, CGI Suits, Flying And Director Zack Snyder

Michael Shannon Talks MAN OF STEEL Story, CGI Suits, Flying And Director Zack Snyder

The actor, who will play General Zod in the upcoming reboot, has opened up about the mixture of practical and CGI effects, how that ultimately effects his performance, working with director Zack Snyder and much more.

Talking to The Province (via Superman: Man of Steel (2013)) Michael Shannon was quizzed on how his time working on Man of Steel has been going, although the actor was as careful as ever not to give too much away. "Man of Steel? It’s about Superman, I can tell you that. It’s pretty hush-hush, it’s a reboot going back to the origins of Superman. We started doing preparations in the spring, learning stunts and stuff, and we started shooting towards the end of July. We were in Illinois for a couple of months then we wound up here in Vancouver."

"Oh, he’s a prince," the actor said when talk turned to director Zack Snyder. "One of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in this business. Very warm-hearted individual and very creative. He blends in, he likes to feel, to be one of the guys, one of the crew, but he’s able to do that without losing his authority. He doesn’t really crack the whip, he’s friendly and because he’s friendly people want to make him happy."

Zack Snyder's movies tend to be fairly heavy on CGI and this is something Shannon is seemingly quite grateful for, especially after the interviewer brought up how former Zod, Terrence Stamp, was hoisted around on a rig to achieve the flying effects in the original Superman. "Unfortunately for Mr. Stamp, they didn’t have CGI back then. I’m being spared a lot of drudgery that he had to endure. From time to time I’m in a harness, but I don’t think anywhere near as much as he was. It’s no secret that a lot of the film is going to be assisted by computer designed animation."

"I guess it can be frustrating not having those tactile elements around you, being surrounded by the green, but you’re always trying to tell a story and be honest and you use your imagination regardless of whether there’s a set or not," he revealed, highlighting some of the potential downsides to visual effects. "In a way it’s even more childlike (with CG) because you’re really relying solely on your imagination, like a little kid in the yard who doesn’t have any props, just inventing something out of thin air. That’s the original impulse for it all to begin with, I think."


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Michael Shannon as Zod

RELEASE DATE: June 14th, 2013.

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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "Superman" 12/4/2011 Source: The Province
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Jolt17 - 12/4/2011, 9:26 AM
Meh, you're way too fast Josh, lol.

Anyway, isn't it interesting to note that line..."It’s a reboot going back to the origins of Superman." Back to the origins. Yay.
ArkAngel - 12/4/2011, 9:43 AM
Is anybody else still worried about Zack Snyder's CGI-laden style or is that just me?
Greengo - 12/4/2011, 9:45 AM
That's just you.

Zack seems like a cool dude.
GUNSMITH - 12/4/2011, 9:45 AM
golden123 - 12/4/2011, 9:46 AM
It must be pretty funny. I would think working with CGI would be very weird for the actors.
JustinMSalvato - 12/4/2011, 9:54 AM
Tom Welling says:

"Origins? ORIGINS?! I'm all about origins and they didn't cast me??!"

"That's bulls---!"
johnnymarr - 12/4/2011, 10:05 AM
Mark my words boys... this movie will be EPIC!
Christuffer - 12/4/2011, 10:14 AM
I don't know about you guys, but there hasn't been a Zack Snyder movie that I haven't loved. Sucks for anybody who feels different.
Sanderman - 12/4/2011, 10:19 AM
If there's one thing Snyder can do that is CGI! Man is very talented with cgi in is movies
DioFoRio - 12/4/2011, 10:31 AM
the problem with green lantern was the script and execution
Jimdlux - 12/4/2011, 10:35 AM
So far...not thrilled with the Director, the costumes and the cast... Now I'm just praying...
JoshWilding - 12/4/2011, 11:13 AM
With Zack Snyder in charge, I'm guessing they'll use the same VFX houses they did for Sucker Punch. Regardless of what you thought of that movie, there's no denying that it was visually stunning.
MJPETTY7 - 12/4/2011, 11:27 AM
It took Smallville 10 years to do Superman's origin, do we really need a new one already? Reminds me of Geoff Johns' Secret Origin getting overshadowed by Morrision's Action Comics...Stupid New 52...

Also, CGI suits? C'mon!

Dynamo - 12/4/2011, 11:55 AM
I think he's wearing armour guys. You know like RDJ wore in Iron Man?
Unionjack - 12/4/2011, 11:56 AM
I don't understand all the fuss, we already know that supes and zod have normal suites, the CGI suit is some sort of armour suit!!

I for one can't wait for a great superman movie. IMO we have never had one, the original Superman was awesome, until lex came into it. I want no comedy lex in these movies!!

I'm also glad it's pushed to 2013, as that ensures that Nolan will be involved in the editing!!!
superbatspiderman - 12/4/2011, 12:01 PM
I really hope that this turns out good. Superman needs a good film.

On a side note if anyone hasn't read my Crow Story please check it out. It's called Mercy is for the Weak.
rbfn04 - 12/4/2011, 1:36 PM
Yeah, remember those origins? When Clark was more kryptonian, had a beard and an ugly suit?
nowtheresaBATman - 12/4/2011, 2:11 PM
Origins done right this time is what were gonna get. Far more visual & in depth. It's the last time it's ever gonna be shown in a movie so well why not?
rbfn04 - 12/4/2011, 2:30 PM
cause everything points to it being a far cry from the character. more like batman than superman. plus, snyder... plus, bracelets... plus ugly suit...
gambgel - 12/4/2011, 3:07 PM
so we'll have some great flying fights between the hero and villain????

ThunderCougarFalconBird - 12/4/2011, 3:21 PM
Why does everyone suddenly think the suits are cgi? READ THE ARTICLE!! There's no mention of the suits being cgi (other than the odd cape) in any article on this movie. Add to that the fact we've seen the suits and you should all give yourselves one epic facepalm!!

As for the director? I think they have the perfect man for the job in the perfect team. I urge you all to see Sucker Punch if you haven't already. Yes, one of Snyders worst efforts so far but it actually made me realise how good he is for Superman. The movie is a visual masterpiece, the action is sublime! What let's it down? No real character development and a rushed/chopped story. How can these negatives be turned around?

1 - Superman is a very well known character who doesn't need quite so much development. Not saying he doesn't need any but you get the point.

2 - Story and production by the same people who gave us Batman Begins and TDK!

3 - I don't need a "3" as my "1 & 2" were so good!
Facade - 12/4/2011, 3:41 PM
They lost me at FAIL.
nowtheresaBATman - 12/4/2011, 5:30 PM
Rightio fellas rightio
nowtheresaBATman - 12/4/2011, 5:36 PM
@TheGODDAWNSUPERGUY- I have the answer!It's the beard. Clark Kent isn't suppose to have the ability to grow facial hair unlike other Kryptonians. So he borrowed Bruce Wayne's.
rbfn04 - 12/4/2011, 7:29 PM
@superguy the darker, more militarized look, for one...
grynningguy - 12/4/2011, 9:48 PM
As Ron said, no mention of any cgi suit. There's been pics of Cavill in the super suit, as well as Crowe in his Jor-el suit. Can't pass judgement yet, no matter who's movie history may be a little tipsy (Snyder's, who I think is an awesome director; every director, actor or whomever has a bad movie at some point, nobody's perfect). This movie will be sweet. Snyder knows he's in a postion to deliver a great Superman movie, so I believe he will. In conclusion, only "complaint", origins?? Why?!?! Hope it's a simple, subtle, not-really-there kind of origins story. Otherwise, regardless, this will be a great movie.

Peace fellow comic book slash movie goers!!
KalEl84 - 12/4/2011, 11:49 PM
@rbfn04 You're a lost cause. If you don't think it'll do well, then just don't bother seeing it. I mean, apparently, Clark isn't ALLOWED to have a had a beard somewhere in his past. Updates on the suit of ANY kind are forbidden. Oh, and NO NEW interpretations on the mythos are allowed at ANY time....even if the comics do them all the time. Sorry, but that's just the way it seems with you.
RyanLantern77 - 12/5/2011, 5:20 AM
Hiring Zack Snyder insured that the movie would be visually fantastic. The cast is one of the best that any CBM has had, and David Goyer wrote the script.

This movie will be outstanding
rbfn04 - 12/5/2011, 5:40 AM
@Superguy the whole new suit look militarized. If you can't see it, read a bit more on design and you'll understand where I'm coming from. Superman looks darker, dude, not just the world.

@KalEl84 when did I say anything about a beard? Matter of fact, for a good while, my avatar was Superman sporting a beard from his exile days...
NeoBaggins - 12/5/2011, 7:01 AM
Sucker Punch's visuals are bananas. Apply that to a CBM with a good script and decent acting... win.
Shaman - 12/5/2011, 7:53 AM
I just can't understand all the criticism Sucker Punch gets when there are way more [frick]ed up movies being acclaimed out there (A Clockwork Orange for example). The premise of SP is quite simple, so simple in fact that you didn't even need any dialog to understand the opening set-up. The main character then gets taken to the asylum and that's probably where people lose grasp of the perception they had of the film as it drastically warps into something entirely different. I think of it as starting to eat steak and potatoes, and then realising it tastes like a blueberry cheesecake. So i can see how some might be put off by it, i just can't see why many would consider it that bad, or the worst thing they've tasted in their entire lives. The trailer even showed both the fantastical action oriented aspects as much as the melodramatical psychologic underlay, so i knew i'd be getting two meals in one plate from the get-go, and i can't understand how people could have expected anything else.

The point of the movie is that it's entirely ABOUT perception, state of mind and psychological struggle. It might not have laid out everything for you like Inception did, but it's just as smart a concept if not more than Inception's. I'm not gonna pretend it's deeper than a beatnik's wet dream because it clearly wasn't (neither was Inception, btw), which is what i appreciated most from this film. It didn't pretend to be any more than what it was, which i felt was refreshing. It was just someone's screwed up perception of the particular situation she was in and how she found deep within herself the power to psychologically set herself free. I'd imagine anyone being taken out of society on account of needing any psycho-medication, to live in their own bubble world where things aren't perceived the same way as they are for us. This girl was heavily traumatised and suffered great psychological consequences because of it. She was caged into an asylum she felt resembled her day and age's mob controlled burlesque backstreet cabarets. If you noticed the car at the beginning and the bus at the end, you'd know this film wasn't taking place in 2011. The staff chief was the pimp that kept her caged and her shrink was the stage director that helped her blossom. The old man she had as a guide was what the opening narration labeled an "angel", but as a shaman i prefer to think of him as her own higher self. In fact, the whole movie felt like one huge shamanic journey to me and i felt it was very well executed. Snyder proved to me once again that he was indeed the visual master i always saw him as, even giving us slow-motion in scenes that suited it, contrary to Watchmen.

And the one thing i simply can't get behind is how feminists could ever think the movie was degrading to women. This wasn't "Showgirls" for [frick]'s sake, there wasn't even the slightest nip-slip or ass crack to be found. How feminists can be "okay" with or even enjoy Moulin Rouge yet shit on Sucker Punch is completely and utterly beyond me. There wasn't even a rape scene, not even an implied one. Sure, one was "about to" take place in one scene but it didn't. Shouldn't people be glad about that? So what was the problem? Was it that it was historically accurate in portraying such a dirty yet common aspect of that society at that time? By all means, let us all start burning down and ignoring our history because we shouldn't be learning from it, we should just be forgetting it ever existed just so it can better repeat itself. Was it that it was women being caged by men? What, you're honestly telling me that there were never any all female asylums before? And that especially in that day and age, the guards weren't mostly male? I'm pretty sure that's a fairly historically accurate rendition, as far as i know. But feel free to enlighten me on the matter.
rbfn04 - 12/5/2011, 8:53 AM
@MrEko nice seein you bro'!

@killercroc welcome homie. I see it darker in the designs, colours. You can say a lot just by visuals. I may be wrong, I hope I'm wrong. But, so far, I'm seeing a darker Superman. I don't like it, others will.

In a movie, I rather see a close depiction of the character, leave elseworld stories for the comics.
rbfn04 - 12/5/2011, 9:35 AM
@MrEko @SHaman as long as High School Musical chick was onscreen, I was happy with suckerpunch...
KNIGHT3000 - 12/5/2011, 10:06 AM

Ryan Reynolds
Quality of FX
Running time
Facepalm racetrack scene....... And it was lame.

KNIGHT3000 - 12/5/2011, 10:20 AM
I am not a Blake Lively fan, but she was the only thing good about GREEN LANTERN. Reynolds was more ridiculous than usual., best part was when he got his ass kicked.
KalEl84 - 12/5/2011, 11:26 AM
@rbfn04 "Yeah, remember those origins? When Clark was more kryptonian, had a beard and an ugly suit?"

You said it there. If you want want this film to rehash exactly what his origins were in previous films, then watch 'Superman: The Movie'. The tone of the world around him may be darker, but he himself will not be. In fact, I'm willing to bet that's the point....that Superman will be the light to inspire the world out of darkness, because that's who he is and what he does. As I've always said, even in the past Martha Kent helped Clark make the suit, I've always looked at it as a Kryptonian battle suit. hen you get right down to it, that's what it is. Have faith.
rbfn04 - 12/5/2011, 12:32 PM
@KalEl84 I was being sarcastic toward the above commenter, who made it seem like we've seen this story before...

I hope you're right. I, myself, have not felt inspired by what I saw. Again, I hope I say I'm wrong. And I will, if I am... Hate the "daddy's underoos" thing tho. If they really go with that, I'll hate this badly designed suit even more.

LOVE the old school style S emblem. LOVE it
Deschain - 12/8/2011, 5:38 PM
make him kill someone in this and bam instant hit

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