Michael Shannon Talks General Zod in ‘Man of Steel’

The actor says he hasn't looked at Zack Snyder's script but he's been told every scene in the movie.
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Michael Shannon Talks General Zod in ‘Man of Steel’

Michael Shannon talked about his recent casting as General Zod in Zack Snyder's new Superman film, Man of Steel, at the RiverRun International Film Festival. The actor said:

"It's ridiculous!" says Michael Shannon of the casting, "It just came out of nowhere. I'm talking to my agent and she goes, 'How about Superman?' 'What?' The idea that I would ever be in Superman. 'Are you serious?'"

"So I go meet him [Zack Snyder] and he's seriously sitting there and he's telling me - he's like 'You can't read the script, so I'm just gonna tell you what happens.' And he spent like a half hour telling me every scene in this movie...and then it's a month later, it's like 'OK, you're General Zod.'


Michael Shannon also revealed Zack Snyder championed him for the part during the month-long process where he screen tested against Henry Cavill.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013.

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  • err2005 • 4 years ago

    I like Michael Shannon a lot

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    • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

      @moviegeek lol you would :P i thought it was a pg13 movie trying to be an R movie

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      • moviegeek • 4 years ago

        @mattbierwagen hehe, I liked the owl movie :D

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        • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

          @corey well ill wait to see what you think then

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          • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

            @moviegeek you must not have seen the owl movie, cuz its two to three movies for most people that zack snyder has failed with

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            • corey • 4 years ago

              But, keep this in mind. Synder is better with adaptations, much better. Sucker Punch will be a lesson learned for him not to make his own material.

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              • corey • 4 years ago

                @moviegeek@mattbierwagen: Of course I'll see it! Opening night sure! haha.

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                • moviegeek • 4 years ago

                  @mattbierwagen Yeap, I probably will :P One movie rarely stops me from seeing another featuring the same star, or in this case, director.

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                  • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

                    @moviegeek so do i, but will you really see superman in theaters after seeing suckerpunch and reading this article without extremely fantastic reason for it? I know i wont. But @corey sees everything and doesn't need reason haha.

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                    • addictionnonfatel • 4 years ago

                      Okay, just a few more casting rosters left, and I just wish they would have given Alice Eve a look. I mean whatever character Ms. Lohan is auditioning for would most likely be better off being portrayed by someone like Alice Eve or Rachel Nichols. Two actresses who are talented and wouldn't bring any distraction to the movie or bad press. I mean if Lohan does indeed get the role, then I can't help but think, that's all anyone will be thinking about while watching this movie is her troubles. That wouldn't be good!

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                      • moviegeek • 4 years ago

                        @mattbierwagen I tend to see most everything, though not quite as much as @corey.

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                        • diaigma • 4 years ago

                          @mattbierwagen - phhf, if it's less than 60%, I won't even bother :P

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                          • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

                            @jptheredskull i respectfully disagree. I think that zach snyder is being more like brothers strauss right than chris nolan. zack snyder will never level up to chris nolan; its obvious because chris nolan literally outdoes himself every movie, while every one of zack snyder's movies has been worse than the one before it. After suckerpunch he literally has no right to deny people the script and actually believe people will trust that.

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                            • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

                              @diaigma zack snyder just cant fool me anymore. the only case i will ever see this movie before it comes to dvd is literally if you, @dan1, @moviegeek, or @corey reviews it for at least 4 stars. And I assume it will be screeny who reviews it because he sees everything both good and bad

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                              • brandonheat • 4 years ago

                                @avrahama i agree.. TIME TO BRING OUT DARKSIDE!!!!

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                                • avrahama • 4 years ago

                                  I dunno, here's my thinking on it... I'm not familiar with the superman series of comics however I DO know, i'm getting dejavu with all the familiar baddies. Isn't there some other villians that they could introduce? I've seen all this before - stop playing it safe, let's bring out something new to the franchise. Superman surely defeated more foes than Lex and Zod.

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                                  • brandonheat • 4 years ago

                                    Billy Zane could be a great Lex Luthor..

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                                    • superman81 • 4 years ago

                                      @jptheredskull good point on Lex. That's what I enjoyed most about Smallville. Having Lex and Clark become friends and then the extreme hate he grows for him is what drove the show. It makes more sense as to why Lex would hate superman so bad.

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                                      • addictionnonfatel • 4 years ago

                                        Hey Michael Shannon can you repeat that again, I cannot understand you with that horrible lisp of yours.

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                                        • pjwolsker • 4 years ago

                                          it'll be a Ledger for sure. watch Revolutionary Road. he got an Oscar nom for that

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