Update: Michael Shannon Doesn't Think You Should Take His 'Batman v Superman' Tease Seriously

Update: Michael Shannon Doesn't Think You Should Take His 'Batman v Superman' Tease Seriously

Sep 01, 2015

Update 9/1/15: In a new interview, Michael Shannon has revealed that he can't believe anyone took his comments (see below) about his role in Batman v Superman seriously.

“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bullshit answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that,” Shannon said with a baffled smile. “That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously.”

As for his actual involvement, he did admit that he's in the movie, but that he's just a holographic projection, not unlike Jor-El is for most of Man of Steel.


Previously: Considering what happens to General Zod in Man of Steel, it may initially sound like a surprise that Michael Shannon is talking about his role in the sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One might think that any return of his would be kept ultra secret and that he shouldn't be mentioning it in interviews, but then you have to remember that he's already in the trailer. Granted, he's not exactly up and walking around, but he is in it.

That said, Michael Shannon's recent comments about what he's going to look like in Batman v Superman are intriguing. He told Vulture about how some very curious costume changes ended up resulting in him getting trapped in a bathroom while everyone was yelling for him to come to set.

“I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands,” Shannon told Vulture at a screening for 99 Homes hosted by Peggy Siegal. “So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder, the director] being like, 'Where’s Shannon? Where the f--k is he?' and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, 'Let me out of here!'” 

So obviously the big question is, why does General Zod have flipper fingers? Our comics expert John Gholson thinks he has an answer.

"Recent comics have reinvented Bizarro as a malformed clone of Superman, so it wouldn't surprise comic readers to see Lex's secret Kryptonian cloning experiments carried over to film."

The trailer shot above of Zod's body being escorted by Luthor's right hand gal Mercy Graves would definitely seem to back up the idea the billionaire is doing some weird experimentation on the body of one dead Kryptonian, so it's not a reach that some form of Bizarro superman is created as a result.

The trailer also contains a shot of Batman dodging some beams blasted at him on the side of a building, and while it's assumed that those would be coming from Superman they're not as clean and focused as Superman's heat vision (see below). They look much more like the raw and unfocused heat vision that General Zod uses. It could be because Superman is under the influence of some kryptonite during the fight. Or, perhaps, it's not Superman's heat vision at all.


Exhibit A. Superman's clean, focused heat vision:

Exhibit B. Bigger, more unwieldy heat vision coming from an unknown source:

Now, it could just be that Shannon's deformed Zod comes from a dream sequence of some kind, which wouldn't be out of tone considering there are dream sequences in Man of Steel, but we don't think it's that much of a throwaway.

Batman and Superman have to unite to try and take down a common enemy at some point in the movie, right? And it's not going to just be puny, totally normal Lex Luthor. So, is that second blast coming from Zod? Bizarro? Some combination of the two?

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