A few days ago, we posted the reveal of Total Film‘s May cover showing Amy Adams’ Lois Lane along with an insert revealing some of the interview layouts revolving around the Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel. While you can’t really see any of the finer details besides some new shots from the set, one interview stood out among the rest, possibly throwing off everyone’s idea of what to expect in the next few months.
While talking with the magazine as part of their cover story, Michael Shannon, who will be this generation’s General Zod, spoke about his portrayal of the now iconic villain.
Fans will know that the Superman villain is cold and cunning in his ways. You don’t just say something like “Kneel before Zod!” and expect a handshake in its place. Shannon’s take on the exiled Kryptonian, however, will have fans kneeling just to recover from shock. According to Shannon:
“He’s not a villain. He’s not a villain any more than any other general fighting to protect his people. He doesn’t like to just hurt people and steal diamonds; he’s focused on being successful at his job.”
Look at those first four words and digest that for a second. It’s true that depending on the role they play in a film, actors will get a sense of what their side is trying to accomplish in the overall scheme of things, but this is Zod! He’s an individual that was cemented into pop culture by Terence Stamp in the original 1978 Superman and the 1981 sequel Superman II, someone out for revenge and willing to destroy an entire planet to do so.
But thirty-five years after his initial appearance, that kind of Zod wasn’t what Michael was going for, adding:
“I think the way Terence Stamp approached it — and this isn’t any kind if criticism of his performance — there was something kind of detached about it. Pure, hatred, rage, whatever … I think this [characterization] is more ambiguous.”
If he’s not the real villain of the film, then who is? Are we gearing for a larger match up in Man of Steel, say for example Superman vs. Brainiac? And what about the mention of him “fighting to protect his people”? Could it be a reference to the bottled city of Kandor or an indication that Zod and Faora will have some friends along for the ride?
We’re not certain, but what we do know is that this Zod may not be the guy that people were expecting to see. This is someone with an agenda looking for any means to succeed. What do you think?
Man of Steel is coming to theaters June 13th, 2013.