So, the other day, Vulture managed to set the internet on fire with an interview with Batman v. Superman’s Michael Shannon, when it was revealed that Shannon’s Zod would be in BvS but with a physical change that had plenty of people scratching their heads. According to that interview, Shannon’s character would have flippers rather than humanoid digits. Well, in an even more recent interview, this time with The Daily Beast, Shannon has eaten some of his words but in doing so, he may have let a pretty major secret slip. It appears that perhaps those Doomsday rumors may have a bit more meat than some initially believed. Possible spoilers ahead.
First, let’s talk about those flippers, shall we? In case you missed it, in a recent interview with Vulture, Shannon recalled a pretty amusing story from the set of Batman v. Superman, in which the Man of Steel actor was stuck in a blue box that was NOT a TARDIS:
So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder] being like, ‘Where’s Shannon? Where the fuck is he?’ and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, ‘Let me out of here! [The] craft-service guy, who doesn’t have the best craft service, he was actually paying attention to what was going on. He came over and he opened the door for me. Otherwise I would have gotten fired.
For those that didn’t catch it, the blue box was a Porta-Potty.
While this story is pretty funny when you consider all of the uber dramatic roles Shannon has played over the years, the big take-away from that interview was the mention of “wax flippers”. Now what in the actual hell, as the kids say, are those flippers about? Well, in Shannon’s newer interview with The Daily Beast, he has decided to change the story and in doing so, happened to drop what may be a massive spoiler for BvS or, at least, the DC Extended Universe:
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. That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously.
“Obviously a complete bullshit story” doesn’t really exist in Hollywood, however, so of course fans of Zod all over the world took that ball and ran with it. It is more surprising that Shannon didn’t believe people would take that comment seriously than it is that people DID take it seriously. That wasn’t all that Shannon had to say on the matter. That Guy With The Eyes continued, this time seeming to support the flippers:
Maybe they should add it, I don’t know! Maybe in Part 3, Doomsday will have flipper hands. I mean, look—nothing would make me happier than to work with Zack [Snyder] again, he’s hysterical and he’s a lot of fun to work with.
Did you catch it? In two sentences, Shannon may have confirmed what fans have been speculating since the announcement of BvS: audiences may indeed see Zod transform into the Superman-killing villain, Doomsday.
The theory hitting the interwebs is that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor manages to recover the dead general’s body, leading to some experimentation that eventually results in the creation of Doomsday. While this is a bit of a walk from the source material, there is no reason that this could not work…in theory, at any rate. After all, there must be a massive threat to the world if it actually unites not only the dueling caped titular heroes but also draws a certain Amazon warrior princess born of clay into the battle, as we saw in the trailer. Then again, Shannon also made a few comments to dispel those same rumors in the same interview:
I wasn’t there. It’s a really awkward situation—I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on.
Okaaaaay….Shannon went on to explain that he came in to do some voice over work for the film but didn’t actually participate in the shooting:
I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.
“That ghost thing” refers to his understanding that Kyptonians don’t really die when they die – they simply become ghosts. In supporting this claim, Shannon mentions Russell Crowe’s appearances as Jor-El in Man of Steel and explains that his appearance is actually as a ghost. Whether he did not understand that it was actually Jor-El’s computer program in Man of Steel and not the man himself or if the explanation of the event has changed in BvS is yet to be seen but one thing is for certain: Shannon will be in the movie one way or the other. At least, Zod will make an appearance, according to the trailer below.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to take over the box office on March 25, 2016, and marks the first cinematic appearances of many of DC Comic’s most beloved characters, including Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Ezra Miller’s The Flash (maybe). Whether or not Doomsday makes an appearance is still up in the air but let’s hope that if audiences are about to witness the death of Superman, it is done right.
Do you think Michael Shannon’s new comments are just damage control? Which character are you most looking forward to seeing on the screen?