General Zod Talks ‘Man of Steel’

shannon as zod

The trailers and marketing pouring out from Zack Snyder’s new Man of Steel flick make it look more than promising.  In my opinion, it may very well be the best offering of the summer season, and I fkn hate Superman.  And while we’ll have to wait another six weeks before we get to see it, we can at least hear what the opinions of the cast are.  Michael Shannon, the almighty and terrible General Zod himself, recently talked a bit about the film in an interview.  Check it out after the jump.

In an interview with Huffington Post, Michael Shannon was asked about many of his projects, past and present.  Naturally, he got around to talking about Man of Steel.

He talked in general about the film:

It’s going to blow everybody’s socks off. And I know they’re probably pissed off, like I’m jinxing it or something and I shouldn’t say that. I’ll knock on wood just out of deference to the gods, but the movie is solid. It’s gonna get the job done.

He also related some of his first impressions when he started filming the flick:

…I remember the first couple of days I was on set, I thought This is ridiculous. I look like an idiot. I don’t look anything like General Zod. I’m a total failure. I went over to the screen for playback and it was ridiculous. All of us were wearing pajamas, basically. And there was this neon green set of stairs that was supposed to be our spaceship. So you see us all marching down these neon green stairs in our pajamas and I’m like, “This looks like a Monty Python skit.” And he’s like, “I know right now it looks pretty silly, but, two years from now, it’s going to look like the most badass thing you’ve ever seen in your life.” And he’s right.

And finally, Shannon discussed the pressure of making a movie that has such a huge (and often unforgiving) fan base:

To people, it’s like a religious experience and I don’t discount that. I understand it. We’re very sheltered from all that on set. I mean, yeah, if people want to know if it was a high pressure job — it was very high pressure. And everybody felt a lot of anxiety about getting it right. But, Zack’s strategy — which is very intelligent — is to keep everything very calm and fun and playful and not get tied up about it. Because if you get overly anxious about pleasing people, you can’t make anything.

Some may think he’s blowing smoke to hype up Man of Steel marketing, which may be true, but the trailers seem to confirm that this movie will be epic.  Let’s hope that Shannon is just as epic in the iconic Zod role.

Check out Man of Steel when it hits theaters on June 14th.


Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up.

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