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Michael Shannon Talks His ‘Batman v Superman’ Role

While Michael Shannon‘s participation in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had been rumored for a long time, the reveal of General Zod‘s corpse in the Comic-Con trailer last month finally confirmed it.  Shannon is back as Zod in the superhero team-up sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel, but in what capacity?  What are director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio up to?  We still don’t know, at least not officially, but the actor recently spoke up about his return.

“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 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!’” Fortunately, Shannon had his personal superhero in the “craft-service guy, who doesn’t have the best craft service,” Shannon said. “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.

Shannon wouldn’t elaborate any further about his brief appearance in the trailer. “Well, I haven’t seen the trailer either, so I don’t know what I am in the trailer,” he said. “I could be a toaster, or a Porsche, I don’t know.”

Speaking to Vulture, Shannon laid out the rather humorous tale above about being stuck in a port-o-potty on set.  The actor certainly managed to slip out of the question without giving too much away, but his answer, however funny, actually leads to even more questions.  Flippers for hands?  What exactly is going on here.  Before we elaborate further, a warning needs to be issued, as the answer involves spoilers to the events in the film.


I’ve spoken before about the fact that, after the Battle of Metropolis, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has been experimenting with Kryptonian technology retrieved from city, as well as on the corpse of General Zod.  These experiments not only yield Luthor a nice supply of Kryptonite, but also a biological weapon that he can control (at least at first): Doomsday.  The majority of the footage we have seen from the film has been from the first two acts, as the third will see Doomsday unleashed as a huge threat to Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and all of humanity.

Such an event has been rumored for awhile now and our own sources have backed up these claims time and time again.  There’s no word at this time as to whether or not Shannon himself is playing the creature, but he was clearly on hand to at least play early versions of him.  Might we be treated to an “evolution of failed experiments” sequence ala the Ripley clones in Alien Resurrection?  I guess we will find out come March.

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