So the big news so far this week is that Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, The Man of Steel. And now, RiverRun International Film Festival has released a video interview with the actor who reveals his thoughts on Zod, the Christopher Reeve superman films, Snyder’s reboot storyline, and more. Also, he’s kind of odd.
On his casting as Zod, according to ComingSoon, Shannon had this to say:
“It’s ridiculous! It just came out of nowhere. I’m talking to my agent and she goes, ‘How about Superman?’ ‘What?’ The idea that I would ever be in ‘Superman’. ‘Are you serious?’”
Further, Shannon admits that he is not allowed to read the script, but that Snyder gave him a 30 minute breakdown “of every scene” in the film, and that the studio has already screen-tested him with the new Superman, Henry Cavill. He also professes himself to be a fan of the Reeve films, and Terrence Stamp as the original Zod in particular.
So there you go—there’s your General Zod, ladies and gentlemen. He seems a tad eccentric, and his beige vest isn’t exactly inspiring the terror that one expects of Zod, but let’s give the guy a chance. He looks like he could be a madman on screen.
What do you think of Michael Shannon’s interview?