Michael Shannon Confirms Motion-Capture Suit for General Zod in MAN OF STEEL, Talks About His Approach to the Character

     September 7, 2011

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Last month, some set photos surfaced from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel revealing what looked to be Michael Shannon in character as villain General Zod wearing a motion-capture suit. The images weren’t the best of quality, so no one was 100% certain that it was actually Shannon in the suit. Well, now the actor has confirmed that Snyder’s interpretation of the infamous Superman villain will be brought to life using motion-capture technology.

Shannon says that when he initially met with Snyder, the director told him he wouldn’t be put into one of those “silly suits,” but when time came for the cameras to start rolling Snyder had a bit of a surprise for the actor. Hit the jump to see what Shannon had to say about wearing the motion-capture garb and how he approached the character.

man-of-steel-michael-shannon-set-photo-01Speaking with Moviefone, Shannon recounted first meeting with Snyder and telling the director he didn’t want to be put in a CGI suit:

“It’s funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI, or whatever. I said, ‘Just don’t make me wear one of those silly suits.’ He said, ‘Oh, yeah, don’t worry, I know exactly what you’re talking about.’ I was like, ‘It’s going to be really hard for me to be intimidating if I have to wear one of those silly suits.’ He said, ‘I totally understand.’ Then I showed up and he’s like, ‘Dude, I swear to God, it’s going to be so badass when we[‘re] done. Trust me, it’s going to be wicked.’”

Shannon didn’t confirmed exactly how much of Zod will be creating using CGI but judging from the photo it looks to be a good portion. He also revealed that he’s not the only one wearing the motion-capture suit in the film, so expect a number of CGI creations.

The actor also spoke a bit about his approach to the character and how it will differ from Terrence Stamp’s take on the villain in the original Superman (via MTV):

“I’m not going to impersonate Terence Stamp. I’m not going to have a British accent or anything. All I can say is it’s very well written and there’s a lot of great opportunities to reinvent it for myself. The challenge is for me to do that. There’s nothing holding me back. I think they’re counting on me to give my interpretation. I’ll do the best I can…Being a general, to me, that’s a fascinating, iconoclastic character. I can’t imagine being a sergeant, let alone a general. He’s in charge of the entire military of Krypton. That’s going to take every little shred of imagination that I have. It’s a good challenge because it’s a big distance to have to go.”

Compounded with the glimpses of Henry Cavill’s undergarment-less Superman suit, it sure sounds like Snyder is taking quite a different take on the superhero. I’m thankful that this won’t be a monotonous retread (ahem, Superman Returns), but it remains to be seen if audiences will respond to a Snyder-built Superman universe. We’ll find out when Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, 2013.

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