‘Man of Steel’: Michael Shannon Praises Henry Cavill’s Superman & Zack Snyder’s Direction

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 20th, 2014 at 11:52 am,

Michael Shannon Talks Henry Cavill Superman Man of Steel Man of Steel: Michael Shannon Praises Henry Cavills Superman & Zack Snyders Direction

The Superman reboot Man Of Steel, controlled by director Zack Snyder and producer Chris Nolan, has revealed precious little about itself. Aside from a very early publicity shot of star Henry Cavill in the iconic suit and an enigmatic trailer, the filmmakers and studio have been tight-lipped with details. Even the official synopsis paints a vague picture.

We now have at least one positive review of Henry Cavill’s performance as Superman next summer, and it comes from his co-star Michael Shannon, who plays villain General Zod.

As the Shannon told The Daily Blam:

‘I always felt like I was in a scene with Superman. I never looked at him and thought that’s just somebody trying to be Superman — he felt like the real deal.’

To hear a good report from inside the camp, especially from an actor with a pedigree like Shannon’s, is a good sign. He added:

‘I really admire Henry’s work ethic… I really haven’t seen anybody in this business work quite that hard. Obviously it’s a tremendous responsibility, and an intimidating one, to wear that suit. But he had the confidence and the work ethic to accomplish it.’

Even so, the latest incantation of Superman is by no means a sure thing. Sure, Snyder’s back catalogue proves his visual chops (no matter what you thought of Sucker Punch, it was a visually artistic film); Shannon also commented on how Man of Steel is coming together, saying ‘I’ve seen a little bit. Zack puts a lot of time into post production on all his films because he’s such a visual stylist. But the little snippet I saw was mind-blowing, and it wasn’t even finished.

It’s also hard to argue with Snyder’s casting. Cavill is known for the TV show The Tudors and last year’s Greek myth blockbuster, The Immortals, while Shannon is in the midst of a meteoric rise thanks to Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter and Premium Rush. Then again, signs looked good for the last Superman film, too.

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Brand Routh in ‘Superman Returns’

Bryan Singer, a director with a string of smart hits from The Usual Suspects to X-Men and X-Men 2, had a great premise about an outsider looking for a place to belong in Superman Returns. The untested Brandon Routh was supported by solid co-stars like Frank Langella as Perry White and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor – yet the final result was flat.

Shannon’s comments come at a good time for Superman publicity. Outside the teaser and synopsis, eager fans have been left to share rumors about Man of Steel. One rumor involves details of the climax, with Superman, Zod and Faora fighting at the Clark farm, following Zod’s attack on Superman’s adoptive parents.

Another source from inside Warner Bros hinted at Man of Steel being the first step to a Justice League movie, bringing the DC Comics characters together the same way The Avengers has for Marvel. According to the story, the character DC really wants to reference is Wonder Woman, leaving fans wondering if she’ll make a cameo in Man of Steel.

Man Of Steel is releasing on June 14, 2013

(NOTE: General Zod Fan-Made Costume Image via SHH)

Source: Daily Blam

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  1. is it me or is one of their heads photoshopped on the same person wearing those suits or the suits make both of them look as if they have the same build

    • Yeah its photoshopped.

  2. I want lots of action figures for ths movie and vehicle toys.

  3. Not wanting to sound like a killjoy, comments like Shannon’s are quite common and usually expected of co-actors prior to a movie release. The statement “I felt I was really in the presence of ….(in this case Superman)” should get an award for the most popular superhero movie cliche statement. We’ve been hearing that since Chris Reeve was Superman (tho I agreed) to Michael Keaton in a Batman costume to more recently co-actors commenting on Garfield as the new Spiderman. It seems expected nowadays.

    Having said that, I must say I was initially skeptical of this movie because I felt the Superman character was suffering from over-exposure (both movie and TV) and there was very little else that could be done storywise with the character. But the last trailer with a bearded Clark working on a fishing boat was an interesting angle. A hiking (powerless?) Kent (though not entirely new- done in Superman 2) always piques my interest. I’m really curious to see Snyder’s take on this ‘human’ Clark so desperately trying to fit in.

    • At least there will be no cheese in this Superman movie. The Reeves and Routh were too Campy…

  4. Who wrote this story. “The Clark farm”… really. You can’t get that right in the story. Yeash.

  5. Zack Snyder has proven himself visually time and time again, he has definately got the comic based directing down pat. If Zack is up to it I’d like to see him direct the Justice League movie..I think when it comes to character development and direction he is a perfect choice to compete with Joss Whedon’s style. We know he can direct very dark stories and the way he portrayed Rorschach was spot on and he was pretty much a poor Batman. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he can do with the superman franchise and I’m hoping we will see something like the first Superman from the 80′s but for this day and age..

  6. I think Zod would be awesome if he wore his helmet.

  7. Why does Zod have a an actual Z (from this planet’s alphabet) on his chest? Why does he have the same shape for his family crest as Kal-El’s family? Doesn’t make sense when you think about about it.

    • You’re kidding, right? You KNOW that pic is PhotoShopped, RIGHT?

  8. I’m caked for the man of steel I hope the climax is how it’s described when Zod and Faora try to kill superman’s adoptive parents I think that’d be great, it’d show a different side of superman that we haven’t seen before or I haven’t seen before rather.

  9. Of course, Michael Shannon praises Henry Cavil’s performance, as well as Zach Snyder’s direction; what else is he supposed to do, bite the hands that feed? Not every actor is Mickey Rourke, who criticized Mavel as sonn as Iron Man 2 finished, if not before.

  10. As I mentioned, not impressed with the “Dark Knight” approach with the Superman character. Visually the Immortals was good, overall it sucked, as well as Sucker Punch. The actors did the best they could in Sucker Punch. I hope they all continue to get better roles. In reading, Adams may not come back in the sequels. So maybe she wasn’t impressed as well. Henry Cavill, in the lead role poor choice. If that was the case should have went back with Brandon Routhe. I’m seeing a pattern with Snyder, good with Visual, POOR with storytelling. Movie will fail.

  11. As I mentioned, not impressed with the Dark Knight approach with the Superman character. Visually the Immortals was good, overall it sucked, as well as Sucker Punch. The actors did the best they could in Sucker Punch. I hope they all continue to get better roles. In reading, Adams may not come back in the sequels. So maybe she wasn’t impressed as well. Henry Cavill, in the lead role poor choice. If that was the case should have went back with Brandon Routhe. I’m seeing a pattern with Snyder, good with Visual, poor with storytelling. Movie will fail.

  12. As I mentioned, not impressed with the Dark Knight approach with the Superman character. Visually the Immortals was good, overall it sucked. In reading, Adams may not come back in the sequels. So maybe she wasn’t impressed as well. Henry Cavill, in the lead role poor choice. If that was the case should have went back with Brandon Routhe. I’m seeing a pattern with Snyder, good with Visual, poor with storytelling. Movie will fail.

  13. As I mentioned not impressed with the Dark Knight approach with the Superman character. Visually the Immortals was good overall it sucked. In reading, Adams may not come back in the sequels. So maybe she wasn’t impressed as well. Henry Cavill in the lead role poor choice. If that was the case should have went back with Brandon Routhe. I’m seeing a pattern with Snyder good with Visual, poor with storytelling. Movie will fail.

  14. As I mentioned not impressed with the Dark Knight approach with the Superman character. Visually the Immortals was good overall it sucked. In reading Adams may not come back in the sequels. So maybe she wasn’t impressed as well. Henry Cavill in the lead role poor choice. If that was the case should have went back with Brandon Routhe. I’m seeing a pattern with Snyder good with Visual, poor with storytelling. Movie will fail.

    • Even though you felt the need to post this message 5 times, I’ll just respond once.

      I disagree with virtually everything you’ve said. Every bit of information I’ve seen about MOS leads me to believe (quite strongly) that this film will be amazing and wonderful.

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