‘Man of Steel': Michael Shannon Says The Wait is ‘Worth It’

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Man of Steel Zod Heat Vision Man of Steel: Michael Shannon Says The Wait is Worth It

The pendulum is swinging in Man of Steel‘s direction of late; with a jaw-dropping trailer that didn’t just prove director Zack Snyder was saving the best for last, but rocketed the film to the rank of ‘most anticipated’ by our readers, expectations couldn’t get much higher. Especially with a leading man who has seemingly become Superman.

Nothing and nobody can quell doubts at this point – whether Snyder was the right person for the job, or the ‘realistic’ approach to Superman is brilliant or blasphemy – but one of the movie’s stars isn’t keeping his excitement under wraps. In a recent interview, General Zod (Michael Shannon) explained why his biggest fears have been put to rest after seeing the film – and knows Man of Steel will be the blockbuster everyone wants it to be.

Echoing the positive feedback from early showings of Man of Steel, Shannon isn’t holding back his optimism. It’s not exactly a risk to say that a movie starring Superman will please audiences, but with the task of rebooting the most famous superhero for a modern world – not to mention launching a DC movie universeMan of Steel has to deliver more than just special effects and a super-suit.

Man of Steel Trailer Zod Screenshot Man of Steel: Michael Shannon Says The Wait is Worth It

Those expectations are only building as time passes, and more action-packed trailers are released, but Shannon isn’t superstitious; as he tells HuffingtonPost, he knows a crowd-pleaser when he sees it:

“It’s a big buildup. I’ll tell you, I saw it last Monday — it’s worth it…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.”

Again, at this point we wouldn’t expect one of the film’s stars to come out and tell the world to not get their hopes up, but Shannon is no newcomer to the industry. With the current film festival hit The Iceman just the latest non-blockbuster role in his career, he’s not the type to hype a film for a pat on the head from the studio. If nothing else, Shannon’s comments reiterate what we’ve already known: he’s more than impressed with Henry Cavill, and compares director Zack Snyder’s visual composition to that of Martin Scorsese.

Given that he spent most of his scenes in a skintight mo-cap outfit, trusting Snyder to make him menacing, not foolish in post-production, we’re inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. And as the footage so far has shown, Zod is anything but a joke:

“It’s exhilarating. It’s what Zack promised would happen, you know? Because 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.”

Man of Steel Superman and General Zod Man of Steel: Michael Shannon Says The Wait is Worth It

Now that the world had its first look at General Zod’s armor – and his mechanized leviathan – anyone who doubted that Shannon was right to follow in Terrence Stamp’s footsteps has reason to be optimistic. The actor has made it clear from day one that his Zod would not be a retread of his predecessor’s. Instead of a corrupt general out for domination, Man of Steel‘s Zod has been called a man audiences will empathize with, and no more a villain than any soldier fighting for his own people.

We’re taking all that with a grain of salt, since making an antagonist apparently willing to kill innocent people seem like ‘not that bad a guy’ is easier said than done. But Shannon has claimed his character’s neutrality from the start, so if he’s happy after seeing the film, Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer may have just pulled it off.

Cavill could be hitting a home run in Shannon’s eyes, but the star has spoken in the past about just how much pressure comes with such an iconic role. Shannon also feels the weight of the comic book world’s expectations pressing on his shoulders, even if he can’t claim to be one of their own:

“No. I mean, it is their thing. It’s not my thing. I’m not in that club. So, I have a respect for it. 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. You have to be relaxed and have a good time.”

Man of Steel General Zod and Faora Man of Steel: Michael Shannon Says The Wait is Worth It

As even more evidence that the Superman story speaks to comic fans and the uninitiated alike, the approach taken by Snyder – just focus on the story, not the fans – seems to be paying off. Whether the ‘just relax and have a good time’ mentality will even be possible if he’s asked to helm the Justice League movie remains to be seen, though.

First things first: how well Superman is rebooted will set the stage for WB and DC Comics to hit the ground running. It sounds like Man of Steel already has one fan in Michael Shannon; how many more it can find is the real question.

Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14th, 2013.

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  1. So much hype, now. I wonder if it can actually live up to it. I ‘S’ it does…

    • Oh no you di’int!

    • ROFL
      took me a second but I see what you did there… tricksy little hobbits.

      • Did you mean ‘hobbitses’

    • Lol nicely done

  2. Feels like the DK anticipation all over again.

    • Oh shut it and wait till you see the movie. God I hate reading about this is like that and so on and so forth.

      It could be something completely different.

      • @That Guy

        Where did you see anything negative in that comment exactly?

      • Eh? What are you whining about?

    • And The Dark Knight delivered, BIG TIME, didn’t it?

      • Why yes, yes it did

    • @ Staziak

      Agreed. It feels EXACTLY like DK anticipation. Not TDKR anticipation, DK anticipation. The set-up is eerily similar. When the DK premiered, it squashed the sales of Iron Man, which in itself was a huge success. Man of Steel has a much harder task to accomplish against IM 3, if it does in fact do the same thing we are all in for quite a treat, and there couldn’t be better news for comic book movie fans.

      We still have “S” that at some point in the future, we can hear someone shout the word “SHAAAAZZAAAAAAM!!!” on the big screen. It may still be bleak, bu there is “S”.

      (props to the first comment on this page, I going to start doing that “S” gimmick at every opportunity.)

      • I’m actually not sure it feels the same as DK because after we saw our first trailer of Heath Ledger as the Joker, the anticipation went through the roof for that movie after that. I still haven’t QUITE felt that same level of enthusiasm for Man of Steel, but it’s definitely up there.

  3. all that aside…I just pray that he says that awesome line…….KNEEL !!!

    • I beleive he has already stated that he does not.

  4. my problem is that WB appears to get in the way of everything. just from what has been said and failed scripts and stuff. i just hope they know the comic movie genre has really exploded the last couple years and if they let writers do what they want then it should be great!

    the trailers seem to suggest that they have loosened up… i mean, they have let superman punch someone lol.

    i am super excited for this. its not my most anticipated movie this year, that goes to thor and pacific rim but this has me pumped.

  5. Have a big feeling that this movie will kick ass!!!

  6. Can’t wait

    • yeah, this movie is gonna be Super…….man!

  7. Man, I hope he’s right.
    This sounds eerily similar to what they were saying about Superman Returns just before it came out.
    Please let this movie be good!

  8. This movie interests me in the most mysterious way. I’m very excited for it. In the mean time, Iron Man 3.

    • yip

    • Seen iron man 3 recently and all i have to say is dont get your hopes up.it was a mediocre movie for me and full of wasted opportunity.Ben Kingsley was amazing though.as for Man of steel i do have high hopes.

  9. This film looks super!

  10. In Zod we trust.

    • That’s more like it.

    • ^This.

    • Kneel before zod!!!

  11. I have a strong feeling that this will be one of the greatest movie of 2013. Did not have this feeling at all with Superman Returns.
    Synder, Nolan, Goyer plus a great cast sounds like chemistry to be an oscar-worthy performance.


    This is one freaking awesome movie of one the biggest superheroes, or THE BIGGEST SUPERHERO in the world. We are ALL PUMPED UP is an understatement! We waited for this day, and with MOS a new era for a modern day, high-octane, awesome Superman movies will begin.

    Superman is the symbol of STRENGTH, POWER, and HOPE. There will be fascinating MOS sequels with Brainiac/Cyborg Superman/Darksied/Doomsday, that will pump out your blood, and there will be huge Justice League movies.

    General will find Kal on June 14th, and I will be there to join him.

    • I just hope its alot better than Superman Returns & the trailers suggest it will be. I hope it doesnt kill Ironman 3. Im not pro Marvel or pro DC, Im a comic book movie fan so if it does well DC will keep making movies.
      Competition is healthy & the ultimate winner is me, cause I get to see some great movies.

      Sorry if the grammer or spelling is bad, english is my 1st language.

      • @ Mcshea


        Very well said Mcshea!

      • It will be without a doubt better than Superman Returns just by looking at trailers, why cause CHRIS NOLAN has the balls to show us a different aspect of these characters. Superman Returns to me was like a flashback
        of Richard Donner’s Superman Movie

    • lol@doofy nonexistent rivalries.

      People should hope movies are good on their own, not care about which one makes more dough.

      • @ Ken

        Exactly right Ken!

      • Very Truth !

        • True ^

      • You say that, but of course screenrant will report, and commenters will be very happy if it does well, and disappointed if it under performs.

    • NO Movie is that serious.

  13. I wonder what kind of Violent Battle they are referring to

  14. I am actually looking forward to this. I did not like any of the previous Superman movies, but this one looks like it could finally be a good one. I Hope it is a success, and urges DC/Warner on towards Justice League, but also hope it convinces them to do a sequel to Green Lantern, again with Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, but this time with a better script and without the cornball humor and bedroom scene. And we need to get confident here also, DC/Warner, and get The Flash movie starring Barry Allen going as well. Or how about a team-up movie for Green lantern #2/Flash as a combo? It could be Green Lantern/Hal Jordan and Flash/Barry Allen versus Sinestro and Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom! Now there would be a 2 on 2 slobberknocker where everyone is equal and opposite indeed! And it would be a mini-test for DC/Warner to see how audiences would take to a super-buddy flick on a smaller but grand scale (hope that is not a contradiction in terms), before diving into the whole enchilada with a screen full of super-teammates? How about it, everybody? Are you with me?

  15. Hype needs to stop, but in sup we trust

  16. If I told you to go jump off a cliff because there was gold at the bottom would you ?

    Obviously the actor is going to say his movie is awesome. Do you expect them to say “This movie sucks don’t go see it ?”

    Not if they want to work in movies again.

    • There have been a few cases where the actors involved have said they weren’t pleased.

    • Hally Berry said that cloud Atlas was the worst film she’d acted in prior to its release so…

  17. Check out Zod’s eyes……..

    Did somebody inject General Zod with the Extremis virus?

    • Can’t wait to see the heat vision in action. That pic creeps me out.

  18. Most anticipated movie of the year for sure!!!

  19. I can’t but help to be a little anxious to see this movie its number one on my list this summer. My friends are saying I’m crazy and yes Superman Returns did suck….still does suck and always will suck. They dropped the ball on that one but I have faith that Snyder, Nolan, and Goyer have made a complete 360 and this movie will surpass a summer blockbuster. That’s what I’m hoping but I’m rooting for DC I have seen Marvel do their thing and I love it now I wanna see DC get the ball rolling. MOS2, Flash, Wonder Woman, hell a Teen Titans, Shazam etc. They have excellent characters its time to bring them to the forefront.

    oh yeah I would like to see Justice League but a Worlds Finest with Cavill and Bale would make top dollar. Everybody and their grandmother would go see Superman and Batman, grace the silver screen together.

    • I would love to see a Teen Titans movie.

    • The Shazam! property should definitely be explored. Ancient Egyptian magic, an ancient sorcerer, Captain Marvel, Black Adam…

      What if, in the near future we get: World’s Finest: The Rise of Black Adam?

      It wasn’t long ago when the above suggestion didn’t have a prayer.

      Now, there is “S”

    • Complete 360? I think you mean a 180, because if they do a 360, it will be the same as Superman Returns.

  20. Shannon is one of the most talented, yet underrated actors in the business; I have no doubt that he’ll make a proper villian worthy of such an iconic franchise.
    Unfortunately, Cavill hasn’t really had the chance to truly show off his acting chops, but he has always somehow made a strong, convincing character out of the horrid scripts he’s been dealt; so I have faith in the new man in tights.

    As for Shannon’s comments: its incredibly rare for such a professional, yet reserved actor like him to speak like this about a project…so I’m fairly convinced that I wont have me socks by end credits.

  21. Gee, thanks for the spoiler warning before posting those pics.

    • @John – Who are you talking to? The author of this article?


    • These pics are all from the trailer as far as I know. You can only complain about spoilers if this was the first appearance of these images, which it is not. You don’t want to see this stuff, don’t click on the article.

  22. Movie looks ridiculous cant wait

  23. Michael Shannon rocks. Love him on Boardwalk Empire. If you want to see something funny go to funnyordie.com and take a look at him reading a crazed sorority gal letter. Seriously, one of the funnier things I have seen in a long time.

  24. That CG Zod costume looks worse than the CG Green Lantern costume. The army of Kryptonians is lame. No thanks.

    • Why is it lame? Because you said so? Because you’re a Marvelite and simply can’t bring yourself to like a DC property on principle?

      Go on, give me a good reason. Instead of “Supahman suxor! Saying this gets me street cred among Marvel nerds! See how KEEEWL I am? DERP!”

      • It’s dumb to assume dislike is based on something like “I like Marvel so DC sucks.” Sure, lots of people think like that, but assuming it’s the case when there’s no evidence is just as moronic. You don’t want to be moronic do you?

        • If calling out moronic criticism is moronic, I guess you can all me that, sir.

          And I didn’t say that was his reason like you accuse me of. I asked if it was. Because he’s going ‘LAAIIIMME!’ on something that he’s seen and heard nothing but good things about for no reason at all. THAT’s what’s truly moronic.

          Strange that you only want to call out my reply while quietly ignoring his original(and truly moronic) comment.

          • How is it strange? I don’t care why people don’t like something, as long as it’s not absurdist, blind allegiance that isn’t valid. I called YOU out because you were participating in the “us vs. them” mentality, which is something I am against. It’s turd-based thinking at its worst.

            There’s nothing wrong with asking a person who’s being vague “ok, why do you dislike it,” or “ok, why is it the best thing ever?” but putting a label of “Oh you’re just a Marvel fanboy” tag on him is just as bad as BEING a fanboy.

            Learn, grow, enjoy.

            • And that just shows your own prejudices, because I don’t give a damn about DC vs Marvel; I read both and watch both. What gets my goat is when people take a piss on something and criticize it unfairly due to their inner biases rather than any legit reason. In this case it may be a Marvel bias, a Donner bias, a Bryan Singer bias or simply an anti-Superman or anti-Snyder prejudice.

              I suspected Rpin suffered from one or the above and simply wanted a good reason, so I asked him while pointing that he had no good reason for what he was saying. I may have gotten carried away with the Marvel thing in particular, but that was probably my frustration speaking after years of seeing ignorant Marvelites who’ve hardly read a Superman comic in their life bash him purely on principle.

  25. Monty Pythin skit… Theres an idea for the next surving Monty Python members project.. They have done Bicycle Repair Man as a sketch after all and he’s a super hero.

  26. Go on, give me a good reason. Instead of “Supahman suxor! Saying this gets me street cred among Marvel nerds! See how KEEEWL I am? DERP!”

  27. Like Andrew says in the article you should normally take an actor or actresses praise of a movie they’re in with a big grain of salt. It’s their job. How many times have we seen actors & actresses saying how great their film is and then we see it and it’s crap? The answer is countless times.
    But Michael Shannon is a rare breed. I’m not saying he’d be bashing the film, I just think he’d be silent or saying the bare minimum to do his job. So his praise counts IMO and should be taken into account.

  28. Competition is in the air and it smells great!
    I have friends that dislike DC films- except for Nolan’s Batman- that are hoping this film rocks and introduces a DC universe that is at least good as their animated counterparts.
    I am in love with both universes but I hope DC gets going after this film and that competition really increases in order to put out great films in general.

  29. Up-Up & away baby!