One of the most anticipated upcoming superhero/comic book movies is without a doubt Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The online rumors have been flying faster than Superman himself and many fans are desperately scooping them up, trying to deduce and decipher every potential spoiler.
Recent statements from the man who played General Zod in Man of Steel, and his appearance in Batman V Superman's San Diego Comic Con trailer sparked fan interest in the true fate of Zod. The man himself, Michael Shannon, is putting the rumors to rest once and for all...or is he?
Shannon is backtracking on his original comments and has now told The Daily Beast that he isn't in the film...and then that he is:
"I wasn’t there. It’s a really awkward situation—I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on. The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts. The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long. I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous."
This comes not two weeks after Shannon had given Vulture a few internet-shattering statements about his supposed involvement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that gained quick steam amongst fans. Shannon's comments prompted much speculation that perhaps those long-time rumors about Zod becoming Doomsday - or some similar biological weapon controlled by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) to fight the individual who killed Zod in the first place, Superman (Henry Cavill) - were true, but he's since dismissed his previous statement:
“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bulls**t answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that. That is so obviously a complete bulls**t story, right? But people took it seriously.”
There are a few options at play here. Shannon is going to be a real part of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and perhaps the story he told before was, in fact, a joke that everyone took as being serious. On the other hand, maybe Shannon did have to wear flippers - a tool used for CGI work to be done in post-production - for his role in Batman V Superman and he's back-tracking now, having realized that he inadvertently gave away more information than Warner Bros./DC and/or director Zack Snyder would have preferred.
It probably doesn't help that while joking about Zod having flipper hands, Shannon name-dropped the name of another famous DC Comics baddie:
“Maybe they should add it, I don’t know! Maybe in Part 3, Doomsday will have flipper hands. I mean, look—nothing would make me happier than to work with Zack [Snyder] again, he’s hysterical and he’s a lot of fun to work with.”
Which story are fans to believe? Is this truly a giant miscommunication or a carefully crafted misdirect to fool loyal fans that have been scouring the net to spoil themselves on as many details as possible? Those Doomsday rumors have been going strong for a while now, though that still doesn't guarantee they're accurate. One thing is apparent, though: there are some big secrets being held back about Snyder's new film, and the true fate of Zod might well be one of them.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman Solo Films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: The Daily Beast