Michael Shannon Talks Zod & Superman in Man of Steel

It's only been three days since Warner Bros. announced the casting of Michael Shannon as iconic General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman film, Man of Steel and discussion about the actor, as well as the inclusion of Zod as an antagonist, has yet to simmer down.

On Sunday night, Shannon was honored with the 2011 Emerging Master Award at the RiverRun International Film Festival. While the actor graciously discussed acting in general, he also took the opportunity to address how he landed the role of Zod - as well as his thoughts on the upcoming Man of Steel reimagining.

Yesterday, Screen Rant's own Kofi Outlaw posted a thoughtful editorial regarding why Zod is a good villain for Snyder's Man of Steel film by asserting that the power-hugry Kryptonian could provide an interesting duality set against Superman's love for mankind - as well as provide the basis for the epic Superman battles fans have waited years to see on the big screen.

For those unfamiliar with Shannon's prior work, the RiverRun interview might give you pause about the future Zod but, despite his nonchalance about the casting process, there's no question that the actor will be able to capture the intelligence and brutality of the wayward Kryptonian.

Check out the video of Shannon discussing his Man of Steel experience so far:


RiverRun highlights an especially entertaining quote from Shannon where the actor discusses his first meeting with Snyder:

"So I go meet him [Zack Snyder] and he's seriously sitting there and he's telling me - he's like 'You can't read the script, so I'm just gonna tell you what happens.' And he spent like a half hour telling me every scene in this movie... and then it's a month later, it's like 'OK, you're General Zod."

As mentioned, some fans who don't have much experience with Michael Shannon could be put-off by the interview but it's not fair to judge the actor's future performance by simply watching the guy marvel at the surreal experience of being cast in a Superman film. Not to mention the fact, Shannon wasn't at RiverRun promoting the film, he was there to discuss acting - and to be engaging for the festival attendees.

Most importantly, Shannon appears to appreciate the history of the franchise (yes he has seen Superman II) - as well as the difficulty that star Henry Cavill will face in bringing both Clark Kent and Superman to life in a real and compelling performance.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you think of Michael Shannon as Zod.

The Man of Steel will battle general Zod in theaters during the 2012 holiday season. As always we’ll keep you updated on the film’s development.

Source: RiverRun International Film Festival [via /Film]

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