"It's ridiculous!" says Michael Shannon of the casting, "It just came out of nowhere. I'm talking to my agent and she goes, 'How about Superman?' 'What?' The idea that I would ever be in Superman. 'Are you serious?'"
"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.'Michael Shannon also revealed Zack Snyder championed him for the part during the month-long process where he screen tested against Henry Cavill.
Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.