Michael Shannon Talks Zod in ‘Superman: Man of Steel’ and His Intimidation of Terence Stamp

The actor also reveals that he felt silly wearing the Zod suit, and that he never reads comic books.

Michael Shannon spotted on the set of Superman: Man of Steel
Michael Shannon spotted on the set of Superman: Man of Steel
Michael Shannon is set to wow a whole new generation as Zod in Superman: Man of Steel, a role originated by legendary actor Terence Stamp in the 1981 sequel Superman II.

The actor recently revealed a bit about his participation in the Zack Snyder directed DC Comics reboot, admitting that he actually hasn't watched Superman II all the way through, because he is incredibly intimidated by what Terence Stamp did with the role of Zod.

"I find that pretty intimidating, honestly. I think he pretty much nailed it. My girlfriend had it on. She was watching it out of curiosity. And I saw it and said: 'You've got to turn it off! I can't watch that! I'm not worthy!"

The actor was also asked if he reads Superman comic books. In no way being diplomatic or trying to appease the fanboys, he admitted that he actually doesn't read any kind of comic books.

"Oh, no, Jesus! I can't read comic books. They don't make any sense to me. I find they're very hard to follow. I'm never sure which panel to look at, and then I just get confused."

Lastly, Michael Shannon spoke about the suit he is required to wear as Zod, admitting that he was a bit uncomfortable in the black jumpsuit, which will be enhanced by CGI when the film hits theaters.

"It's kind of embarrassing. It's nothing I would wear under normal circumstances! It had to happen eventually, right? Either that or fade into obscurity! It's good to do something like this. It's good to take on that kind of responsibility, be a grown up, be able to feel that pressure and be OK with it. And, let's face it, it's not neuroscience!"

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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.

Sources: Independent

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Comments (26)

  1. Justice Kowaleski

    I cant wait to see a trailer for this, Everytime i think of Zod I think of that robot chicken sketch where he is leading like A Jazzercise class or something and he is just saying 1 BEFORE ZOD 2 BEFORE ZOD. haha it always makes me laugh.

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  2. Vanboy

    Shannon was in saaaaaaane in Bug! He'll surely play a twisted Zod. And what about Ursa and Non?

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. Vanboy

    I believe that this is going to kick some major ass. They stumbled with Superman Returns (a shame, Routhe was pretty good as Reeves Superman. Didn't like Spacey as Luthor though) and they've learned their lesson.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  4. RyanMoran


    3 years agoby @RyanMoranMitaFlag

  5. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus No he didn't.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman You walked right into that one

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Pott


    3 years agoby @PottFlag

  8. Sean

    @ghostman Yes, i agree. I think that it'll be attached to The Dark Knight Rises. I cannot wait to see the trailer for Man of Steel :) .

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. Ghostman

    @themoviefanatic I think that it will be attached to The Dark Knight Rises. Makes sense since it's both a WB movie and the next soon to be hit DC comic movie franchise.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  10. Sean

    @ghostman I never saidthat i was going to ask you about that ;) . But, i will tell you that i do expect a trailer for Man of Steel, to be released on the internet by some time the end of 2012.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Punishment 2012

    yes a trailer!!! now!

    3 years agoby @dizoyleFlag

  12. Ghostman

    I want a trailer now! And don't ask me when I expect it to come out Sean :P

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  13. Heisenberg

    Kneel B4 Zod Betches!!! XD

    3 years agoby @HeisenbergFlag

  14. the Narrator

    Noice, mate!

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  15. Jay.A.Ottley


    Maybe his just learned that Santa isn't real

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  16. Sean

    @ChiRep-1 Which of my previous two comments are you referring to ?

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. ChiRep_1

    @themoviefanatic Thanks for clearing that up for us..........................

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  18. Sean

    @Alan-Solares It looks like he's looking directly at the person who took that picture.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  19. Alan Solares

    He looks mentally ill in this picture. Even though u can tell, he wasn't expecting a picture taken.

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  20. Sean

    It'll be pretty interesting to see him play the role of General Zod.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  21. bipolarmassive

    Uh, haven't we already read about this for the gazillionth time! Nothing new here!

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  22. Err

    i like michael shannon.
    looking forward to seeing him as zod.

    3 years agoby @err2005Flag

  23. CUPID

    Cant f*cking wait!

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  24. MovieManiac

    He'll be a great General Zod.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

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