As far as many of the press junkets go, if you are a talent attached to a superhero film that is a part of the shared universe, chances are you are going to be asked about said superhero film. Some may answer, some play dodge, and some may not answer at all because of an NDA agreement they signed. Recently, we saw just how powerful the internet voice can be when Michael Shannon talked about having flippers for hands in Batman v Superman. So was he becoming Black Manta or something else entirely?
Well, during the press tour for 99 Homes, the actor is “setting the record straight” by admitting that he wasn’t even a part of the filming process for BvS. More on this below.
About a week ago, we reported that Shannon was talking about his Man Of Steel character General Zod getting flipper hands in the sequel,
“I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands. So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder, the director] being like, ‘Where’s Shannon? Where the f**k is he?’ and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, ‘Let me out of here!’”
This led to the speculation that the Superman villain’s body would undergo some kind of postmortem metamorphosis. Zod does make an appearance in the latest trailer for the film, but he was clearly dead, but at the time it wasn’t clear if he would be revived or if said transformation would lead him to become the heavily rumored Doomsday.
But speaking to The Daily Beast, Shannon has gone on record to clarify his involvement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is to say, there isn’t very much if any at all. Here’s the quote.
“I wasn’t there,” he said. “It’s a really awkward situation—I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on.”
Shannon, who was unsure if he was even allowed to say this, then adds that he did some voice work for Batman v Superman.
The actor has admitted that he hasn’t even seen the trailer. He does say “that Dead Zod popping up in Batman v Superman is akin to how Russell Crowe’s Jor-El lived on in Man of Steel after being killed in the obliteration of Krypton.” He added how Jor-El appeared as a hologram to Superman in Man of Steel,
“The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts,” Shannon said. “The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long.”
He also says the flipper story was completely fabricated.
“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bullshit 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,” Shannon said with a baffled smile. “That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously.”
Seems like a bit of backpedaling, like perhaps he wasn’t supposed to mention anything about his involvement in BvS. One thing’s for sure, his comments has gotten a lot of people buzzing about the already highly anticipated sequel.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 26, 2016.
[Source: The Daily Beast]