‘Batman v Superman’ Rumors Put to Rest by Michael Shannon

By September 1, 2015

Out of all of the things that people had issues with in Man of Steel, it seemed like General Zod (Michael Shannon) wasn’t one of them. The character ended up being a new, and interesting adaptation of the classic comic book character with one of the most talented actors in the industry right now in Michael Shannon. The twist regarding Kryptonians being programmed for one thing each time they’re born, might have ended up hurting the character too, but actually ended up helping him, and made his character somewhat sympathetic by the time the movie had ended.

Despite his death during the final climax of Man of Steel though, it looks like Zod will still have some kind of presence in the DC Cinematic Universe moving forward, with his dead body shown in the latest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, and rumors of his character possibly being used to create Doomsday in the film.

However, during a recent interview, Michael Shannon addressed some of the rumors and discussed his time on the set of Batman v Superman and hinted at his character coming back with…. flipper hands? In case you missed the quote or need a refresher on the story, check out Shannon’s original quote below:

“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 fuck is he?’ and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, ‘Let me out of here!’”

To say that this story confused fans and journalists all over the world would probably be an understatement. What does he mean by flipper hands? Is he referring to some kind of motion-capture suit that he was wearing? Do his character’s hands get changed in the film? Well, according to a new interview Shannon did with The Daily Beast, it sounds like he might not have even stepped foot on the set of Batman v Superman after all. Check out his explanation for the “flipper hands” comment below:

“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. That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously.”

He continued:

“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.”

In regards to that shot of Zod’s dead body from the trailer, Shannon had this to say:

“I wasn’t there. It’s a really awkward situation—I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on. 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.”

He went on to elaborate more about the whole “ghosts” thing too, and what exactly he means by that:

“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.”

Now, it’s possible that Shannon did, in fact, make up the whole “flipper hands” thing as a joke in the original interview, and anyone who’s ever actually watched an interview with Shannon might be able to believe that. However, it is also possible that he’s doing some major damage control right now after possibly spilling the beans about whatever those “flipper hands” mean and his role in the film. Right up until recently in fact, all fans know about Zod’s actual involvement in the Batman v Superman story has come from a lot of fan speculation, and that one small shot in the trailer.

However you take Shannon’s comments though, it sounds like Zod will be involved in the story one way or another, whether it be through Michael Shannon’s voice-over as the character’s ghost, or actually live-action with flippers for hands. Anything’s possible in the superhero world after all, including Zod simply coming back with flippers… for hands. Or he could be in a motion-capture suit playing Doomsday. Both options seem pretty far out there, but I’m gonna go ahead and hope for the latter.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be released on March 25th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable