Last we heard about Man of Steel 2 was that a script is in the works. With little hope for a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel anytime soon, there’s at least a little more to savor about the original film. In an interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation dug up by Batman-News.com, Man of Steel actor Michael Shannon, who played General Zod, reveals a bit more about how the film was initially pitched to him and his chemistry test with star Henry Cavill.
Although Shannon has admitted previously that he didn’t even have to audition for the role of Zod, he went a bit further in the interview, talking about Zack Snyder’s initial pitch. It seems that Snyder flew Shannon out to his home, pitched the entire movie to him in his living room, and asked him to play Zod. At first, Shannon was surprised Snyder wanted him when he felt that he would be able to get anyone he wanted for the role, but Snyder declared he wanted Shannon, and the rest was history. The only thing Shannon really had to do in terms of securing the role was have a chemistry test with Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Superman).
As Shannon says, the test was really to make sure that people would “buy them as lovers.” Of course, Shannon was joking around here, but as he spoke about the test, he also revealed that he has trouble keeping Henry Cavill’s name straight, saying he has issues remembering whether it’s Henry or Harry.
Never one to give a dull interview, Shannon has spoken at length about his time in Man of Steel and his brief time in Batman v Superman, even saying he was never actually on set for the latter film. You can watch his most-recent interview about his time as General Zod below. The information about Man of Steel comes at the 41:22 mark.