Michael Shannon was an inspired choice to play the vengeful General Zod in Zack Snyder’s 2013 action spectacle, Man of Steel. He brought a real anger and presence to the role and portrayed, quite wonderfully, a broken man who would stop at nothing to recreate the world he cared for so deeply. The unfortunate thing is he didn’t quite make it out of the film alive, as one of the most controversial endings in film history kept him from appearing again as a spry and alive Zod, ever again. However, those with a keen eye might have been able to spot him in this summers massive blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s surprising then, to come to find out that he was never actually on set for the movie. Instead, the filmmaker and his team used a mold as a stand in.
In a recent interview with Metro US, Shannon goes into further detail on what transpired.
“To be honest, I never went to the set of that movie ever,” he said. “I did some ADR, I recorded some lines that Zack [Snyder, director] wasn’t even sure he was going to use — like, creepy s— I’d be saying to Lex Luthor in the spirit world or wherever. I don’t even know if it’s in the movie or not. I do seem to recall a giant, rubber, naked version of my body.”
The creepy spirit world dialogue that Shannon is alluding to never actually made it into the film (or the extended version of the film), but it does sound quite intriguing to say the least. It would have been interesting to see Zod trying to either persuade or disparage Luthor from turning him into Doomsday. It’s hilarious that Michael Shannon had no idea about the mold until he ended up catching the film eventually. I imagine it’d be quite shocking to see yourself appear naked in a movie whose set you never showed up to.