Michael Shannon, who is of course known in the superhero world for having played General Zod in both Man of Steel and this year’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (although having never set foot on the set for the latter) has revealed in an interview with Fandango that he once had the opportunity to play the lead role in either a Marvel or Star Wars film, but turned it down.
After being questioned on if a Marvel or Star Wars role would be something that he would like to look at doing in the future, Shannon revealed it was actually something he had previously been offered. After saying that it wasn’t something he would be interested in, he explained his reasons:
No, I’m not really looking for that. They called me recently about some iteration – I won’t say – but some version of a movie that’s been made already countless times. They were gonna give me a lot of of money, but I was like nah. Big movie, too. But I have to think it’s an interesting story. If I don’t, I can’t do it. I won’t do it.
He also spoke about his previous experiences on working within a large franchise, specifically, the DC Cinematic Universe within which Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice take place:
When I did Man of Steel I thought the story was interesting; I thought it was relevant. It was about a civilization that destroys the planet they live on and goes looking for another one. Ring any bells? That’s why I did it. I didn’t do it because I felt I needed a big comic book franchise – I honestly thought it was a beautiful story.