While there's been plenty of attention paid to new Superman, Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon (aka General Zod) has remained a bit of a mystery. Shannon recently spoke about the role that made Terence Stamp a household name for comic book fans, and it's got us more excited than ever about Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel.
Shannon describes his version of Zod as "stop[ping] at nothing to get the job done. General Zod doesn't have a supervisor." As for Stamp's original Zod, "He was phenomenal. I have to try and figure out a way to do something different."
What that "something different" will be is as yet unknown, but we do know that the costume will be completely different. "Yeah, the flowy costumes don't really ... that's not the style nowadays. Everything's skin-tight," says Shannon. There are two different modes. There's something that I have to wear a motion-capture suit for, because if I actually wore it, I wouldn't be able to move. It's a very big ... thing. I actually don't know what it's going to look like, I just know that it's very cumbersome. There's another thing that I wear that's an actual costume. It's pretty simple."
On the one hand, a complex costume could be awe-inspiring and scary but, on the other, we all know how wrong a motion-captured costume can go (*ahem* Green Lantern *cough*). Even Shannon admits he has no idea what the final product might look like.
"That's the thing about these movies. I could have an elephant head."
We've seen worse, but what would you want Zod's costume to look like?