Famed for being the perennial bad guy, Michael Shannon will be reprising his role as the indomitable General Zod; but with a twist. While recounting a story about getting himself stuck in a tight spot during the filming of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Shannon let slip that his character would be undergoing some physical changes.
“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 f*** is he?’ and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, ‘Let me out of here!’” Fortunately, Shannon was rescued by an unlikely hero the “craft-service guy, who doesn’t have the best craft service,” Shannon said. “He was actually paying attention to what was going on. He came over and he opened the door for me. Otherwise I would have gotten fired.”
At the end of Man of Steel, Zod was killed in a staggeringly controversial move by Superman. The trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice however has shown that his corpse is in the possession of Lex Luthor, giving rise to speculation that he will be a plot point in the upcoming movie. The news that Zod will be sporting flippers suggests that his body will undergo a significant physical change, adding fuel to the rumour that he may be set to become Doomsday in this film or in Justice League.
All will be revealed in due course with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting our screens on March 25, 2016.