Michael Shannon on Acting on "Another Planet" in Zack Snyder's Superman Reboot
10.01.11 by BJSprecher
With Michael Shannon doing a fair amount of press in recent weeks to promote his new movie, writer-director Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, the Academy Award-nominated actor has been the most accessible member of the cast of Zack Snyder's Superman franchise reboot, a fact that nearly every reporter who has interviewed him has exploited in an attempt to try to glean some knowledge about Man of Steel. While not always forthcoming with revealing information — he has said several times that he plans to "reinvent" General Zod, but he never says how exactly — Shannon recently disclosed in an interview with The L.A. Times that he will be acting "on another planet" in Man of Steel thanks to green screen technology, which seems to be a pretty clear indication that we will get to see Superman's (played by Henry Cavill) home planet of Krypton, pre-global catastrophe.
[Man of Steel is] unlike anything I’ve ever done. It’s massive sets. It’s literally another world. It’s the first time I’ve acted on another planet. ... As much green screen as there is and I’m sure will be, they’re actually building a lot of the sets as well. I had thought it was just going to be green screens everywhere and we would just be pretending everything. There’s quite a bit of detail they’re building and putting into it. It’s very helpful. The less green screen, the better — I don’t think you’d be able to find an actor on Earth who wouldn’t have that sentiment.
Shannon also revealed that what drew him to playing General Zod in the movie was the "challenge" of following in the footsteps of original Zod Terence Stamp.
This is one of the biggest stories of all time: the Superman story. Its prevalence is enormous. And I remember watching the original films — the [Richard] Donner films, and Terence Stamp in the role [of Zod], and the three Kryptonians — it scared the crap out of me. It really left an impression on me. Someone asking me to follow in those footsteps seemed like the highest kind of challenge you could have as an actor. And I always like to be challenged.
Superman: The Man of Steel is being produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Snyder's wife, Deborah. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight), from a story he conceived with Nolan. The cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Superman's Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer as Superman's Kryptonian parents, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van.