Michael Shannon Debunks that Zod Will Have Flippers in Batman v Superman


Michael Shannon, who played General Zod in Man of Steel, recently made comments referring to what he had as “Flippers” on his hands, which further made fans wonder how big of a role he will play in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and if he may end up being Doomsday after all.

Michael Shannon spoke with The Daily Beast as he was promoting his new film 99 Homes in which he addressed what he had said and attempts to explain himself.

On his appearance in the trailer

“I wasn’t there,” he said. “It’s a really awkward situation—I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on.”

On Doing voiceover work for the film

“The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts,” Shannon said. “The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long.”  “I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous,” he said.

On the “Flippers” Comment

“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bullshit answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that,” Shannon said with a baffled smile. “That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously.

On Returning to the DC Extended Universe and Zack Snyder 

“Maybe they should add it, I don’t know! Maybe in Part 3, Doomsday will have flipper hands. I mean, look—nothing would make me happier than to work with Zack [Snyder] again, he’s hysterical and he’s a lot of fun to work with.”

While I do believe he could return in the form of an AI, similar to Jor-El in Man of Steel and with today’s technology all they would need to do is have one day to film his movements for the computer and do voice over work, which apparently did have, but I do find it interesting that he back peddled on his comments. He probably got in trouble by Warner Bros. and had to figure out a way to debunk it.

Eric Curto
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