Shannon Doesn’t See Zod As A “Villain”

Michael Shannon says that his take on General Zod in the upcoming Man of Steel is one where the character isn’t necessarily a villain.

Speaking to Total Film Magazine, Shannon says that the new Zod is less a villain and more a general “fighting to protect his people.”

“He doesn’t like to just hurt people and steal diamonds; he’s focused on being successful at his job,” Shannon says.

Shannon and co-star Henry Cavill say they are not being influenced by previous comic book canon, performances or interpretations of their characters. Cavill will don the cape to be Superman in the film and says that his immersion into Super-lore began when he got the part.

“I managed to piece together this character, maintaining that baseline and having all differences and nuances that our script adds. This is our own thing, Stand-alone. It’s about Superman, but we’re not copying from any one comic book in particular. And that’s a good thing, because its an origin-story,” Cavil says.

So, does this latest news give you more or less optimism about the upcoming movie?

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