Michael Shannon set the internet on fire when he told Vulture earlier this month that he had trouble using stuff on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because he had “wax flippers” on his fingers. This gave a bit of life to the rumor that Zod’s corpse — as seen in the Comic-Con trailer — would be engineered to become Doomsday in the film, but now Shannon is claiming that he made the whole story up.
“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bulls**t 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 told The Daily Beast while he was promoting his new movie 99 Homes. “That is so obviously a complete bulls**t story, right? But people took it seriously.”
The Daily Beast told Shannon that he appears in the trailer for the upcoming movie (General Zod being carted off in a body bag), and he was surprised to learn about this. “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.”
He is saying he didn’t work on the movie, he then went on to back track on this, he did work on the movie, but only voice-over work. “I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.”
By “ghost thing” Shannon is referring to A.I.-like entity that Jor-El (Russell Crowe) appeared as in Man of Steel, which was quite an interesting feature of in the movie. “The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts,” Shannon explained. “The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long.”
This is a very confusing situation, Shannon never worked on the movie, but yet he did? This could all be part of a way to get fans speculating and talking about the movie or to draw attention away from cameo appearances. I guess we’ll have to wait until next March to find out how big a role Shannon has in the film.
In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25th 2016.