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Zod Mo-Capped in SUPERMAN

Michael Shannon confirms that Zod will be motion-captured in Man of Steel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 07, 2011
Source: MTV Movies, Moviefone

Superman (Henry Cavill) facing off against General Zod's right-hand villainess, Faora (Antje Traue).
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When images of Faora (Antje Traue) and a motion-capture actor were caught on the set of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel last month, one of the leading questions that emerged was why there was a motion-capture character standing next to the kryptonian villainous in the streets of Smallville. Was that General Zod or some unknown CG enemy to be revealed later? Well, co-star Michael Shannon has put that question to rest by confirming to Moviefone and MTV Movies that his version of General Zod will indeed incorporate the CG medium. He also revealed that helmer Snyder and the actor discussed the merits of playing a CG character before taking on the role.

To Moviefone:

"[I]t's one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe. It's very tight. It has a variety of different colors and shapes on it and it makes you feel like you're the court jester." He added "[I]t's funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI... I said, 'Just don't make me wear one of those silly suits.' He said, 'Oh, yeah, don't worry, I know exactly what you're talking about.' I was like, 'It's going to be really hard for me to be intimidating if I have to wear one of those silly suits.' He said, 'I totally understand.' Then I showed up and he's like, 'Dude, I swear to God, it's going to be so badass when we're done. Trust me, it's going to be wicked.'"

At MTV News, he also discussed his version of Zod versus the one we saw in the original Donner films.

"I'm not going to impersonate Terrence Stamp," he says of his take on Zod, "I'm not going to have a British accent or anything. I'm still getting my foot into the pool, you know? I just started working on it and all I can say is that it's very well written. There's a lot of really great opportunities to re-invent it for myself. To me, [being a General is] such an interesting kind of iconoclastic character. I can't imagine even being a Sergeant , let alone a General. He's in charge of the entire miltary of Krypton. That's going to take every little shred of imagination that I have. It's a good challenge."

Check out the full video interview below.

Man of Steel flies into theaters June 14, 2013.





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CrazyCEO 9/8/2011 1:56:41 AM

Not too sure about a CG Zod.  I'll hold off judgement until I see some concept art.

tallman 9/8/2011 2:48:59 AM

 Am I reading this wrong? Get a half decent actor and cgi him, if so unless they seriously want an alien or beaten looking thing why bother?

BunyonSnipe 9/8/2011 3:18:33 AM

Surely if one Kryptonian is CGI, they ALL have to be, right?

I was hoping the CGI actor would be playing Metallo!

I didn't recognise Shannon in that stupid get up...

Mossy1221 9/8/2011 3:52:53 AM

 superherohype has had these Superman set photos of a man in a motion capture suit (with a stick raising above his head about 2 ft.) for a while now.  

I recommend that site over this one.

Wiseguy 9/8/2011 4:06:24 AM

Wow I'm really curious about this now but I have full trust in Snyder so no doubts. But this does make me more eager to see his take on the characters and the reason for a cgi Zod. Maybe while in the phantom zone something really nasty happened to him otherwise all Kryptonians would need the cgi treatment like BunyonSnipe said

Maybe he's really playing Doomsday and they're just misleading us

Almost 2 years away, seems like torture

xJokersxWildx 9/8/2011 5:53:50 AM

CGI , is ruining everything . Why , Why . First the superman suit sux without the red underwear , and yes face it . too much blue it looks lame.

Now Zod in CGI . Takes the cake.

Still think Callum Blue would have made an amazing Zod for the movies.

O well. Thats Hollywood for ya .

lusiphur 9/8/2011 6:40:04 AM

 Mossy - so go back to superherohype and quit hyping them here.  We all know who they are.

Mania has had these pics for the same amount of time as shh.  Jarrod just needed a pic to put with the news he was reporting above.  The pic wasn't the story.







monkeyfoot 9/8/2011 6:57:50 AM

I'm definitely curious as to what they may be up to with a CG General Zod. Is he becoming Doomsday? Is he becoming Brainiac? Is he somehow partially in the Phantom Zone?

One thing for sure, this new Superman is certainly changing the formula. This isn't your father's Man of Steel!

shac2846 9/8/2011 7:06:06 AM

 The red underwear being gone is a good thing. I think the new suit looks awsome and it works well in the new comic too. You think the original Christopher Reeve costume looks better than this one, really? You really can't please some comic fans. Looking forward to seeing this. IN NOLAN I TRUST!

SmokingFrog77 9/8/2011 7:12:39 AM

Is he full CGI or just have a CGI costume, with Michael Shannon's face at the top?


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