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Matt McGloin

Superman: The Man of Steel (2013): Michael Shannon Doesn't Understand Fans or Read Comic Books



Michael Shannon, director Zack Snyder's choice to play Zod in the new Superman movie, the Man of Steel, has trouble identifying with all the fanboys and girls.

Shannon tells the LA Times HeroComplex that he can't understand all the fans' excitement and also that he doesn't read the comic books.

“There are legions of fans salivating, who will literally spend the next year and a half looking at the clock, waiting for this movie,” Shannon said, shrugging his shoulders. “That’s just the way it is. I don’t know why. Me, personally, I’m not a huge fan. I can’t even read comic books. I don’t know which panel to look at next. I hardly ever know what any of the characters are talking about. So, no, I am not one of them. But there are a lot of them. They’re out there. And they really want to talk to me about this movie!”

The actor, who seems to be the type to speak his mind, says that Warner Bros. has even told him to keep it on the down low.

“I got signaled that less is more,” Shannon said. “It’s kind of curious. It is Superman. So I think everybody kind of knows what happens, you know? Nothing’s going to be a huge shock.”

Regarding his character in the movie, Shannon offers up that Snyder seems to be portraying Zod in less than a typical "villain" role. Something we've heard mentioned in the past.

"Me and Zack are constantly trying to bring as much variety and complexity as possible. He’s very good about that. No matter what I come up with on the first take, he comes up with a good way to explore it and change it up to keep it interesting. You don’t want it to be: ”˜I’m a bad guy. I hate you!’"

Head on over to the HeroComplex via the link above for more.

Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on the Man Of Steel develops.

Man Of Steel flies into theaters June 14th, 2013 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha "Ma" Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as Zod, and Russel Crowe as Jor-El.

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