While the recent Batman Vs. Superman Comic-Con trailer (watch below) did reveal Michael Shannon's Zod, it was only in the form of a corpse, with many fans online speculating that Lex Luthor gets his hands on the body following Man of Steel.
Now while speaking with Vulture, Michael Shannon looks to have confirmed some sort of role in Batman Vs. Superman as the actor states he was on set and offers some rather interesting comments about his hands.
“I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands,”
“So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder, the director] being like, 'Where’s Shannon? Where the fuck is he?' and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, 'Let me out of here!'”
Fortunately, Shannon had his personal superhero in the “craft-service guy, who doesn’t have the best craft service,” Shannon said. “He was actually paying attention to what was going on. He came over and he opened the door for me. Otherwise I would have gotten fired.
Shannon wouldn’t elaborate any further about his brief appearance in the trailer.“Well, I haven’t seen the trailer either, so I don’t know what I am in the trailer,” he said. “I could be a toaster, or a Porsche, I don’t know.” (He didn't say where he's seen a toaster with flippers.)
There has been rumor that Shannon may become Doomsday in the movie, which I actually hope doesn't happen (I would rather have the real deal from the comics). It's possible Lex Luthor may experiment on Zod creating some kind of creature (maybe a version of Bizzaro?) that he unleashes on Superman (and/or Batman). The trailer also seemed to have revealed Mercy Graves involved with Zod's body, which may hint at an Amazonian influence.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.
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 Vs. Superman Comic-Con Trailer: