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(WARNING: The following contains a few minor plot SPOILERS relating to DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as one gigantic one regarding Man of Steel. Proceed with whatever level of caution your sage Kryptonian ancestors suggest to you is wise.)

Now, of the many, many criticisms leveled at 's over the last year, strikingly few of them were aimed at , and his returning General . Now, sure, that's largely because Zod's appearance in the film was largely limited to lying on a slab, looking inanimate, but it still technically makes Shannon's performance one of the least controversial elements of ' movie.

The only problem with that, of course?

Michael Shannon Had Way Less To Do With Batman V Superman Than You Think

[Man of Steel/Warner Bros]
[Man of Steel/Warner Bros]

Now, we already knew that Shannon's primary, slab-based appearance in the film was largely produced via artistic trickery, but it now seems that the actor didn't actually step foot on the film's set at all. Indeed, as he recently revealed to Metro:

"To be honest, I never went to the set of that movie ever. I did some ADR, I recorded some lines that Zack [Snyder] wasn’t even sure he was going to use — like, creepy s*** I’d be saying to Lex Luthor in the spirit world or wherever. I don’t even know if it’s in the movie or not."

So, there you have it, folks: Michael Shannon may technically appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but there's a pretty solid chance that he neither his actual face nor his voice actually turn up in the finished product. And, from the sounds of it, there's a good reason for that (and, in particular, the construction of the fake Shannon model that we saw on screen):

[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros]
[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros]

"I do seem to recall a giant, rubber, naked version of my body... They couldn’t pay me enough money to take my clothes off."

Which, of course, raises two key questions: 1) Just how much money would it take to get Michael Shannon to inexplicably take his clothes off in, say, Justice League, and 2), Why did Zod even need to be naked in the first place?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address, gang.

Still want more Shannon-related fun? How about his rather explicit thoughts on Donald Trump, or that time he fell asleep watching Batman v Superman?

In the meantime, what do you think? Did Batman v Superman suffer from a relative lack of Zod? Let us know below!



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