(Warning - potentially HUGE SPOILERS for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may well lie below. Proceed with whatever level of caution your natural SPOILER-aversion dictates...)
Now, when the credits rolled at the end of Man of Steel, it's probably fair to say that the immediate reaction from fans was...mixed. For some, it was a striking return to form for a franchise that had struggled since the early 1980s, while for others, it was deeply problematic, undermining a superhero they had known and loved since childhood. A major part of the latter group's problem with the movie?
This particular moment:
Y'know, the one where Superman snaps the neck of the movie's main villain, General Zod. The one which, for many fans, took away one of the hero's most defining traits - his unwillingness to kill, no matter the circumstance.
If you're one of them, though, then boy, do I have some good news for you. From the sounds of Michael 'Zod' Shannon's recent interview with Vulture:
General Zod Might Not Be Quite as Dead as We Thought
Now, sure, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer may well have shown the dastardly general being bagged and tagged and sent on his merry way - but that doesn't mean it's the last we'll see of him. As it turns out, Shannon was actually pretty busy on the film's set - wearing a set of flippers:
"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!'"
Now, thankfully, Shannon was ultimately set free by the 'craft-service guy'...
"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."
...but that doesn't answer the two big questions that Shannon's interview seemingly raises. Specifically:
Why Was Michael Shannon on Set, and Why Was He Wearing Wax Flippers While He Was There?
After all, from what we've seen from the film's most recent trailer, he's very much dead, right? Well, from the sounds of it, maybe not so much.
There's long been a rumor circulating that Batman v Superman would not only feature the infamous Superman villain Doomsday (who once - sort of - killed Superman)...
...but that Michael Shannon's Zod is set to be transformed into the mindless creature. After all, what other Earth-based body could withstand the physical might of the Man of Steel?
Could Shannon's 'wax flippers' reveal, then, be a confirmation that the rumors really are true, and that he's set to return as Doomsday? Transforming the actor into a (presumably CGI-heavy) monster could, after all, have involved the use of wax flippers as part of the green-screen process.
What's more, it'd certainly give the newborn DC Cinematic Universe a fair shot at an iconic villain right out of the gate - as well as positioning Man of Steel as a true, narrative-ly-necessary starting point for the universe.
Or, y'know, Shannon's going to wind up playing Aquaman's newly-invented-for-the-screen sidekick, Flippy.
What do you think, though?