In case you haven't heard the very bizarre news, actor Michael Shannon has recently revealed a few details about his role in the upcoming superhero film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice!
Shannon portrayed General Zod in 2013's Man of Steel, and after an unfortunate end by the hands of Superman himself, most would assume that his tiny cameo in the Batman vs Superman trailer as a corpse was just that. But according to Shannon, Zod will have much a bigger role in the film than that of a cadaver:
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 [Porta Potty] 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!’ [I was helped by the] craft-service guy, who doesn’t have the best craft service. 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.
Besides the shocking fact that Zack Snyder might actually fire someone for their Porta Potty problems (harsh), there's one other super weird detail that Shannon let slip; he has...flippers for fingers. This is particularly awesome news, as it seems to only fuel the fire of the rumor pot that is Michael Shannon's role in the superhero match-up movie. See, many have speculate that Lex Luthor - twisted and genius as he is - is planning to use Zod's deceased body to create Doomsday, the most dangerous villain in the DC Universe.
Now, many have been quick to point out that Doomsday and Zod are not the same person in the comics. But that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be one and the same in the DCEU. Still, I don't believe that Zod is Doomsday.
In fact, the person I think he really is destined to become is a completely separate DC character. Now, the DCEU - or just comic book films in general - are already subject to hundreds of different theories, speculations and wild thoughts. So I'm completely comfortable sharing my strange theory with all of you! That being said, be warned, because my theory is absolutely crazy. Whether or not it's a good kind of crazy, or a bad kind, is completely up to you.
Anyway, here it goes. I believe that General Zod is not Doomsday. I believe that he's actually.........*drum roll*.........King Shark!
I know what some of you are thinking, and no you aren't being punked. I promise you that Ashton Kutcher is not going to pop up from behind you with a camera—and if that does happen, I had nothing to do with it!
I truly think that Zod might be the terrifying humanoid King Shark in Batman v. Superman. And no, it's not simply because Michael Shannon said he had flippers and sharks have flippers; but that is how I first got the idea. But after a lot of thought, there's a little more than just flippers that suggest that King Shark and Zod will be one and the same come 2016.
Allow me to explain my reasoning behind this theory.
Doomsday Doesn't Have Flippers!
Doomsday has never been depicted with any fish-like appendages before. Furthermore, why should he be? As I said before, the DCEU is obviously going to change a few things from the comic. Zod being mutated into any super strong monster is already steering away from the original story.
So if Doomsday were to have flippers in Batman v. Superman, I wouldn't be mad because it doesn't exactly follow source material. I'd be confused, because why the heck would Lex Luthor give Doomsday FLIPPERS? I mean, even with fish hands, Doomsday could still be a powerful adversary for Superman, but why would a super intelligent evil scientist like Lex take the body of a powerful Kryptonian, mutate him into a hulking monster...and then give him flippers for hands?
Did he have some extra fish lying around from the trip to the farmer's market, and decide to just sew that in his Franken Zod creation? I'm not saying it's impossible, but it just sounds very implausible that Lex would create a beast capable of killing Superman, and supply him with random fish flippers for hands.
Of course, there is the theory that the "flippers" Michael Shannon is referring to are just CGI/motion capture stand ins. While this is very plausible, the way Shannon described his flipper fiasco leaves it very open to interpretation.
So that's why I don't think Michael "Flipper Fingers" Shannon is Doomsday. But admittedly, there is a little bit of a proble
t out that king Shark doesn't exactly have any either. It's true, King Shark is usually depicted with human-like fingers, which makes him even more scary. A shark with gripping strength!
The shark that you see above, chewing on Green Lantern's green lantern, is actually a different DC villain—known as The Shark. So why do I think Zod is going to be King Shark, rather than THE Shark? Simply put, it's because King Shark is more popular and well-known.
If Zod is going to be any aquatic DC villain, I can guarantee you it won't be The Shark. He may show up later down the line of DCEU films, but DC's not going to transform one of their biggest villains into a villain that hardly anyone has ever seen or heard of. In the same way that people think Zod/Doomsdays physical appearance and origins are going to be slightly altered, I believe that King Shark's will. Besides, giving him flipper-hands wouldn't really change much about the villain.
He'd still be a terrifying shark-like creature who can swim and walk on dry land, as well as in my nightmares. So as I said, King Shark not usually having flippers was a bit of a problem I ran into, but not a very big one. What is a big problem however, is if King Shark is even in DC's film plans at all? Well, if certain rumors are to be believed, he just may be!
King Shark Might Already Be A Part Of Batman v. Superman!
Like I said, this is a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. But according to a report by Heroic Hollywood, King Shark is very much going to be a part of the DCEU! The report states that both Aquaman and King Shark are being held captive by Amanda Waller in her maximum security prison.
If this rumor is true, that would mean that King Shark already exists in the DCEU right? And that my theory is now null and void? Well, maybe not. See, the report never states how Waller got her shady hands on Aquaman and King Shark; but another report, also by HH, sort of does:
In the movie, there is a scene where Batman breaks deep into Lexcorp/Cadmus and manages to hack into the Lexcorp computers. Batman brings up surveillance footage on the monitors which shows the following:
Ezra Miller's The Flash is a blur that stops a robbery.
Jason Momoa's Aquaman is held prisoner in a containment chamber where we see his hand slap against the glass.
So it looks like Lex Luthor handed Aquaman and King Shark over to Amanda Waller. It makes sense, they're both shady characters who see the Justice League as a threat to mankind. But that still leaves a nail-bitingly frustrating oversight.
How Did Lex Get His Hands On Aquaman And King Shark?
Alright, I've explained why Zod being a flipper-fingered Doomsday was odd, and how King Shark may already be in the DCEU, but now it's time to fully explain why I think they're the same person. Here's what we know about Zod, Lex Luthor has him. Or rather, he's in possession of his body.
Now, when you're Lex Luthor, and you've got the body of a powerful Kryptonian general, you are obviously going to do SOMETHING with it! While some may think that the most obvious and practical thing to do with one deceased Kryptonian, is to mutate him and use him to fight another Kryptonian. But here's the thing, Superman is already going to have his hand full with Batman—something that Lex clearly wants to happen.
If Batman and Superman, Lex's biggest problems, are already trying to destroy each other, why would Lex want to get in the middle of that? Now, I'm not saying that Lex is too smart for that, he's not. Every villain suffers from two things; monologuing and dooming themselves. Darth Vader could have just killed Luke and taken over the galaxy, but he took some time to give a speech about him being his father. Syndrome created a superhero killing robot, and pretended to be a superhero so that the world would love him. The problem with that? The SUPERHERO killing robot that he made tried to kill him! You know, because he was being a superhero? Big surprise there.
The point is, Lex could just as easily be making Doomsday, despite it being unnecessary to make a gigantic monster with heat vision that is undoubtedly going to turn on you in the end. But what if he's not making Doomsday at all?
What if he's making......*drum roll again* King Shark! But why would he be making King Shark? Well, the answer lies in Aquaman. See, we know that Waller gets Aquaman and King Shark from Lex Luthor. But how did Lex get them, and WHY did he capture them in the first place?
Simple, Aquaman is a big issue for Lex's business. Lex owns a multi-million dollar corporation, chances are that among his many businesses is one that deals with ships. Maybe he's got a fishing company, or one of those ships that transports oil for some reason (I'm not an oil ship expert). Either way, Aquaman probably doesn't feel too comfortable with Lex meddling in his aquatic kingdom.
I think that Aquaman makes his presence known to the world in Batman v. Superman by attacking one of Lex's ships. When this happens, it's obviously headline news. Lex, angered by Aquaman's attack, devises a plan to get rid of him. But smart as Lex is, he knows that can't face off against Aquaman in his own habitat, and it'd be impossible to draw him out of the water. So what does he do? He takes that Zod body he's had chilling in the freezer, and mutates it into that of a shark humanoid creature!
After unleashing King Zod Shark out into the wild, and capturing Aquaman, he gets a call from Amanda Waller. She heard that he has two incredibly dangerous sea creatures at his disposal, and she'd like to buy them off him. Lex is already a millionaire, so money is not going to convince him to hand Aquaman and King Zark to Waller. So what does she offer him? Well, that's an entirely different theory on its own.
So there you have it, my theory for who Zod is going to become in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice! In all honestly, it's just as outrageous and bizarre a theory as Zod becoming a flipper-fingered Doomsday. But that's what theories are all about, who wants to read a theory that isn't a little bit crazy?
Granted, there is a ton of evidence to disprove my theory. Like,
"Why would Lex use General Zod for someone like King Shark?" Or "Would King Shark have heat vision then?" and a whole bunch of other questions I can't completely answer right now. But at the very least, it's a theory I find interesting, and it's definitely something to think about. At least until Batman v. Superman comes out and I'm either proven right or wrong.
Until then, thanks for reading!
Source: AV Club