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Gareth Cavanagh

Just when we thought we had all the answers to what part General Zod has to play in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Michael Shannon changes the questions. For some time it was believed that Doomsday would feature in the movie. Most probably as the global threat that leads to the heroes coming together to stop a common foe. This would certainly explain some of the scenes of destruction shown in the trailer (remember this thing kicked Superman's Kryptonian arse in the comics). It had been said that the reason Zod's corpse is in the trailer is because Lex Luthor uses it as a host to create Doomsday.

Shannon added some weight to these rumours when in an interview with Vulture he described an odd experience he had on set with a costume. The internet assumed that what he was describing was some kind of motion capture suit:

"I was in my costume, and I couldn't use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands."

Admittedly, that is a pretty bizarre statement to make, but fans guessed the "flippers" were some part of the motion capture and that his character in the movie, when all the CGI was done, would not in fact have flippers. Michael continued:

"So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn't open the door, and I could hear Zack being like, 'Where's Shannon? Where the f*** 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 have to admit, it seems a little bit strange that Zack Snyder would flip out like that for the sake of a slight delay, especially when the actor he is complaining about is a heavyweight like Michael Shannon.

Recently in an interview with The Daily Beast, Shannon backpedaled on what he had recently said about his time on the set of one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. Instead saying this:

"I wasn't there. It's a really awkward situation-I'm in the trailer for a movie that I didn't work on. The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts. The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he's been dead for lord knows how long. I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it's like that ghost thing. But I don't know if I'm supposed to say that. I get very nervous."

He's changed his tune...suspicious.

He further played down the remarks about the flippers when he said:

"Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bull***t answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that. That is so obviously a complete bulls**t story, right? But people took it seriously."

Although the flipper story does sound implausible, it is so crazy that it just might be true. To me, it looks like he has given too much away and Warner Bros. has instructed him to fix it. Though the talk of flippers makes it sound like he was joking, they could quite easily be a prop that will be rendered into Doomsday's bone claws in post-production.


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