Michael Shannon shares 'Man of Steel' armor secrets
05:00 AM, Jun 15, 2013
Michael Shannon looks awesomely intimidating in Kryptonian battle armor as Man of Steel villain General Zod.
The best part for Shannon was that he didn’t actually have to wear it.
Zod’s decked out in alien duds when he comes to Earth looking for fellow Kryptonian Kal-El (Henry Cavill), better known as Superman. However, the armor he wears so well is actually CGI and was added in post-production.
The only time he’s seen wearing an actual costume is when he’s clad in a rubber suit and being put on trial for crimes against his planet. If anything, it’s more modern and stylish than Terence Stamp’s flowy Zod duds with the plunging neckline in 1980’s Superman II.
Having the armor be its own special effect was essential, according to Shannon, because real armor would have restricted his movement too much, especially in action scenes with Cavill.
“One of the stunt guys, Mike Justice, he had done some stunt-double work for somebody who wears a metal suit,” Shannon says, “and he said, ‘You should count your lucky stars it’s CGI. You put on a metal suit, boy, and you’ve got about four hours before you pass out.’ And this coming from a big, strong fella.”
The garb Shannon wore for those armor scenes was akin to a unitard.
“It’s really not what you want to be wearing when you’re playing General Zod,” the Oscar-nominated actor admits. “It’s not your ally, really. You kinda have to forget you’re wearing it.
“It’s better than being naked, I guess.”