Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013

‘Boardwalk Empire’ star Michael Shannon talks ‘Man of Steel,’ his CG armor, the script with new heat vision photo

As the marketing campaign for Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel begins to kick into high gear, Michael Shannon talked with Collider in an April 22 article about his role as General Zod.

While promoting his crime drama The Iceman, Shannon confirmed his costumed armor is computer generated.

Michael Shannon as General Zod in Man of Steel“I never wore the armor.  That is a CG outfit, I think I can say that without getting assassinated, yes.  Honestly, the armor would be very heavy – like in Iron Man, Downey Jr.  doesn’t ever wear armor – Oh, but there is a guy who wears it.  I know the guy, the guy who was the Iron Man double, who had to wear that freakin suit was on Man of Steel and he said it was a freakin nightmare, it’s so freakin heavy.  They wanted me to have freedom of movement and if I would have actually been wearing a giant metal suit I would have been walking around like this, you know?  So every time you see me in that metal suit just close your eyes and imagine me in an Arlequino outfit; green, red, blue, with the little tight around the midsection.  Yeah, we all looked like bunch of dorks.” (Heat vision photo below from Empire Mag)

The new trailer gives fans a brief glimpse of Zod, but the Boardwalk Empire star praised the script.

“I thought the whole script was just very sophisticated for the genre that it is.  It was as sophisticated as scripts for other movies I’ve done that have been considered more highfalutin, or whatever.  It has a lot of deep themes in it, and the way they deal with Kal-El’s journey is really fascinating.”

Henry Cavill stars as Superman with Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.

Man of Steel opens June 14th.

Two covers for Empire magazine

Henry Cavill Superman Empire Magazine cover

Michael Shannon general zod Empire magazine

Michael Shannon general zod heat vision

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