Michael Shannon kneels before — or as, rather — Zod in “Man of Steel,” but he’s not the type to kneel before the comic book altar. In a new interview, the future Superman adversary spoke candidly about his views on comics culture and his inability to crack into the paneled page.
“There are legions of fans salivating, who will literally spend the next year and a half looking at the clock, waiting for this movie,” he told Hero Complex. “That’s just the way it is. I don’t know why. Me, personally, I’m not a huge fan. I can’t even read comic books. I don’t know which panel to look at next. I hardly ever know what any of the characters are talking about. So, no, I am not one of them. But there are a lot of them. They’re out there. And they really want to talk to me about this movie!”
Shannon said that he’s regularly getting in a “tremendous amount of trouble” when it comes to speaking about “Man of Steel,” a topic that comes up all too frequently in his interviews these days.
“I get signaled that less is more,” he said. “It’s kind of curious. It is Superman. So I think everybody kind of knows what happens, you know? Nothing’s going to be a huge shock.”
Perhaps there won’t be too many huge shocks, but Shannon is still doing his best to add “as much variety and complexity as possible” to Zod. Now, if only he could figure out his way around a comic book…