When ‘Man Of Steel’ announced that they had cast Michael Shannon to play General Zod, a lot of people suddenly had high hopes for Zach Snyder’s version of the DC cinematic universe, especially with a big name and serious artist like Shannon signing on to play the villain. Shannon is known for seeking out important roles that he considers very seriously before taking, and clearly him taking the role of Zod meant he saw something special in ‘Man of Steel.’ Then the film came out, and we realized that Shannon was basically the best part of the movie, and Snyder’s DC Cinematic universe has yet to have a villain rival anything as great as Shannon, nor have we had nearly as much hope for a DC movie since then.
As to why he took on the role of Zod, Shannon revealed his motivations recently during an interview with Fandango:
“When I did Man of Steel I thought the story was interesting; I thought it was relevant. It was about a civilization that destroys the planet they live on and goes looking for another one. Ring any bells? That’s why I did it. I didn’t do it because I felt I needed a big comic book franchise – I honestly thought it was a beautiful story.”
When asked is he was interesting in ever joining a film set in the MCU or jumping into a ‘Star Wars’ film, Shannon gave the following answer:
“No, I’m not really looking for that. They called me recently about some iteration – I won’t say – but some version of a movie that’s been made already countless times. They were gonna give me a lot of of money, but I was like nah. Big movie, too. But I have to think it’s an interesting story. If I don’t, I can’t do it. I won’t do it.”
Of course, the most likely subject here is that he was offered something in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and was not interested, which I can understand coming from an actor who was already burned once doing a reboot of a well-known hero for a big studio, and with Marvel pushing for the tone of the new Spidey film to be more humorous and play younger, it is easy to see why Shannon would not think there was much he could get from a role in the film. Can you think of any ‘Star Wars’ or Marvel project coming up that might have a role interesting enough that might actually suit Michael Shannon? It might take some time, but I could one day maybe see him stepping into a ‘Star Wars’ film in a serious role, just not too sure about seeing him in the MCU, the tone might not be right for the man. Feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions on the matter in the comments below!