A couple weeks ago a spy photo from the set of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel made the Internet rounds. It contained what appeared to be Michael Shannon wearing what appeared to be a motion capture suit. If that was the case, then that would mean General Zod, the Evil Kryptonian General that Shannon is playing in the film, would have a completely computer generated outfit akin to the super suits in the recent, awful looking Green Lantern. Okay, so your opinion may vary, but I thought that the effects in Green Lantern looked horrible.
Depending on whether you agree with me or not, a recent interview that Shannon did with MovieFone could either make you weep or make you cheer. It turns out that yes, that was Michael Shannon in that photo, and yes, the General Zod costume will be created using CG. When asked about the motion capture suit Shannon said, “ … it’s funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI, or whatever. I said, ‘Just don’t make me wear one of those silly suits.’ He said, ‘Oh, yeah, don’t worry, I know exactly what you’re talking about.’” It turns out that Zack Snyder is a liar. Shannon is wearing the suit.
However, even though Shannon was forced to wear a silly suit because of Snyder’s lies, he assures everyone that fans will be happy with how the effects end up. Shannon continued, “… I showed up and he’s like, ‘Dude, I swear to God, it’s going to be so badass when we [sic] done. Trust me, it’s going to be wicked.’” So, rest assured, despite the fact that Zod will be wearing a CG suit instead of something physical, it’s still going to look really good. Unless Snyder is lying again.
If they do pull off the CG suit better than Green Lantern, which mostly just looked like Ryan Reynolds had made it to the final game in Nick Arcade, then good on them. But if the technology still looks kind of lame and creates floating head syndrome, then things might get kind of distracting. Because according to Shannon, “ … I’m not the only one wearing one – there are other people wearing them, too.”
Photo Credit: Ed Larom