If you're having an existential crisis this morning, you can thank Zod for that. General Zod, that is.
Michael Shannon, who played General Zod in "Man of Steel," has apparently been playing all kinds of games with our hearts when it comes to accidentally-on-purpose spoilers for the upcoming "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." A few weeks back, the actor told Vulture a fantastic story about getting stuck in a porta-potty on the set of "Batman V Superman," unable to escape because “I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands." A craft services worker had to rescue poor, be-flippered, toilet-trapped Shannon.
As it turns out, the story is fantastic not just in the sense that we love picturing Michael Shannon imprisoned in a toilet, but also fantastic in the sense that it's totally made up.
In an interview with The Daily Beast earlier this week, the actor admitted as much.
"Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bulls--t answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something, and people have been asking me about that," he said. "That is so obviously a complete bulls--- story, right? But people took it seriously."
Say it ain't so, Michael!
He did say that he'll be, well, a ghost basically??
You may remember that Zod got super-killed by Superman at the end of "Man of Steel," and his corpse was glimpsed in the trailer.
“I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing," Shannon said, referring to how Russell Crowe's character became a "ghost" in "Man of Steel." Allegedly Zod's in a similar sitch. "But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous."
There are a number of different ways we could take this news.
1. Shannon isn't in "Dawn of Justice" beyond the voice work he's already done for the movie, and he just has a thing for flipper tall tales.
2. His Daily Beast quotes were misdirection and he really is a be-flippered Zod in the sequel.
3. Michael Shannon is in the movie, but doesn't have flippers. May have still gotten stuck in a toilet, regardless.
4. Nothing is real. Nothing.
Personally, I'm going with number four. We'll have to wait until "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" dawns in theaters on March 25, 2016 to find out.