'Man Of Steel' Villain Michael Shannon Describes Russell Crowe Fight

"Man of Steel" actor Michael Shannon has promised that he won't imitate the legendary Terence Stamp when he takes over the actor's iconic role of General Zod in the 2013 superhero film — so, does that mean he won't make the people of Earth kneel before him?

"It's not a sure thing that there will be any kneeling in the film," Shannon told Empire of his character's signature command to "kneel before Zod." "It's not a dead issue, but it's not a certainty."

In fact, Shannon has another idea for what Zod should force his victims to do.

"Maybe I'll make people stand on their tippy toes just to change it up," he joked. "'Stand on your tippy toes before Zod!'"

The actor also spoke with Digital Spy about his previously reported Russell Crowe fight scene. The "Gladiator" actor stars alongside Shannon in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot as fellow Kryptonian and Superman's father, Jor-El.

"We do have a fight sequence in the film," he said. "We worked on it for a long time, we rehearsed it for a long time, then you shoot it and it's done. It's kind of strange to put all this work into something that's going to be maybe a minute long [on film]."

A minute long? Doesn't sound like Jor-El's battle against Zod is going to be too eventful. Then again, a lot can happen in one minute — just ask Hank Schraeder. (Yes, that was a "Breaking Bad" reference. I have a problem.)

"Man of Steel" flies into theaters on June 14, 2013.

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