by Brett White
Just a few days ago we brought you the Suped up cover of Total Film featuring “Man Of Steel” stars, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Now the contents of Total Film are finding their way online, including an interview with Superman and General Zod themselves.
Michael Shannon, the man behind Superman’s archenemy General Zod, has a more measured opinion of the character. “He’s not a villain,” Shannon said. “He’s not a villain any more than any other general fighting to protect his people. He doesn’t like to just hurt people and steal diamonds. He’s focused on being successful at his job.” And if that job happens to include destroying anything that gets in his way, so be it.
Shannon also had thoughts about the character’s last appearance in little-known film called “Superman 2.” “I think the way Terrence Stamp approached it, and this isn’t any kind if criticism of his performance, there was something kind of detached about it. Pure hatred, rage, whatever. I think this [characterization] is more ambiguous.”
Cavill shared a bit of his research regiment, confessing that he didn’t have access to a comic book store while growing up. But calm down, everybody, the new Man of Steel has done his homework! “I managed to piece together this character, maintaining that baseline and having all differences and nuances that our script adds. This is our own thing, stand-alone. It’s about Superman, but we’re not copying from any one comic book in particular. And that’s a good thing, because its an origin story.”
You can check out more “Man Of Steel” coverage in the latest issue of Total Film.
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